Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Long story short: I’M A JUNIOR RANGER AT LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL!!!!!  I’m not excited or anything… 😀 Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is very history based, so I thought the best way to learn about the memorial was to do the Junior Ranger Activity book. In order to become a Junior Ranger you have to…

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Lincoln State Park

On July 4th, I checked another Indiana state park off my bucket list, Lincoln State Park! What better state park to check off on a day that celebrates our country’s independence than one named after one of our presidents? Fun Fact: President Abraham Lincoln lived in southern Indiana from the age of 7 to 21.…

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Have you ever driven past a sign like a million times before finally your curiosity gets the better of you and you finally stop to see what all the fuss is about? That’s what happened to me Sunday. Though by “fuss” I mean, a tiny little sign attached to a pole below another sign. I…

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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

So I definitely realized just now as I was verifying the spelling that I have been calling Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge the wrong name….I’ve been calling it Muskatuck…whoops….anyways….I have learned that I really dislike humidity. Not only does it turn my hair into a frizzy, bushy, hot mess of a beast, it also makes me…

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Harmonie State Park

On my way to Shawnee National Forest for Memorial Day Weekend, I passed the tourist sign for Harmonie State Park. With it being a last minute trip, I had not realized that I would be passing so close to the state park. I decided I’d take advantage of being so close and stop on my…

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Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith

Dear Bob and Sue is definitely one of my favorite books this year! Matt and Karen quit their jobs and spent 2010-2012 visiting all 59 National Park’s in the United States.

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Giant City State Park

The number of beautiful hiking spots in Southern Illinois still baffles me. Not only is there Shawnee National Forest, but there is also Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the list goes on. Sufficient to say, I have a lot more exploring to…

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Shawnee National Forest

I spent Memorial Day Weekend (2018) hiking at Shawnee National Forest with members of Women Who Hike – Illinois. It was great making new friends and knocking hikes off my Bucket List! Shawnee National Forest encompasses 280,000 acres of land in the southern tip of Illinois. It protects a wide variety of geological features you…

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”

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Whitewater Memorial State Park

This past Saturday I needed to go to Cincinnati, Ohio but wanted to get some hiking in on the way. I settled on Whitewater Memorial State Park as it is located near the Ohio border only 30 minutes out of my way. One of my goals for 2018 is to visit every state park in…

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