Minneapolis

We left Milwaukee yesterday and headed toward Minneapolis to set up camp north of the city. We slept hard. We had a busy day today with lots of stops.  We visited St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and the Minnesota Valley NWR.  We also visited the Mall of America,…

Milwaukee

We stopped by to see an old friend of mine from my Boston days, Debi, and her wife, Carrie, whom I got to finally meet. We got a tour of their terrific and cozy home before they took us to downtown Milwaukee for lunch and a walking tour. We walked the River Walk a bit,…

Chicago, Day 3

This morning we had tickets for the Frank Lloyd Wright home and workshop tour. We packed up the van and headed out. This was our last (half) day in Chicago.  As a young man, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Adler & Sullivan, an architecture firm in Chicago. He was so good at what he did…

Chicago, Day 2

This morning we were up at 5 o’clock and got to the train by 6 for the ride into Chicago. I do this to Alan. Because the best time to take landscape photos, and in most cases best the crowds, is early in the morning, I get up, wake him up, and if we go….

Chicago

Our reason for staying near Indiana Dunes was to more easily access Chicago. We did this by taking the South Shore Line, which runs through, and has several stops in, the park. The stop we used was Miller – it always had a perfect spot for us to park the van.  Parking the van is…

Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park sits at the southern end of Lake Michigan. It started out as a National Lakeshore in 1966, and was made a national park in February this year. Like most national parks, it has rustic camping and trails along with a variety of ecosystems. The northern areas of the park have large…