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In the early 1990s, we went on an Owl Prowl at Green Point Nature Center led by Ray Clay, a volunteer for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. I was amazed at Mr. Clay’s owl-calling abilities, sense of humor, and activism. Mr. Clay passed away in March of 1994. In April of 1994, the Refuge planted an ornamental plum tree on its premises in his honor. Even though Owl Prowls continue to be held, I feel very privileged that Mr. Clay was our guide.
Here is my entry for the “Where We Walk” challenge. This map shows a family hike we love along the Mist Trail in beautiful Yosemite National Park. It features some picturesque landmarks that can be enjoyed along the way and my two favorite hiking buddies make an appearance as well. I love that daddy and daughter enjoy the outdoors together!
The Labor Day Bridge Walk is the most anticipated walk of the year, as you can only walk the Mackinac Bridge on that one day of the year (2020 excluded, of course). It’s not just a walk; it’s an event! Buses transport you across the bridge, then you walk back. After crossing, you get a numbered certificate, then go explore the town. Many businesses post a number in their window, and if it happens to match the number on your certificate, you win a prize! Scott and I walked it in 1994, but I took some liberties with the local destinations (some, like the Indian Museum and the Woolen Mill, were no longer operating by that date). I loved everything about Mackinaw City, particularly as a child when my sister and I were allowed to roam the streets unsupervised. I loved shopping for (and wore out many) moccasins, belts, and those fabulous “mystery bags”! Once, I even secretly purchased the jackknife I had been coveting...then sliced my finger, all of which went unnoticed. The whole town was a playground!
This summer I worked at Yellowstone National Park and the geyser basin was my literal backyard. With predicted and spontaneous eruptions, there was always something new to see while walking among the thermal features.
OK, so my dogs are getting older and cannot walk distances like they used to do. Fortunately, we don’t have to travel far to have a varied and interesting walk, because 1) we have a cross-country skiing/hiking trail located right behind our house, and 2) their Grammy lives just a couple houses away from us. No exaggeration, everything depicted - and more - lives here (the bear even visited Mom’s deck)!
Monterey is a small coastal town with a perfectly preserved rich history, and a bustling tourist center abundant with diversity. There are gorgeous views, friendly people and tons of delicious food to try! Walking in Monterey is very enjoyable, as you can feel salty and misty breeze on your face and enjoy a comfortable weather almost at any time of the year.
These are some of my favorite sculptures in downtown NYC. This walk takes you through so many unique neighborhoods…from the townhouses of Greenwich Village to the cast iron lofts of SOHO to the skyscrapers near Wall Street. There is so much to see! I love this town.
Though the midwest has a reputation of being a corn-filled wasteland, the midwest is full of strange and creepy attractions. Pile into a car with some friends and visit some of these bone-chilling or just weird locations. You're bound to have a great time, and maybe see something you can't explain.
Death Valley was used as a background setting for the Tatooine desert of Star Wars. Many of the shooting locations remain unchanged, and an intrepid adventurer can match parts of the park to their favorite scenes!
The Grand Canyon is one of those places you just have to see in your lifetime. The beauty and scale is hard to comprehend, whether you're on the busy and hot South Rim, or on the quiet and woodsy North Rim.
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This map is reflecting how COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Instead of it being a huge travel season, many families have opted to stay put or try to do Thanksgiving outside or do Thanksgiving by Zoom. This map is just one family, mine, but so many are split and celebrating away from each other this year. One hopes that this a temporary situation.