Random Goodies: I Heart Akureyri

One of the charming things about Iceland’s “capital of the North,” Akureyri, is their stop lights.  Apparently during Iceland’s financial crisis of 2008 the town decided they needed some good cheer and had heart shaped stop lights installed.  They must have been a hit because they are still there and certainly make waiting at a stop light a little more enjoyable.  Interestingly enough, this same idea with the traffic lights was deemed illegal in the capital city, Reykjavik. Continue reading


Random Goodies: Ellison Bluff State Natural Area

Just a little bit south of Ellison Bay in Door County is this beautiful bluff overlook, located within Ellison Bluff State Natural Area.  Door County features many areas of the exposed limestone bedrock that is the Niagara Escarpment, spanning from Wisconsin to New York.  The overlook is at the top of a 200 foot bluff, offering fantastic views of the bay side of Lake Michigan.   Continue reading


Random Goodies: Al Johnson’s

If there is one thing  Al Johnson’s does right it’s  hot chocolate, as you can see.  Not to mention their Swedish Pancakes, Swedish meatballs, and the goats on the grass roof.

My Grandma was originally from Fish Creek and Al once told my Dad “the Krause girls  (Grandma & her sisters) were always the best dancers growing up.”   Makes a girl proud, and possibly want to go work on my dance moves.

Next time you’re in Door County Al’s is definitely worth a stop, and a wander across the street to soak in some sun and gaze at the lake.
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Rock Island State Park – Nearby Remote Getaway

The Door County peninsula can get pretty crowded, especially during peak weekends.  Often times people are venturing up here to escape the hustle and bustle of their home city but traffic can be just as bad on Highway 42 in any of the small towns during the summer.  If you want to experience an even quieter and slower pace hop on the ferry to Washington Island.  If that’s not good enough then park your car (that is if you ferried your car over) and hop on the ferry to Rock Island where no vehicles are allowed. Continue reading


Random Goodies: San Diego Navy Pier – An Original Picture

I am sure we are the first to have done this picture at the San Diego Navy Pier.  I mean, who else would think to do an impression of the statue (that is based on the well known photograph of a sailor kissing a random nurse after returning home from war in 1945) right under the statue?

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Random Goodies: Cabin at Paradise Springs

Near Eagle, WI is Paradise Springs, a very small nature trail as part of the Southern Kettle Moraine Unit.  Don’t go expecting to fill up a whole day here as the trail is only half of a mile long.  But it is a beautiful and unique half mile of trail.  It is best paired with another Kettle Moraine trail, such as a long time family favorite Scuppernong Nature Trail.

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J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge by Bike & Kayak

SanibelBikesOn our recent trip to Sanibel Island we did a fair amount of our exploring on rented bicycles.  This is a great way to experience the island and not have to worry about traffic on the main drag.  During most of the day it is truly a pain to make a left turn on the main road, Periwinkle Way.

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Monroe & New Glarus (Breweries Included!)

Deciding to do the New Glarus brewery tour taught us a number of things.  A few of which before we even got to New Glarus, WI or the brewery at all.  After deciding to do the tour we decided to make it an overnight trip with a stop in Monroe, WI to grab a bite to eat at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern.

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