Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival 2021

A brilliant Sunday morning outside the Briarwood Mall enjoying all sorts of bugs and microbus at the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival.

West Michigan Beer Tour 2021
Mini Winter Beer Run 2021

Mini Winter Beer Run 2021

Northern Michigan Fall Color Tour Itinerary
Intrigue in Ishpeming

Intrigue in Ishpeming

Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette Historic State Park

Bill Murray in Charleston

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Kinlochleven Scotland Adventure

Edinburgh was fun but we traveled from Michigan to Scotland to hike. Let the Kinlochleven Scotland Adventure begin! The basecamp for our hiking adventures in the Great Glen was the MacDonald Hotel in Kinlochleven. When Chuck called to make reservations at the...

Driving in Scotland

Driving in Scotland

The websites and tour books simply say, "Great Britain drives on the left-hand side of the road." In very small print they add "you will find single track roads that are only wide enough for one vehicle." There is mention of "passing places" but it is a little unclear...

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle was on the "list" and we were leaving in the morning for Kinlochleven so it was now or never. For some reason they built castles on the highest point they could find! Cobblestone is not easy to traverse either. We scrambled to main entrance...

Scott Monument Edinburgh Scotland

The Scott Monument was not on the list but it was a good workout. We climbed the 287 steps to the top and enjoyed the splendid view of Edinburgh which included Arthur's Seat. We didn't spend a lot of time looking at the exhibition on Sir Walter Scott's life on the...

Buying a Kilt in Edinburgh

Buying a kilt in Edinburgh was very high on Chuck's Scotland to-do list. In fact, it was the very first thing we did after lunch at the Albanach. I had no idea it could be so complicated. Step 1:  Select your kiltmaker. Chuck researched kiltmakers before leaving...

Amsterdam Layover: Chuck Pole Dances

This picture speaks volumes... Chuck was not pole dancing.  He was no mood to dance.  In fact, he was very irritated if you can't tell by the picture.  There were no chairs and only a dirty floor.  We were tired, hungry and ready for the plane ride...

The Albanach Pub Edinburgh Scotland

Chuck's first Scottish pub experience was at the Albanach Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland. We found vegan food and beer. What else does a person need?  We ordered a Guinness and a Belhaven IPA. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and the food was very good but...

Scotland Hiking Trip Itinerary

Scotland Hiking Trip Itinerary

Scotland Hiking Trip Itinerary: with Chuck Marshall. Ten days, 5 hikes, 7 pubs, 4 castles, 5 different beds, and nearly 50 miles of trail. Day 1: Depart from Detroit. Day 2:  Survived the Amsterdam layover, located “The Albanach” for a beer and lunch, purchased...

Looking for Maynard on Route 66

Looking for Maynard on Route 66

While scanning our entertainment options on Netflix, Chuck and I stumbled upon the documentary, Blood into Wine.  It is a crazy video about Maynard Keenan from the band Tool and Puscifer making wine in Arizona.  I love wine and Chuck loves Maynard. (He loves...

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