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Duck, Demystified

A couple of weeks ago I boarded an insanely early flight and headed to Indiana for a few days, courtesy of Maple Leaf Farms.  Many of you know that I was born and raised in Indiana and I still have a lot of family in the area, so while Maple Leaf Farms is really a […]

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Highlights from the End of the Earth

I’ve been away.  For the last week I have been hanging out with dear friends at the End of the Earth, a.k.a. the Keweenaw Peninsula. I attended graduate school at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, MI, and it remains one of my favorite places.  It is filled with water, wildlife, forests, and people I love.  […]

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Puerto Rico, Part Two: Rum, plus a little more food…

When I was booking the components of our trip I decided on the Hotel Milano as our lodging–it is right in the heart of the restaurant district in Old San Juan, plus an easy walk to the piers and to many of the museums.  The location was ideal, the hotel was quirky but charming, and […]

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Puerto Rico, Part One: Street Food and El Yunque

Twelve years ago we went on a pre-wedding “honeymoon” to Isle Royale National Park.  The island is accessible only by boat or plane, so we ventured out on the first Ranger III of the season (so it was the two of us and some fish and wildlife guys, wandering around on a huge boat). We spent […]

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Chicken Mole

Milwaukee Eats

We are visiting Milwaukee for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I wanted to share a few food highlights of the trip.  We made a return visit to Conejito’s for plates of their messy-delicious chicken mole.  The restaurant is casual/divey with a limited menu of flavorful Mexican dishes.  The mole is worth the trip. Chicken Mole We […]

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Altitude Wellness

When I first moved to Colorado around a decade ago, we made a day trip from the 5,400 foot altitude of Boulder to the almost-12,000-foot altitude of the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I had only been in Colorado for a few weeks and not yet adjusted to Boulder’s altitude, and as […]

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