I often lose track of how many Jr. Ranger badges my kids have earned which got me into a little trouble when we hit 50 and didn’t know it. 50 badges seemed like a good milestone for celebrating and the kids were a little disappointed that we had skipped it. “How about 70? 75?” I […]

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  • Leesa Dykstra - YAY! My boys look up to your kids for how many badges they have. I think we’re close to 25 or so now. Congratulations to you kiddos as 75 badges is a HUGE accomplisment!ReplyCancel

Traveling through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan without trying a pasty would have been a travesty. A pasty is a baked pastry, traditionally filled with meat, vegetables, rutabagas, seasoning and then baked to perfection. It is pronounced Past-Tee, but more run together, like Past-ee. Mispronounce it and you will be gently corrected. It has a […]

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  • Robert Maxon - Hi – welcome to the Munising area! I’m an airstreamer and a national park ranger with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – if you’re looking for some insights as to where you can get within the park, let me know and I’ll guide you! Safe travels!ReplyCancel

Full time travel burnout is real. Our life may look carefree and happy all the time, but behind the scenes there’s hours of planning, stress over work, getting school done, and wondering where on earth we are going to stay that night. I also stress about “seeing all the things” so when there is a […]

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  • Leesa Dykstra - YES! All of this! I was getting burned out before we got to Yellowstone and it continued because the first week were here we were in the park nearly every day. I hit a wall. The past 2 weeks we’ve spent nearly every day at the camper just hanging out, catching up on work and school, and loving on each other. It’s been SO nice! We have just under a week left here and we’re all so antsy to get back on the road. It’s, by far, the longest we’ve ever stayed in one place. It was a really nice break.ReplyCancel

Wow. Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts. About time I guess. Standard disclaimer that this is not ALL the money we spent for these months. Not even all our discretionary shopping – just the categories I feel that people would find most interesting. To learn how I work my budget see […]

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  • Wander Wasi - I wonder the same thing about Costco. We have a membership because it really pays for itself because of the savings for dog food but wow, we spend a lot on food there although the salmon and mahi burgers and cheese lasts quite a while. We are always so relieved to hear other full timers say they wear their clothes more than once too!ReplyCancel

We arrived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula unceremoniously on Friday afternoon, August 14, 2015 after driving up from Walmart down near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Totally ignored the time zone change to Eastern Time as we searched along the west shore of Lake Michigan for a place to stay for the weekend. We finally ended up in […]

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  • Boyink - I went to college in Houghton for a short time after HS. Going back up after Thanksgiving that year that year we got 24′ of snow in 20 hours and school close for the 2nd time in 100 years. We got stranded in Ishpeming because the lake had covered the highway. I remember a car encrusted in ice and looking like a Natural History Museum display. We got the last hotel room in town and had 5-6 guys crammed in there just waiting it out.

    Time to become trolls (get down under the bridge…;)ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Lol! That sounds epic. We did see the “snow meter” along the road up to Copper Harbor. My kids about died – “Let’s move HERE!” they said. No. Way.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Madsen Fox - Ah, pictures of the UP! I adore it up there. It’s been much too long.ReplyCancel

  • Robert Maxon - I just read your complete post; I wish I had seen you folks coming, earlier. I’m a national park ranger at Pictured Rocks Nat’l Lakeshore and a new airstreamer! The park is inundated with visitors this year, but still a beautiful place to visit – I’m glad you were able to see some of the key places in the park (as your pictures indicate).ReplyCancel

I love zucchini bread! One of my favorite things about having a garden (okay, in my past life) was planting a zucchini and reaping the rewards all summer long! Growing up my mom had a super tasty recipe, but unfortunately was also not very healthy. Lots of sugar and butter, so I stopped making it awhile […]

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  • Meg - This looks great. I grew up on zucchini bread and zucchini brownies. They were delicious because of all the butter and sugar. I am excited to try this recipe out. I would love a healthier option to my childhood favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Josh Blaha - My wife over at Life Outside the Box (lifeoutsidethebox.co) is always making pumpkin muffins. She has allergies to soy, dairy, and wheat. However, she has also found that most recipes aren’t very healthy. Circumstantially, she has had to make her own healthy alternative. I’ll have to share this with her since she loves zucchini. I’m sure she’ll enjoy having more options to cook with. :) Thanks for the post.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - You are welcome!! Let’s make sure we keep “healthy” in quotes. lol. Let me know how it goes!ReplyCancel

We recently had the opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Midwest Corn Alps Paragliding Competition out in Cosmos, MN. Last time we rolled through Minnesota Anna from SDI Paragliding reached out and said she’d love to meet up if we ever came through again. She’s a total travel lover and someday would love to set out […]

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Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota isn’t on the way to anywhere. You have to actually try to visit this northern Minnesota park and I had been looking forward to it for quite sometime. Our experience here was relaxing, fascinating from a U.S. History perspective and so much fun.  I’m so happy we spent the time to drive […]

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