Visit to Casey, Illinois-The Little Town of Big Things

Visit to Casey, Illinois-The Little Town of Big Things

At first glance the tiny town of Casey appears just like any other location in small town America. Like many small towns, this spot just off I-70 in eastern Illinois has seen a loss in population and manufacturing as people and jobs moved on to bigger cities. However, the town of Casey has reinvented itself in a big way. It all started when one of the residents decided to try and fight the decline by attracting more attention and business…

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Trail of the Week – Pomona Natural Bridge & Quetil Trail: Alto Pass, Illinois

Trail of the Week – Pomona Natural Bridge & Quetil Trail: Alto Pass, Illinois

What do you do when your are feeling like winter is dragging on and you get a sunny 50 degree day in February? If you are a Midwest Nomad, you go hike! We decided to head out Saturday morning to combine two short and easy trails near Alto Pass, Illinois into one morning adventure. These trails are both located in the scenic and diverse Shawnee National Forest boundaries. Both of these trails were new hikes for us which just adds…

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Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

If you are looking for a short and family friendly trail that still packs a scenic punch then Pickle Springs Natural Area in southeastern Missouri is a must see. Located about an hour south of St. Louis, The Trail Through Time path is a quick 2 mile loop hike through a variety of rugged and interesting geographical features. Quick being a retaliative term when hiking with kids and so much to discover! When we last hiked the trail over the…

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Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Since the kids were off school on Valentine’s Day, Ben decided to take the day off work so we could have a local adventure day as a family. We had been wanting to check out the new St. Louis Aquarium which opened Christmas Day. We decided to combine the aquarium visit with a spin around the St. Louis Observation Wheel since both attractions are located at the stunning and historic Union Station. A combo ticket is available for a discount…

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The Mighty Merc – 11th ORT at Moonlight Racing 2/8/20

The Mighty Merc – 11th ORT at Moonlight Racing 2/8/20

Another quick opportunity to get the wheels dirty! I’m in! The boy and I ran out to Sullivan on one cold Saturday morning to get some more “woods time” in this year.

10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

It’s been awhile since we got the wheels off the pavement. After we got back from our 2019 trip to Colorado and Utah life just kept us hopping a bit more than usual. So when the opportunity presented itself to go play in the woods for a bit, we loaded up the family and headed out.

Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

If you are in the Midwest, a fantastic beach vacation can be found within a days drive to one of Michigan’s beach towns. We return year after year for a short beach trip to one of these charming destinations along Lake Michigan. I recently posted here about all about the wonderful family activities in St. Joseph, Michigan. Just 30 minutes north of St. Joseph and a 6 hour drive from our home base near St. Louis is the lakeside escape…

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