Tag: exploring

10 ways to be a cool aunt

It’s no secret that I love being an aunt to four beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew. Their ages range from almost 4 years to 19 years, providing diverse conversations, activities and memories. 2 I find contentment with the love and laughter these amazing kids bring to my life. From the moment my oldest niece

Highlights of our Kentucky Derby adventure

Wow. A simple word to describe our recent experience at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. A dream come true for me to attend these races where I watched history being made. 2 In addition to amazing, sunny weather in Louisville, our days went off without a hitch. We met many people, saw beautiful horses,

Adventure Saturday: Exploring Detroit’s riverfront

With spring temperatures slowly heading to Michigan, and an abundance of sunshine greeting us on a recent Saturday morning, my husband and I decided to head to downtown Detroit to explore the riverfront. So much work and so many updates have been done in the past decade to improve the area so residents and visitors

A few of my favorite things

Barbara Streisand and Maria from the Sound of Music sing about raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as a few of their favorite things. While my husband, family and friends rank as my favorite people in my life, there are some things that bring smiles to my face and warmth to my heart. As

Biking through nature on Paint Creek Trail

While Mother Nature decides if fall is hitting Michigan early this year, I’m trying to get as much fun outdoor activity in as possible. My latest activity took me to Paint Creek Trail, an 8.9-mile trail that starts in Rochester and ends in Lake Orion. 2 Paint Creek Trail was the first rail-to-trail in Michigan.

Ready for a road trip

I love adventure and I love road trips. The thrill of the open road (well, depends on the time of day and construction season), wondering what adventures await, and new memories to be made. 2 My family recently headed out for our annual getaway. We decided to book at Barothy Lodge again, our favorite northern

Free or low cost activities keep summer fun

I’m always tempted to close my eyes when I see back to school supplies filling store shelves in July. And plug my ears when I hear people talking about fall activities. It’s only July and I’m milking every minute of our short Michigan summer weather! Besides there are still lots of activities I want to

Exploring central Maui’s state park (part 3)

We woke one day during our Maui vacation with no set plans except to relax so after breakfast on our lanai overlooking the ocean, we decided to head to Iao Valley State Monument near Wailuku in central Maui. I had read about this park in some of the travel guides, learning you could easily explore

Sunrise on top of Haleakala National Park (part 2)

Who sets an alarm clock on vacation?? That was my thought when I set my alarm for 2:30am (why go to bed right?) on the second day of vacation. But we were assured it would be worth it to see the sun rise on top of a mountain. And once again, Maui did not disappoint.

Preserving nature in Las Vegas (Part 3)

Las Vegas, Nevada is certainly well-known for the casinos, glitzy nightlife, excessive wants and expensive lifestyle. Did you know that Las Vegas means “the meadows” in Spanish? It was named this by explorers who found the springs and meadows surrounding the area. Not too far off the famous Strip are quiet parks, nature preserves and