Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, Michigan

Battle Creek Michigan is popularly known for one thing – cereal. The town is charming, and we stopped at the welcome center to enjoy stepping into a way back machine of cereals. Tony the Tiger, Snap Crackle and Pop, Sugar Smack Frog, they were all there. They had a very small history room where everything…

Ottawa NWR

This was one of the largest and nicest national wildlife refuges we have ever been to. The visitor center and surrounding areas have comprehensive education opportunities, well kept trails, and an excellent driving trail too. As we were leaving the park through one of the back trail roads, we saw an otter cross the road…

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

The home of president James A. Garfield is a large farmhouse in the middle of Mentor, Ohio. It’s gray paint color was faithfully restored in 2007. We did not get to tour the home because our timing was off and we had to get on the road soon. But the Visitor Center had a good…

First Ladies National Historic Site

First Ladies National Historic Site consists of two properties in downtown Canton, Ohio – the home of First Lady Ida Saxton-McKinley and a small visitor center with an exhibit and film. Come learn about how the position of First Lady has evolved over time to include a public role. [cite: https://www.nps.gov/fila/index.htm] This was one of…

Cuyahoga National Park

For a third time we are visiting Cuyahoga National Park. We like it for its trails, wildlife and waterfalls. It also helps that it’s fairly close to home.

Flight 93 National Memorial

After we left Gettysburg we headed to Shanksville and the memorial to the brave people and crew of Flight 93 on that fateful day, September 11, 2001. The website states it this way: “A common field one day.  A field of honor forever. On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when…