Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Sierra Mountain Area

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We were on the way from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. To get there, we took a break from the long drive from San Francisco with a few stops along the way to some beautiful mountain towns, Murphys California Murphys California is a pretty, historic, gold mining town. Many of its business district buildings [Read more …]

Sierra Foothills of El Dorado and Amador Counties

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We recently spent a few days exploring Sierra Foothills of El Dorado and Amador Counties in California. The trip took us through some of the area’s prettiest and most historic gold Rush boom towns. Sierra Foothill Boom towns We explored three gold-based boom towns in the Sierra Foothills. Two of the boom towns continue to [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

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We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll [Read more …]

Chicago Restaurants

We always come to Chicago with a full schedule of restaurant plans, combining explorations of places opened since our previous visits with returns to some of our old favorites. Our 2019 trip was no exception. This trip combined an exploration of new restaurants (new, at least to us, from the three years since [Read more …]

Grand Rapids Michigan

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We had two primary reasons for spending a day in Grand Rapids—the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This left us just enough time to explore an additional, optional stop for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum The museum took us [Read more …]

Traverse City and Baldwin Michigan

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Traverse City Michigan We only made a quick stop in Traverse City Michigan for lunch. We took  quick tour but can’t say much about the city. But  can talk about our lunch at Harrington’s By the Bay. The meal was fast and very good . We had meal sautéed [Read more …]

Mackinaw Island Michigan

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Mackinaw island was first Europeanized in 1670, when a French Jesuit priest, Father Marquette, opened the first, albeit temporary mission. By 1781, the British took control and established a trading base. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac, a military fort was the subject of the first land battle of the War of [Read more …]

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a section of the state located north of Wisconsin and sandwiched between the beautiful coastlines of Lake Michigan (to the south) and Lake Superior (to the North). While originally a site for trapping and lumber, and by the 19th century, especially mining iron and copper, it now primarily serves as [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]