A Mixed Bag

Usually if there’s a damper on a camping trip, it’s a literal one: a rainstorm, a…

Fish, Cheese, and Apples

We are spending the week at Black Hawk Campground near De Soto, Wisconsin. A first time…

Cuz We’re Cuzzins

Until I was eleven or twelve I lived in the same small Minnesota town as all…

Best Campground by a Dam Site

One of the best, anyway. For several years, Howell Station, below the dam at Lake Red…

Tied in Knots…or Tying the Knot?

This past weekend, I had the great joy of witnessing the marriage of another of my…

Cruisin’

America’s love affair with cars is evident by glancing at the titles of popular songs over…

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Camping Mishaps

Perhaps too dramatic a title but it has a nice ring to it. My camping trips…

It’s a Small World After All

When I camp, I usually hand a couple of free books out to nearby campers as…

Returning to the Scene

of my youth, previous camping trips, and the location of The Lady of the Lake. I…

Camping, Mermaids, and Walks

It has become tradition for my eldest granddaughter and her husband to hold a joint birthday…

High Spirits at Spirit Lake

┬áThe Midwest Glampers gathered this weekend at Marble Beach State Park on Spirit Lake. I didn’t…

Grueling Research

Writers, like all artists, sometimes have to suffer for their craft. Several years ago, I started…

Mission Accomplished

The weekend was a success! Everyone arrived safely, we got tours of Andy’s wide-ranging projects, we…

It Can Only Get Better

Last weekend’s forecast: Friday-some rain, windy; Saturday-all-day rain, windy; Sunday-partly sunny, cooler, windy; Monday- afternoon and…

A Day (or Two) in the Desert

After a quieter weekend, with a couple of walks and a trip to a winery in…

The Glampers Ride Again

It was time for our annual season planning session and we were once again at Camp…

Family Photos

All of us have seen numerous photos from the 19th century of stern faces of families…

A Simple Cabin Christmas

The stockings were hungBy the front door with careIn hopes that Kate was finally out of…

The Parable of the Christmas Lights

This is a post that I wrote three years ago and in rereading it, found it…

Going on Record

Last year about this time, the Midwest Writing Center in the Quad Cities put out a…

Success!

I decided to wait to write this final blog on my solo trip until I got…

Lone Eagle

I have always enjoyed the stories of exploits of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, although I…

A Quiet End

Not to me, or even the camping season, I hope, but to the Pleasant Creek trip.…

September 28th, 2021

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area would be a very pleasant place if the temperatures were more…

Barn Happy, Artistic Pleasures, and Middle East Delights

As planned, Saturday was a full day. We enjoyed a great brunch at Barn Happy. Besides…