15 photo-worthy stops in Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell, Iowa, is an active and artsy college town. It's also one of the most picturesque places we discovered on our weeklong road trip through...

Pinter’s Gardens & Pumpkins near Decorah, Iowa

I remember as a kid the excitement I felt at the start of fall. I loved jumping in huge piles of freshly raked leaves and taking in every moment of...

10 things we love about Kinkaider Brewing Company in Broken Bow, Nebraska

Central Nebraska’s Kinkaider Brewing Company is quickly becoming one of the most popular destination craft breweries in the Midwest. Located at the...

Our weekend getaway to Chicago

Sometimes you just gotta go. I know, I know. You'd like to travel more but feel like you never have the time. But trust me, you can pack a lot into...

Why we love Valentine, Nebraska

It seems like a fitting time of year to write about a place we love to visit -- Valentine, Nebraska. Meghan and I drove to Valentine for the first...

More from the Midwest

A perfect fall day with family

Today was one of those cool, cloudy days when it starts to really feel like fall in Nebraska. The trees are starting to change colors and the corn fields are almost ready for harvest this time of year. Now that Steve has a more flexible schedule, we thought it might...

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70+ things to do in Crete, Nebraska

As you have probably noticed, Steve and I are very excited for next week’s total solar eclipse! We are really fortunate that Crete, Nebraska, (where we live) is in the path of totality and because of that, we’re expecting lots of visitors to begin arriving here in the...

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On the road again

When I decided to leave my full-time job as a middle school principal this spring, one of the things Ann and I wanted to do in this interim stage was spend more time with our families. For years, our jobs have dictated when we could travel and how much time we could...

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Crete’s Great Pumpkin Festival

Our hometown of Crete, Neb., hosted its 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Festival this weekend and we had so much fun hosting the photo booth and meeting so many new people. This year's festival was even bigger and better than last year's inaugural event [read more about that...

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A postcard from North Platte, NE

If you've been thinking about visiting North Platte, Nebraska, this is the weekend. Seriously, just get in the car and go! Yes, it's that time of year to put on your cowboy boots, find your hat, and mosey on down to the Wild West Arena where you can wrangle up all...

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Music for the soul

After my appointments today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Steve and I spent two hours sitting in the lobby of Mayo’s Gonda Building where we listened to Jane Belau play the grand piano for passersby. We’d seen her play before and enjoyed the music, but today was...

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Nebraska’s Nicest Nine Recap

Earlier this summer, Steve and I took off on a 6-day journey to find out for ourselves if our home state lives up to its new slogan, "Nebraska Nice." We wrote about some of the nicest things we saw -- calling them  our 2014 "Nebraska's Nicest Nine."  The list was...

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Nebraska’s Nicest Nine 2014

I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled with Nebraska's new tourism slogan, "Nebraska Nice" when it was introduced a few weeks ago.  I felt it lacked a certain something and didn't capture all it could.  "Nice?"  Really?  I felt the tourism board could have said "Nebraska...

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Getting over the hump

We visited the Golden Spike Tower and Bailey Rail Yard in North Platte, NE, this morning. The Tower features some interesting videos about the rail yard, including a great documentary on the North Platte Canteen. We took the elevator to the 7th floor observation deck...

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The Good Life

After spending a lot of time at home the past few months, dealing with the diagnosis of a chronic illness, we decided it would do us both good to get away for a few days … so we're on the road again. Because I am still not feeling especially well, we decided to stay...

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On our way back home from Mayo Clinic, Ann and I stopped in Austin, MN at the SPAM museum. There we learned that SPAM stands for "spiced ham" and there have been billions of cans sold. Believe it or not, the SPAM museum is actually worth a stop. The museum is fun for...

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  • New post on the blog today about 15 photo-worthy stops in #grinnelliowa. This active, artsy town has so many cool places to see and things to do. Link in bio.
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  • Happy fall, y’all! #fall #pumpkins #pumpkinpatch
  • We are so excited to be partnering with @thechefandthedish using @parmigianoreggiano cheese. Can’t wait to meet @chef_paola_italy tomorrow and see what she has us cook up! Hope you’ll follow along. #lookforthedots #italiancooking #cheese #thechefandthedish #ad
  • Plane spotting in St. Maarten was a bucket list item for Steve. Checked it off in December 2016. .
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  • Can't wait for the colors to start changing in our backyard in Nebraska. #nebraska #fallfoilage #autumn #autumnleaves #seasons #autumnal #postcardjar #midlifetravel #travelblog #travel
  • Always stop and smell the roses. From our trip last fall to the Portland International Rose Test Garden. .

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  • Our first cooking class in Italy. Buonissimo! .
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  • Fresh flowers. Tempurpedic beds. Made-to-order coffee delivered to your room. See why we didn't want to leave The Pioneer Woman's Boarding House?

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Making the most of midlife.