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Third Time’s the Charm – Part 1

Third Time’s the Charm – Part 1

Last Time to Yellowstone (for real this time)… Day 1 – Friday – July 26, 2019 – Waupaca, WI to Fargo, ND Welp, here we go again.  We just needed to visit Yellowstone and Paradise Valley one last time before we select a new area to oversaturate with visits.  We are drawn to this area, and not just because Sarah swears her treasure (please see last year’s trip for details) is hidden near here.  Weirdly for all her research, she…

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Travel abroad, eh? Back home

Travel abroad, eh? Back home

We bid a sad farewell to Grandma/Sarah’s mom this morning.  After we came and destroyed her house and screwed up her Netflix settings and used her washer/dryer and ate all her food, we gave her hugs and told her we could stay another day if she REALLY wanted.  No, no, she said, continue on to Ashland (“please go” she pleaded).  We set off on our journey – we must get that Lake Superior Circle Tour certificate!  We drove up highway…

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Travel abroad, eh? Part 3

Travel abroad, eh? Part 3

Day 5 – July 2, 2019, Tuesday –Thunder Bay, ON to Grand Portage, MN Man, this trip feels a lot longer than it really has been.  We awoke and crawled downstairs for breakfast.  The real drama was the automatic pancake machine ran out of batter.  We packed up and headed out – today was a traveling day, with the goal of seeing a few waterfalls and making our way back to Murica.  In other words, we had some time to…

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Travel abroad, eh? Part 2

Travel abroad, eh? Part 2

Day 3 – June 30, 2019, Sunday – Canada!!  Sault Ste. Marie, ON to Thunder Bay, ON We woke nice and early – and on time.  Continental breakfast (where some man was angrily talking about “le Americans” and Korea in French to his breakfast companions…  yah America).  Off into the car, fueled up with some liters of petrol (Matt is still confused by the gas here – you have to prepay, and he has to figure out how many gallons…

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Travel Abroad, eh? – Part 1

Travel Abroad, eh? – Part 1

Day 1 – June 28, 2019, Friday – Waupaca, WI to Marquette, MI It’s official – the Durst-Kolinski family will be the epitome of class after this trip!  Yes, it’s true.  We are heading to another country!  Admittedly one that is only a few hours away, but after it took 4 trips to Walgreens to get a passable photo of Zoe, we are using those passports, dammit. We are big Lake Superior geeks (yes, there are geeks for everything), and…

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Hawaii – with kids there’s only two parts

Hawaii – with kids there’s only two parts

Wednesday, February 6 As promised, today was Beach Day.  The kids were up, totally stoked for this.  Matt packed up beach foods(remember, Cheez-Its are appropriate for EVERY sand related situation) and we investigated the assortment of beach equipment that our Costco (trademark)rental came with.  So this place may have the pool of no fun, but we were impressed with the selection of shady beach gear we found in a closet.  We packed up the car with two foldable chairs that…

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Hawaii, with kids… Part 1

Hawaii, with kids… Part 1

Saturday, February 2 – Waupaca to Kona, Hawaii In honor of our 10th wedding anniversary (which was 2 ½ years ago) and both of us turning 40, we decided to do something wild and take a trip to Hawaii!  With the whole family.  Mostly because we didn’t think anyone would watch the kids for an entire week.  Also, we found a pretty awesome Costco deal. Matt put in lots of time for this trip, reviewing airline policies, remembering bizarre facts…

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Manifest Destiny – Back Home – Part 5

Manifest Destiny – Back Home – Part 5

The drive back begins… Day 13 – July 12, 2018 – Thursday – Bozeman, MT to Dickinson, ND  We all slept in again except for poor Matt who was sent to Granny’s Donuts for the traditional Bozeman goodbye donuts.  We all feasted on them along with more of the unhealthy continental breakfast (for god’s sake, even PINEDALE had a selection of fruit at their continental breakfast; Bozeman had a couple bananas and that was the only thing that was remotely…

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Manifest Destiny – Out of the Parks and Into Bozeman – Part 4

Manifest Destiny – Out of the Parks and Into Bozeman – Part 4

Apparently we got lazy on vacation and missed a bunch of stuff we should have written on the day we went to the hot springs… if you are craving more pics of hot springs, check out Part 3 again!  Or not, it’s cool.  We have no way of knowing. Day 10 – July 9, 2018 – Monday – Gardiner, MT to Bozeman, MT  It was a restless night.  We found out what happens when Zoe drinks 32 gallons of water…

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Manifest Destiny – To The Rockies (in Yellowstone this time) – Part 3

Manifest Destiny – To The Rockies (in Yellowstone this time) – Part 3

Day 7 – July 6, 2018 – Friday – Gardiner, MT and BOTG We all stayed up a bit too late in our cozy cabin last night, and decided today would be a lazy day.  Well, relatively.  We had a hearty breakfast of cereal, and loaded up the car for treasure hunting!!  So, the scoop is that a millionaire named Forrest Fenn hid a treasure chest full of gold nuggets and jewelry in the Rocky Mountains TEN years ago (worth…

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