Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
How to Survive a Winter Beach-I've never really looked at a winter visit to a beach as matter of survival, but more often as a serene opportunity to enjoy the landscape without dealing with hordes of people and noise you so often find at the beach in the summertime. Check out Brianna's story about enjoying visiting Michigan beaches during the winter at the Wandering Educators blog.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington, Michigan
Spend a Sunday Afternoon at Oberlin's Frank Lloyd Wright House-A history professor wondered if she would enjoy living in a "beautiful work of art" as she contemplated purchasing a house designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1968. Ellen Johnson eventually decided to purchase the house in Oberlin, Ohio and found living in it a very serene experience. Read Betsy's story about it at beesfirstappearance blog and see many images of the home that now serves as a guest house and special event space for Oberlin College.
What's in a Name: Petoskey Stone Edition-Farland shares some words written by Rose Petoskey about Michigan's state stone, the significance of its name in the Odawa language of Native peoples and the history of the fossilized coral. Check out the story at the Michigan in Pictures blog.
Biking to the Mississippi Headwaters at Itasca State Park-Jenna and Micah take readers to the oldest State Park in Minnesota to explore where the Mississippi River originates and begins it long journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Check out their story about riding the bike trails in the park at their Wander the Map blog.
Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior's North Shore, Minnesota-I was happy to see this blog from Amy Rea about one of my favorite Great Lakes lights, Minnesota's scenic Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior. The iconic light sits on a cliff high above the lake's shore, making the climb down to see it a bit on the challenging side, but the views are definitely worth it! Check out the story at the Wandering Educators blog. Also be sure the check out Amazon for books by Amy like Camping Minnesota: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds, Explorer's Guide to Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes and more!
Stairway to Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota
Webster City: Exploring Rural Life-Day1-Connie explores the rural area around Webster City in Iowa and learns about how much anyone considering a career in modern agriculture should study and learn in order to make a success of it. Check out the cool images of farm equipment at a local John Deere dealership and more at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
Wandering with our T&B Trailer to Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan-We've traveled to Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes area numerous times over the years, but I especially liked seeing this area from the point of view of folks traveling in a small, tear-shaped camper trailer. We've visited the campground as we've done the trip down the lower Platte River via canoe and used area at the park to end our trip at the beach along Lake Michigan...plus Fishtown at Leland is a favorite stop for us when visiting the area. Check out Joe's post at his My Quality Time blog.
A Taste of Marquette-Join Jeff for a quick trip to see some highlights in northern Michigan's Marquette. Home to the Upper Peninsula's largest university (Northern Michigan University), it is the U.P.'s largest city at 21,000 residents, so there is plenty to see (like a lighthouse), do and eat in the city. Check it out at the Lifelong Michigander blog.
Lighthouse at Marquette, Michigan
5 Architectural Gems that will Catch your Eye in Fort Wayne, Indiana-The historic Embassy Theater caught Tonya's eye when she visited this northern Indiana city, just as it caught mine during a drive through town several years ago. I enjoyed seeing images of the theater and other Fort Wayne landmarks that we enjoyed visiting ourselves. Check it out at the Traveling Praters blog.
Grande Page Organ at the Embassy Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Weekend Fun in Fort Wayne, Indiana-Connie also shared a few of the highlights of her own trip to Fort Wayne and visited many of the places we enjoyed in the city like the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the Genealogy Center at the library and seeing baseball's must-see Tin Caps! Check it out at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
Johnny Appleseed at Tin Caps game, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Meanwhile, I always like to hear about any other favorite Midwest stories or blogs you think I might like to check out!
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