On our way home from the grand tour of the Great Lakes during the summer, we spent a quick night on the road in Toledo, OH. What do you do when you're in Toledo for a few hours, are a photographer, and love gardens? Easy: Toledo Botanical Garden. While I've been spoiled by some amazing botanical gardens like in Vancouver and Denver, for a smaller city, the Toledo one was a nice way to stretch our legs and had some neat features. Here are a few of my favorite photos.Read More
This car-less Victorian town accessible via ferry is definitely a step back in time. At under 4 square miles, it is both easy to explore the entire island and find areas outside of the main downtown very much isolated. Circling the island is an 8-mile trail that is popular with bikers, and there are plenty of bike rental places on the island. There are some truly steep hills climbing up to Fort Mackinac, circa 1780, and even higher up to Fort Holmes, an 1814 fort that has been rebuilt. We explored both the trail along the circumference as well as very isolated inland trails.
Fun-fact: Mackinac is pronounced "Mackinaw".Read More
The first few photos are wrapping up Door County, WI, and then the rest, starting with the waterfall, move into Munising, MI, nestled on Lake Superior in what is called the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. At over 6 hours north of Chicago, this part of the country is very close to Canada and while they have a winter sports appeal to some, I, for one, would not want to be there in the winter! Munising is best known for Pictured Rocks National Seashore and the most picturesque portions of the rocks are only viewable by boat. We toured by land with a lot of hiking instead given our limited time there. Munising was a quaint, peaceful little town that had my dream spot - a combination cafe, old-fashioned soda fountain, and new/used bookstore - that even had board games for customers to hang out and play (we did and Scrabble, of course!).Read More
In late June, we spent some time in Door County, Wisconsin, a little peninsula that sticks out into Lake Michigan, as part of a larger Great Lakes trip. With sunsets over the water and plenty of hiking, what's not to love? Here's the first in a multi-part photo blog from this trip. The Great Lakes is one of the few parts of the country I haven't been to, and I'd definitely recommend it!Read More