Photo Walk at Oden State Fish Hatchery

On a cool, Autumn afternoon we walked the trails of Oden State Fish Hatchery in northern Michigan. The water was so clear that the trout could be seen right from the trail and the trees were in the peak of their colors.  This hatchery has been active since 1920 replenishing fish communities that are released […]

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Inside the Mind of an Unofficial Food Critic

When I am hungry, I will eat just about anything. The same is not true for my husband, who has a very particular taste in restaurants. I have struggled to contain my impatience at times when he scours through websites reading reviews and comparing menus before finally making a decision. While this vetting process can […]

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The World is Best Explored On Foot

I love maps. The best maps expand like origami from the palm of my hand to the size of an atlas that identifies each street by name. Maps are beautiful works of functional art that help me find my place by observing what is around me. I could probably find what I’m looking for faster […]

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

I stand with my arms open, chin to the sky, as another gust coats me with sweet mist in my eyes. The cloud of white is a rush of relief leaving droplets behind poised on the strands of my hair. I cheer after each thunderous wave as I would on the crest of a roller […]

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O Canada!

Those of us born as U.S. citizens blissfully enjoy many privileges with our navy blue passports that past generations have handed down to us. The more that I travel, however, I realize just how naive my worldview as an American has always been growing up in what is thought to be “the greatest country in […]

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A Sunset Tour for Two

Amidst the branches that frame our view, we slowly progress while ducking our heads with each twist and turn. The mangrove tunnels of Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve were not designed for humans but instead a wilderness for Florida’s panthers, alligators, manatees, and countless species of shorebirds. Immersed in the thicket, we worked together to steer […]

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The Great Hunt of Fort Myers

People are generally creatures of habit commuting daily routes and visiting familiar places. It can sometimes be difficult to appreciate where we reside without a tourist’s perspective of visiting a new place with open eyes. Every town has a history of how it came to be that is left just waiting to be discovered. My husband […]

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