It’s the time of year when it seems appropriate to look back at the past 12 months and take stock of the things we did or achieved. Below is a chronological list […]
For all the years I've been a tent camper, I never really understood people who took to the outdoors in an RV or trailer of some sort. I even looked down on them to a certain extent as inauthentic campers: "hillbillies" seemed to capture it well. Yet here I am at age 51, the proud owner of a brand new fifth wheel trailer. My blog is the story of my adventures as a newly minted hillbilly -- a "newbilly" -- and everything related to that journey.
Sue, Aaron and I were in Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota the last weekend in September to celebrate Sue’s birthday. The trees were about 50 percent turned, and we couldn’t have […]
A guest post from Mike, my oldest brother: Oldest Merritt family — that being Mike and Cherie — met all family members at Lake Shetek State Park the last week of July. The […]
We have good memories of our last trip to Itasca State Park, when our son Aaron was in elementary school, and were looking forward to re-acquainting ourselves with the park. We arrived […]
We headed to Scenic State Park on Sun., July 1, for a 3-day stay. It’s about 225 miles from our house and takes around 4 1/2 hours to get there, so it’s […]
I had a vivid reminder of one of this blog’s central themes while riding my bike around the other loops in Pine Ridge campground at Itasca State Park last week. I was […]