Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
My #LakeErieLove Story: Still Smitten with Lake Erie Islands and Shores After All These Years-Ohio's Lake Erie Shores and Islands region star in Amanda's tale of love (and a little tender loving care at one of Cedar Point's First Aide stations) at her Clue into Cleveland blog.
A Walk Through Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve in Sandusky Bay-Karyn nicely captures the experience of this beautiful summer evening walk we shared with a group of Midwest bloggers during a trip to the Lake Erie Shores and Islands region in northern Ohio.
Bucyrus Murals: More than just a Pretty Picture-Tonya shares the story of beautiful murals in Bucyrus, Ohio at The Traveling Praters blog. I loved learning about the local history and people the murals depict.
Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County-Michael takes OHventures blog readers to covered bridge country in northeastern Ohio's Ashtabula County, spotlighting a couple of his favorite bridges there (which also happen to be among my favorite Ashtabula County covered spans).
Grafton's Piece of the Blues Trail: Paramount Records-I'm a fan of classic blues music from the 1920s and 1930s, and Kenneth's article at his Wisconsin Explorer blog about Grafton's role in the history of that era's blues music gives me reason to put this town near the top of my Wisconsin bucket list!
Fun in Kenosha, WI-Join Deb for a tour of Kenosha at her Just Short of Crazy blog. Kingfish baseball, a tour of the Jelly Belly factory and climbing to top the tower at the Southport Lighthouse sounds like a winning combo to me!
Geocaching in Galena, Illinois-I enjoyed reading about Julie's cache finds during her road trip to Galena (another town that's long been on my radar to consider visiting). Read about it at her Wisconsin Parent blog.
Catching up with History at Jane Addams' Hull-House- I shared Sheila's interest in reading about the work of Jane Addams as a young girl, so I loved reading about Sheila's visit to the historic Hull-House during her recent visit to Chicago. Read about it at the Perceptive Travel Blog.
Hendricks County, IN: Historical Museum-Tim and I visited this museum and the spooky-looking historic jail a couple of years ago. Adam and his family seemed to enjoy their visit to the museum and jail earlier this year, judging from the story and pictures at this Visit Flyover Country Blog.
Why I Love Gary, Indiana-I've not seen much of Gary beyond what I could see from the window of a slow moving train on the way into Chicago. I also knew Gary as the birthplace of Michael Jackson, but according to Doug, I'm obviously missing out on a lot. Check out Doug's story at the Indiana Sexy Blog about Gary's natural beauty, along with some beautiful images to help make his point.
Indiana Dunes-Nathan also sees a lot to like in "The Region" covering greater Chicago and northern Indiana towns like Hammond, Michigan City and, yes, Gary. Check out his story about this Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore area at the Indiana Naturally blog.
A masterpiece of Modern: J. Irwin Miller House-Several folks suggested that I might like visiting Columbus, Indiana because of its reputation as a center of modern architecture. I'd love visiting cool buildings there like the Miller home designed by mid-20th-century architect Eero Saarinen (who lived and worked for many years in Michigan). Read Mike's story about the house at the Indiana Landmarks Hidden Gems blog.
The 7 Stages of Hiking Sleeping Bear-As someone who huffed up the Dune Climb at Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes, I can tell you it's a wee bit more difficult that it appears to many people. Sally soon found herself disabused by the notion of a quick jaunt up the dunes, hilariously working her way to the top of the dune and back down at her unbrave girl blog.
Ephemeral city: Postcard, 1938-Ten-year-old Bob documents his trip to Kansas City, Kansas in a postcard sent back to his family in Salina, Kansas in 1938. John shares this fun find with readers at this Paris of the Plains blog.
That's it for this month's Midwest travel links list. Do you have any favorite Midwest stories or blogs to share?
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