Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Forest Bathing and Chasing Waterfalls at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin

Forest Bathing and Chasing Waterfalls at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin

Forest Bathing and Chasing Waterfalls at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin

Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wisconsin easily entices visitors with the rush of Willow Falls and the spectacular landscape of the Willow River Gorge. Several drops add to the splendor of the falls. However, 12 miles trails fanning out into the forest are not to be missed.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Steeped Coffee: A Delicious and Eco-Friendly Travel Solution

Steeped Coffee: A Delicious and Eco-Friendly Travel Solution

Steeped Coffee: A Delicious and Eco-Friendly Travel Solution

**Disclosure: I did receive samples of Steeped Coffee in order to bring you this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Steeped Coffee roasted in California is packaged in single-serve packages and utilizes a special brewing method. Immediately, I was intrigued and thought that Steeped Coffee could provide an ideal travel solution when you are in a pinch for a good coffee on a trip. My readers may remember that I like to take my own tea on trips. So, I was pretty excited to learn about an easy way to bring my own coffee.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Scaling Unique Rocky Terrain and Waterfalling at Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota

Scaling Unique Rocky Terrain and Waterfalling at Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota

Scaling Unique Rocky Terrain and Waterfalling at Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota

Jay Cooke State Park on the St. Louis River in Carlton, Minnesota affords a unique landscape for hiking as adventurers navigate rock formations to enjoy fantastic views. The intriguing geology of the park consists of slate and greywacke  folded and fractured by earth movements and underground pressure. Red clay and silt overlaying the bedrock was laid down during the Ice Age. The distinctive rocky landscape will inspire exploration as nature enchants.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Rambling Along the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis

Rambling Along the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis

Rambling Along the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis not only present an opportunity for ambling and enjoying views of the Mississippi River but also a peek into the history of the city, the importance of the river, the development of industry and how all of this wrapped in the heritage of the city today.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Hiking to a Spectacular View at Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington

Hiking to a Spectacular View at Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington, IL

Hiking to a Spectacular View at Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington, IL

When I zeroed in on Grassy Lake Forest Preserve for our next hiking adventure, I did not expect to be treated to such a spectacular view! When we arrived at the forest preserve, we quickly noted that we would mounting a hill. Of course, our curiosity piqued and we embarked on the hike to and up the hill.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lake County Community Foundation Dramatically Increases NonProfit Support Efforts During COVID Pandemic


The Lake County Community Foundation Dramatically Increases NonProfit Support Efforts During COVID Pandemic

Recently, I learned about The Lake County Community Foundation and its work connecting donors with more specific community needs. True to it's mission, The Lake County Community Foundation helps the most vulnerable in the community by providing civic leadership, inspiring philanthropy and partnering with grant recipients. The fund was created in 2003 by civic leaders concerned about helping the community meet its growing needs and creating a better future for area residents in need. The current health crisis has made assistance by organizations like The Lake County Community Foundation all that more vital. I wanted to learn a little more about The Lake County Community Foundation and how we can join the effort to help those in need. I have been so fortunate to connect with Emily Weber the Lake County Community Foundation Manager of Community Leadership & Investment for more information on the functions of The Lake County Community Foundations and how it is helping during the age of COVID:

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Savoring Iceland, Learning History, Exploring the Maker Spirit and Loving Goats at Haafell Goat Farm in West Iceland

Savoring Iceland, Learning History, Exploring the Maker Spirit and Loving Goats at Haafell Goat Farm in West Iceland

Savoring Iceland, Learning History, Exploring the Maker Spirit and Loving Goats at Háafell Goat Farm in West Iceland

Háafell Goat Farm has many stories interwoven in the beautiful Icelandic countryside. Determination. Luck. Knowledge. Passion. Joy. Wellness. History. All of this and more can be found woven in the fabric of a visit to Háafell. Our visit to Háafell Goat Farm was one of our most memorable experiences in Iceland and we look forward to returning one day.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Meet Local Painter and Eco-Artist Lisa Marie Riedl

Meet Local Painter and Eco-Artist Lisa Marie Riedl

Meet Local Painter and Eco-Artist Lisa Marie Riedl

Recently, I collaborated with local artist Lisa Riedl on a project of inspiration during the time of COVID crafting art prompts to spark creativity in all of us. Lisa is an incredible painter and eco-artist. She has so much enthusiasm and passion about her craft that just bubbles over. Her art is absolutely amazing! I have been so impressed by her art and the fervor with which she shares her art that I wanted to introduce her to you. Enjoy this delightful interview with Lisa Riedl and be sure to peruse her art at L M Riedl Art: