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Michigan to open over 6k miles of Forestry Roads!

Michigan to open over 6k miles of Forestry Roads!

Chris Cordes with Expedition Portal posted up some pretty epic news yesterday. For outdoor lovers east of the Mississippi river, and definitely those of us north of the Ohio river, places of recreation are spread pretty thin. Even more so when your prefered method of exploration and activity involves a vehicle. As Ohioans ourselves, we often put in several hours of pavement pounding before we can find any sort or remote recreation. Even then, either vehicles aren’t allowed or camping…

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How far to the Northwest have you been?

How far to the Northwest have you been?

Our last post Drive to Paradise – Mt.Rainier was from a recent trip we made out to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Mt. Rainier was not the only exploring we did while out there, the previous day we decided to head toward, into, and through the Olympic National Forest. Unfortunately, but also very PNW typical, it rained the entire day… not just a little bit either, it rained fairly hard and the ENTIRE day. This was far from a deal breaker for us,…

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Drive to Paradise – Mt. RAINIER

Drive to Paradise – Mt. RAINIER

Earlier this week we headed to the Pacific Northwest to visit our son and daughter-in-law for a few days. The weather was pretty typical for the PNW this time of year and made for some soggy outdoor exploring but we didn’t let that deter us. One of our jaunts was to Mt. Rainier. Most of the roads surrounding the area are closed this time of year with exception to 706 (at least to Paradise Inn). So, we all jumped in…

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China and Platinum; an adventure to celebrate 20 years!

China and Platinum; an adventure to celebrate 20 years!

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been twenty years since Alana and I vowed to love and cherish one another for eternity, but it has. In an effort to not sound overly sappy (I can be), I’ll just say I feel very blessed to have found a partner so early in life that has not only been willing to put up with my crap but appears to be willing to continue doing so! 😛 For several years Alana and I…

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CRAZY COWS – Our 2017 Overland Adventure

CRAZY COWS – Our 2017 Overland Adventure

What started as us helping our son Tommy and his new wife navigate across the country to their new home in Oregon over a year ago, ultimately unfolded into what would become our own next big adventure. The plan was pretty simple… Blast across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and half of South Dakota before slowing our pace to explore and visit several National Parks, Monuments, and Forests. We would be visiting The Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore,…

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Backroads and Abandoned Awesomeness

Backroads and Abandoned Awesomeness

We’ve got lots to do before our big overlanding trip, but with this weekend’s amazing weather we just couldn’t focus on it and had to get out of the house for some exploring. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do so we geared ourselves up for a potential hike, but also packed Klondike for some dirt work should we find ourselves way off the beaten path. After typing some GPS coordinates into the navigation to get us close,…

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Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park – Ohio

Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park – Ohio

Not every adventure needs to be a long one that involves a lot of travel. Sometimes it’s right in your backyard…. This is certainly the case with the Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park. We travel a fair amount and are always up for a weekend journey. Even our “local” adventures often lead us a few hours from home but sometimes time and money don’t allow for this. When we found ourselves in this very situation, yet completely unwilling…

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Overlanding The Allegheny National Forest

Overlanding The Allegheny National Forest

In spite of our best efforts, our winter projects rolled right up to the beginning of spring.  Normally this is okay, but the tail end of our winter was more spring-like than some of the first weekends of the actual spring. Due to the ugly weather (and some other things), we have had a heck of a time getting out to enjoy the fruit of those winter project efforts. Something that needed rectifying and pronto! So, we set our sights…

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…by simply selecting “avoid highways” on my navigation

…by simply selecting “avoid highways” on my navigation

I just wanted to make a quick share on some pretty cool spots I found today in between my morning and afternoon appointments. How? Well, I simply selected “avoid highways” on my navigation! That’s it… well, almost it… I did divert onto a dirt road, but I could see it was actually a cut through to where I was headed. After I turned onto it, it became the suggested path. All it cost me was 15 minutes extra drive time! #Winning!…

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Hiking Cantwell Cliffs (Hocking Hills, Ohio)

Hiking Cantwell Cliffs (Hocking Hills, Ohio)

This past weekend had a split personality. Saturday was cold and started with snow while Sunday was in the 60s and warm. This worked out for us fairly well since we had our CPR re-certification to do on Saturday and were stuck inside for much of the day. Sunday would so nice that we wanted to make the most of the weather by getting outside. Our destination would be the Cantwell Cliffs for a hike. While part of the Hocking…

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