Wining Down in Redmond, OR

Central Oregon is such a great place in the summer.  High desert, with toasty but not too hot weather, and cool nights.  Fortunately we were far from the numerous wildfires that plagued the Northwest this […]

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Family, Food and Fun in Tahoe

More family fun in Tahoe – perfect weather, incredible food and lots of laughs.

 

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Sue’s Family in Tahoe

Saying goodbye to a 2 and 4 year old is a lengthy process:  Bye!  See you later alligator!  Not so soon, baboon!  Bye, bye french fry!  Hasta mañana, igauna!  Adios french toast!  Hasta la vista, […]

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Brothers and Sisters in Tahoe

It’s hard to get everyone to sit still for a photo, so we did it two by two, in birth order.  A wonderful, well knit family.  Their mom and dad would have been proud.

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Raney Sibling Reunion

Let’s just say the Raney siblings are LOUD!  So loud, we downloaded a decibel meter to measure.  The answer?  As loud as a jet ski, or a pneumatic road drill, take your pick.

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Bewitching pie in Seattle

Helping Mom clean our her storage room was the main reason for my trip to Seattle.  She bribed us with pie.  Since she’s descended from a witch, she might have added a little something extra to […]

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Moline, IL Cornfest

Sweet corn in the midwest is a treat more like dessert that a vegetable.  The Quad City area (northwest Illinois and southwest Iowa) is right in the corn belt, and the headquarters of John Deere.  That […]

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Beautiful Downtown Mackinac Island

Trivia!  Mackinac Island was designated as the SECOND National Park in the US, after Yellowstone.  National Park status lasted from 1875 until 1895, when the state of Michigan voted to take it back as a […]

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Pronounced MackiNAW, Mackinac Island is only 8 square miles, and a step back in time.   No cars are allowed on the island, only horses, carriages and bicycles.  The clip clop of horse hooves is definitely […]

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Traverse City Cherries and Sand

Michigan boasts the world’s longest freshwater coastline. As they say here, four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan.

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Traverse City, Cherry Capital of the World

We landed in Traverse City, smack in the middle of their National Cherry Festival. Music, art and did we mention cherries? Tasting, cook-offs, pie eating, parades and marching bands. The best of summer in Michigan.

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Madden’s on Gull Lake, MN

Minnesota officially has 11,842 lakes over 10 acres in size! Flying in was a crazy quilt of lakes, created by glaciers during the last ice age. Or they could have been created by Paul Bunyan, […]

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