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Tyler Creek Forest Preserve Delights with a Meandering Creek, Woodlands and Prairie Flowers in Elgin, Illinois

Monday, August 15, 2022

 

Tyler Creek Forest Preserve features a meandering creek, prairie, and woodlands. The beautiful and fascinating Elgin, Illinois area preserve is one of the four original forest preserves of the Kane County Forest Preserve District. This week, we savored a peaceful hike in the preserve taking in Illinois nature in late summer.

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International Gardens, Nature Trails and Celebration Gardens Delight at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, Indiana

Saturday, August 13, 2022

 

An Interesting Mix of Nature Experiences Charmed Us at Friendship Botanic Gardens

Approaching Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, Indiana, we immediately noted a verdant tree canopy. I already knew that these gardens were a spot for us. We spent a relaxing morning enjoying nature paths and a cache of beautiful gardens 

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Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 12-14}

Thursday, August 11, 2022

 

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 12-14

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 12-14

Another summer weekend is here and it is a perfect one to soak up! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:

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Afternoon at the Bird Cliffs in Hellnar, Iceland

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

 Afternoon at the Bird Cliffs in Hellnar, Iceland

A Splendid Pause Exploring Cliffs in Hellnar, Iceland

The natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula abound so we quite enjoyed a return visit during our recent trip to Iceland. During this visit, we spent a nice pause exploring the bird cliffs at Hellnar. We only had time to spy the cliffs from afar on our previous visit. So, we welcomed the chance to slow down and explore.

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Hiking at Jens Jensen Nature Preserve and Pepperidge Dunes Nature Sanctuary in Sawyer, Michigan

Saturday, August 6, 2022


Hiking at Jens Jensen Nature Preserve and Pepperidge Dunes Nature Sanctuary in Sawyer, Michigan

We seized upon a recent sunny summer weekend to head up to Michigan. Always looking for new spots to hike, I keyed in on the Jens Jensen Nature Preserve in Sawyer. Adjacent to the Jens Jensen Nature Preserve is the Pepperidge Dunes Nature Sanctuary. The combined 45-acres of the preserves containing woodlands and wetlands present a lovely oasis for nature lovers.

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Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 5-7, 2022}

Thursday, August 4, 2022

 



Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 5-7, 2022

Hooray for summer weekends! There is plenty of fun to be had this weekend in the Chicago suburbs. Here are my picks:

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Guðrúnarlaug Hot Pot in West Iceland

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

 Guðrúnarlaug  Hot Pot in West Iceland is a natural geothermal pool in a striking setting

Exploring geothermal experiences while in Iceland is pretty essential to being truly part of Iceland. The country has many natural hot springs with some perfect for bathing. During our recent trip, we relaxed in a West Iceland hot pot and enjoyed the therapeutic, calming warmth of a geothermally heated pool. Divine!

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Nature Flourishes at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Saturday, July 30, 2022

 

Exploring a Wonderland of Rock Formations and Reflecting Pools at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota bears the nickname 'Granite City' as an homage to a long history tied with granite quarries. Today, the rehabilitation of 20 former granite quarries crafts a fascinating and beautiful nature preserve for all to enjoy at  Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. During our visit, we savored a summer morning exploring the 684-acre preserve.

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