March 30, 2015

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Keeping Austin Weird

In February, I had the wonderful opportunity of going with a group of Grand Rapidians to visit Austin, Texas with the goal of learning about the city and exchanging ideas with its leaders. Perfect timing.  It was cold and miserable in Grand Rapids while biking weather in Austin.  But the experience was so much more than [...]

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March 23, 2015

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The NOT-Forgotten Coast

      by Linda Laughter, Guest Blogger Last week Linda wrote about the Forgotten Coast.  This week she ventures into more populated territory. In our escape as snowbirds, we thought we would try going south along the Gulf Coast of Florida. We ended up in Indian Rocks Beach, just a brief drive from St. [...]

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March 16, 2015

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The Forgotten Coast

  by Linda Laughter, Guest Blogger We never thought we would become snow birds, but after the last winter in Michigan we decided to go south and ride it out. Our friends told us about this authentic taste of Florida’s Gulf, Cape San Blas. It is a 17 mile peninsula on the Gulf Coast on [...]

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March 9, 2015

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Skiing at Stokely

  by Kate Dernocoeur, Guest Blogger Forty minutes north of Sault St. Marie is some world-class cross-country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing that outdoors enthusiasts don’t want to miss. In February, for the second year in a row, I joined a group of seven friends and we drove to Goulais River, Ontario for a fine long [...]

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March 4, 2015

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Tale of Two Cities

by Mike Margulus, Guest Blogger twomarguli.com   I’ve always thought you could split the world population into two parts: those who really dislike New York City and those who rave about it. (This perspective, naturally, ignores those people who have no opinion of the place, and admittedly  they represent a majority of everyone.) Now I’ve [...]

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February 11, 2015

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Why I Travel!

 For a variety of reasons I haven’t traveled much in the last six months.  Mostly my hand has been on the cancel button.    Family issues and health problems have made staying home more important.  I’ve missed it.  I’ve really missed hitting the road, meandering the random roads, visiting museums, poking my head into little [...]

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February 2, 2015

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Costa Rica: Wonderful Wildlife

    Costa Rica is known for it’s wildlife.  Any guide book will tell you it is the land of more than 850 species of birds and 250 species of mammals making it a delightful spot for those who appreciate the natural world. We saw and heard the howler monkeys outside our windows at the [...]

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January 26, 2015

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Costa Rica: Rainy and Rainier

   Gosh Darn.  I was really surprised with how much it rained in Costa Rica. Did I read the fine print of the travel itinerary? Pour over the guide books?  Ask people who had been there? Nope.  Life has been too chaotic with losses and illnesses. Lots of thing needing attention. The last six months [...]

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January 12, 2015

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Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum : A surreal art adventure in East Lansing, MI

photo credit: blogs.artinfo.com  When my friend drove me by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing I was amazed with the futuristic exterior.  The big silver glob didn’t appear to have  windows.  Actually it looked to me like a Frank Gehry building with pleats.  The pleats seem to echo the different orientations and [...]

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January 5, 2015

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Fabulous Photo Shoot: Vietnam Rice Paddies

  by Liz Margulus, guest blogger Photos by Liz and Mike Margulus  My husband, Mike, and I have been very fortunate. We’ve traveled extensively in the U.S. (primarily out west) and internationally. While we don’t indulge in travel luxuries, we have been privileged to see some beautiful scenery and experience many different cultures. We’ve gained [...]

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