Road Trips, Excursions and Weekend Getaways

My frequent travels to the north woods take me through some interesting places in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

When I was growing up, I couldn't wait to get to where we were going.  Now, I enjoy taking my time ( a sign of getting older?) and, more often than not, make the trip in two days or more instead of one.  I always try to get off the main highway and do some exploring. 

It is said that time is precious.  It is not nearly so precious as the hundreds of places that are just waiting for you to visit.  As my favorite Uncle Tommy used to constantly tell us: "Take some time to look around you. It's amazing what you will see!"  R. Karl 

Lake Chetak

Lures & Decoys

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

The Indians called it mune-owk, and it meant “spirited land.” Manitowoc hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Its heritage is one of rich maritime history, fur trading and the lumber industry. I invite you to read about our road trips there and to plan one of your own.

On the Bourbon Trail - A Trip Through Kentucky

I've driven through Kentucky countless times, never having a clue as to what treasures were to be found within its borders. But on this particular occasion, we had narrowed our focus to a relatively small number of things to do and see... Even so, five days "on location" yielded an incredible wealth of information -- not the least of which was what we gleaned from our tour of the bourbon trail.

Sheltered Bays

Side Trips

S.S. Badger

The S.S. Badger offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers and a wide variety of vehicles,  across Lake Michigan between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI. Read about our journeys on the S.S. Badger below.

Way Points

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