Month: January 2016

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Niagara Falls

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One of the advantages of traveling in the off-season is that it is possible to visit those kinds of places everyone wants to see without everyone actually being there. Well we definitely visited Niagara Falls in the off-season – mid January, cold, snowing, and windy – definitely off. We hit the state park in the morning and scored first row parking! (Try that in the summer). The Visitor Center staff were very helpful and took a lot of time, with just us, to share what was open and what was good to see this time of year. There were a few other brave, off-season, explorers but we never felt crowded. Amber did not even have to wait in line to use one of those 25 cent mounted binoculars.
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DSC_0407The one thing there was plenty of was ice. It was everywhere. It surrounded the falls, clung to the railings, coated the trees – it dominated the landscape. In most places the beauty of the formations upstaged the grandeur of the falls. I say most places because when you are on the Canadian side, right where the water breaks over the edge and plunges into the cauldron of spray and mist and roar, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the absolutely relentless, absolutely steadfast power of it! At that place it seemed much more like a massive living thing than simply H2O succumbing to gravity. It is easy to understand why so many visit this Leviathan more than once. It has an affect on the soul. Continue reading →

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Wisconsin to New York

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Well, we finally left the frigid tundra of Wisconsin after 10 days of eating and visiting friends and family. We wanted to share a few of the highlights of this next leg of our Journey. Our last stop before heading out of Wisconsin, of course, had to do with cheese…what else? Mars Cheese Castle is a stop along the highway. They boasted over 300 kinds of cheese. I (Amber) was on cheese overload.
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Part two: Ice clouds, diners and more

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What to do you do in Wisconsin on a sunny morning when it is negative 15. Step One, boil up some water in a small pan. Step Two, take the pan of boiling water outside and position yourself in a line between the sun and onlookers with cameras and video recording devices. Step Three, hurl the boiling water into the air, (being careful to not give yourself an unintentional spa treatment or make it necessary to call 911). Step Four, capture as many spectacular backlit photos as you can. Step Five, repeat procedure repeatedly, experimenting with adding substances such as food coloring, dish soap, and agave nectar. Step Six, share results on the internet. Step Seven, make a list of all the wild things you can do when it warms up to plus 15.
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A Wisconsin Experience, Part One

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Halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and midway between the Green Bay Packers home and the Mall of America lies the small Midwestern town of Cadott Wisconsin.┬áIn it, and the farmlands that surround it you can experience a nearly complete microcosm of Midwestern life – barns, farms, cows, corn, beer, deer, cheese and silos – woven throughout gentle forests plotted on a grid-work of angular county roads and populated by Packers fans. Continue reading →

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Tribute to Friends and Family

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We realize this blog is intended to be about adventure and travel, full of insightful commentary, exciting stories, interesting travel tips and inspiring pictures. But we would like to dedicate this post to all the friends and family we were blessed to spend time with in December and January who wished us well, shared the holidays and made it so hard to say goodbye!

The first set of photos is from Lee’s work going away/holiday party and family Christmas. Continue reading →