Route 66 Adventures: Chicago, Let the Road Trip Begin!

There’s nothing that captures the heart and soul of America like a cross-country road trip. From the very beginning of the westward expansion, promises of prosperity and opportunity enticed Americans to make the long journey. With the invention and eventual mass-production … Continued

Williams Hill Pass OHV Park: Our First Cabin Experience

We have tent camped, truck camped and stayed in a pop up, but we had never stayed in a cabin. There’s something about the idea of snuggling up in a tiny house in the woods that is exciting. It’s definitely … Continued

Exploring Shawnee National Forest in a Weekend

No disrespect to my home state of Illinois, but the prairie land is not the first place that comes to mind for diverse landscape. I was proven wrong this weekend when exploring Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. There are … Continued

10 Reasons to Visit Custer State Park in South Dakota

The sky looks like a blue blank canvas just waiting for an artist’s brush to swipe the first stroke. Not one cloud hung above our heads as we left Stockade Lake Campground to start our day. We are only 4 days into our … Continued

Top 6 Things to Do in Badlands National Park

Unique and surreal are the two words that pop into my mind when thinking about Badlands National Park. The South Dakota desolate terrain and unusual formations are an enigma of sorts. I had never seen anything like it. Exploring and hiking through … Continued

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden

Christmastime has arrived! I don’t know about you, but we are fascinated with discovering unique places to visit to get in the holiday spirit. The St. Louis Garden Glow with its million lights and festive installations seemed to do the trick. … Continued

Medieval Times: A Knight to Remember

As we pull into the parking lot, gasps of breath come from the two in the backseat. Bright colored flags atop of the large castle flap in the wind, signaling the impending tournament. Excitement and anticipation fills the air. My … Continued

Family Fun in Schaumburg: The Best Day Ever

It’s here, it’s here! Thanksgiving week equals fall break for most kids and they are usually ready to let loose and have some fun. We made it home to Illinois for the holiday, but just because we are home, doesn’t … Continued

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