The John Ball Zoo

The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been a place of nostalgia for us since we first visited almost a decade ago in 2013. Derek and I have made a lot of memories together going to zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries over the years which has evolved into our passion for birding on […]

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Where the World Gets a Little Smaller

A rainy day on vacation is typically seen as a wasted day, but this wasn’t a typical vacation. On the morning that we had planned to hike, we sat on the back porch before breakfast contemplating the weather forecast. In Hartfield, VA, there is a chance of rain and thunderstorms almost every day this time […]

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Hiking Beaverdam Park

At the top of our wish list for the River House trip was hiking with the family. Dale and Ginny are avid “nature people” and we wanted to trek a trail with them since we had never before explored the natural environment of Eastern Virginia. With much consideration for the hiking possibilities in the coastal […]

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Paddling the Piankatank

The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary: a body of water where fresh and saltwater mix. It is the largest of more than 100 estuaries in the United States and the third largest in the world. The Piankatank is one of the many rivers that empties into the Chesapeake from Maryland to Virginia. It is a […]

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The River House

The salty scent of brackish water wafts through the air as Belted Kingfishers dive occasionally into the Piankatank River for their next meal. A small patch of towering trees shade the elderly cat who gingerly puts one paw in front of the other to bridge the distance to the dock. Uncle Dale patiently guides seventeen-year-old […]

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Ninja Golf!

Konnichiwa! こんにちは Behold, golfers who prefer the miniature game with green carpets, waterfalls, and fluorescent balls, there is a new course with a Japanese inspired theme in the unexpected locale of suburban Granger, Indiana called Ninja Golf! We may have played nearly all the putt-putt courses in the Northwest Indiana area so it was an […]

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The North Judson Erie Trail

The old Tippecanoe Railroad/JK Line (TIPP) served the Buckeye Feed and Supply until the mid 1980’s into the little country town of North Judson, Indiana. The history of this rail line is commemorated at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum just off of Main Street where the wooden rail ties and spikes have been converted to […]

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The Calumet-Saganashkee Trail

In Chicagoland’s South Side there is a marathon trail at just over 26 miles that follows the Calumet-Sag channel connecting the Sag Quarries in Lemont to Freedom Park in Alsip, Illinois. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Jagers set off on another adventure to explore a new trail with our bikes. We started our journey […]

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Welcome to Wrigleyville

Three friends who love the Michigan State Spartans took a road trip to see a baseball game at Wrigley Field. Not one of us is a self-proclaimed Cubs fan, but instead root for the Tigers, Blue Jays, and White Sox. Even so, as baseball fans we wanted to experience the authentic Wrigleyville atmosphere since this […]

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The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

It’s the peak time of Spring for migratory birds flying over Lake Michigan to make a pit stop in the Indiana Dunes. The long-awaited annual migration of birders flocking to the lakeshore had finally arrived. As birders since 2019, we have been planning to attend this festival since the 2020 convention was canceled and we […]

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