Author: mikeandbrynne

The 4th in Niagara

The 4th in Niagara

We started the fourth on the American side of Niagara Falls with thousands of fellow US citizens celebrating our country’s independence. And then, although …

 

Antietam

Antietam

Antietam was quite a contrast to Appomattox. The feeling was completely different. Regardless of the amazing visitor center, the organized auto tour of the battlefield, …

 

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

We have driven thousands of miles in two short weeks and have been moving at quite a clip. It was time to slow down and …

 

Peace

Peace

The civil war is a dark spot in our nations history. Bloodshed, carnage, brutality, starvation, lives destroyed, homes burned, lifestyles destroyed, brother pitted against brother …

 

Congaree

Congaree

20/61- Before I came to Congaree I thought it was a swamp. In coming to the park I was corrected- Congaree is a Floodplain forest- …

 

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Initially we had scoffed when we heard that the Great Smokies were the most visited National Park. After spending two days there we changed our …

 

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

18/61- At 412 discovered miles and counting, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world. We arrived in the early evening when the cave …

 

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

17/61- Shiny, steel and shimmering at 650 ft the Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made structure in the US.  It is a feat of monumental proportions and …

 

Missouri

Missouri

Missouri Church History-Six summers ago I embarked on a church history tour with the kids. Somehow, we convinced the Richardson’s to join us for the …

 

Great Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes

16/61- It was such a gorgeous drive through South Fork Colorado to reach Great Sand Dunes National Park. As we approached, it was almost as …

 

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

15/61-Mesa Verde National Park-When we looked up the temperature for Mesa Verde National Park we found that the cold front was not abating and that …

 

The Moab Daily and Arches

The Moab Daily and Arches

Drew Loving LifeThinking of Anna on her birthdayAbove Double ArchDouble ArchWindows ArchesDelicate Arch 14/61- Arches and the Moab Daily-River rafting is a great way to really …

 

Adventure Awaits

Adventure Awaits

Our quick summer in Arizona was filled with ballet camps, volleyball camps, music theater camps, basketball camps, play dates, swim team, swimming, coaches, friends, AFY, …

 

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. . . . and see if I could not learn what it had to …

 

A slice of heaven

A slice of heaven

Once we finally arrived at the branch In Tallin (their actually building was under renovation so it was such a blessing that we managed to …

 

The Singing Revolution

The Singing Revolution

Pizza, carbonara, pesto pasta, minestrone soup, fruit platters and ice cream bowls filled with strawberry ice cream and decadent toppings were our Thanksgiving Fare. Definitely …

 

A taste of Russia

A taste of Russia

I’ve always wanted to visit Russia and Mike decided that the easiest way to navigate the convoluted visa process was to take a cruise to …

 

Our Newest 17 Year Old

Our Newest 17 Year Old

Jake’s birthday dawned cold and clear! We enjoyed a city walk all through the downtown area with our favorites being the white Lutheran Church, the markets …

 

Welcome to Finland

Welcome to Finland

Luke’s book club right before we left on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”- We would celebrate Jake’s 17th birthday in Russia- THIS is why Mike did not …

 

Baja 1000

Baja 1000

A Bucket List item for Mike has been the BAJA 1000.  Through a string of events an opportunity presented itself and Mike fulfilled a lifetime …