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Wandering and Wondering

There are certain random activities that seem to stimulate creative thinking. Several people have told me that they come up with their best ideas in the shower, or when driving. Walking, particularly in the woods, is one of those activities for me. There is nothing more inspiring -- and nothing that inspires more contemplation -- than being in nature. I've … Continue reading Wandering and Wondering

Beauty, Basalt and Bugs at Interstate State Park

Last week, my husband and I spent four days of camping and hiking in Wisconsin's Interstate State Park. The 1,330-acre park is located in Polk County in northwestern Wisconsin -- just across the St. Croix River from Minnesota. It is the oldest state park in Wisconsin, and though I'm no expert in my state's park … Continue reading Beauty, Basalt and Bugs at Interstate State Park

Weathering the Storm on the Trail, Part Two

As I recounted in my last post, I recently got caught on the trail in severe weather. Though there was lightning/thunder, the damaging winds threatened my safety the most. The experience left me wondering what I could have done better in this circumstance, and how I can avoid situations like this in the future. Hindsight … Continue reading Weathering the Storm on the Trail, Part Two