Midwest Travel Chat featuring Charles City, Iowa

Discover the natural beauty, art, food, history and adventures to be found in our next featured Midwest destination. From navigating rapids to exploring the unique luxury cabins of Red Cedar Lodge, surprises abound in Charles City, Iowa. It is also our next featured destination for the Midwest Travel Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 5th, at […]

Tis the season: My favorite Christmas songs

Everyone has their favorite holiday song, be it traditional or contemporary. I’ve thought about what my favorite songs are this time of the year. You know, the ones you HAVE to hear or it’s not the holiday music season. Starting with my favorite and then listing the rest of my top 10 (not in any […]

Never Run Out of Things to Do and Save with Groupon

Disclosure: Groupon has sponsored this post. However, we were already fans of Groupon and all opinions and views are ours. Tim and I have heard it more than a few times from some of our friends and co-workers, “We’re not sure what we’re going to do this weekend.” We are pretty sure that they haven’t checked out […]

Blogversary: Has it really been five years?

It all started with a fall foliage trip to southeastern Nebraska. It seems weird that we’re celebrating our fifth anniversary as The Walking Tourists. From posting trip and weekend outing photos on Facebook to sharing our adventures on a blog, it’s been a fun and challenging ride. As a one-time journalist, I thought I had […]

October Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – Kinseth Hospitality

Patio at the Homewood Suites West Des Moines – photo provided by Kinseth Hospitality Disclaimer: Thanks to Kinseth Hospitality for sponsoring this post and the October Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Warm and inviting spaces, great food and hospitality are what Kinseth Hospitality delivers at its hotel and restaurant locations throughout the Midwest and […]

Pulaski County is home to US’ only Z Loft Hotel

Whether you’re spending a couple of nights or visiting long-term in the Waynesville/St. Robert area in Pulaski County, the Z Loft Hotel offers a comfortable, modern stay. The hotel is one of only two in the world for the franchise. We had the privilege of staying at the Z Loft during our visit to the […]

Star Trek ‘boldly’ celebrates 50th anniversary

From Captain Kirk’s future birth site to watching the last of the originals receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, We’ve enjoyed the adventures of the “Star Trek” franchise since the original series debuted 50 years ago today. Though the series ran for only three seasons during the 1960s, its legacy has boldly […]

Shutterfly as photo storage

So, summer vacations are pretty much done. You have hundreds (or thousands, if you’re like me) of photos on your memory cards documenting the family trips, picnics, kids’ camps, etc. What to do with those pictures? I’m willing to bet that most people will leave them where they’re at until a few months done the […]

Mother Nature: Treat wild animals and natural treasures respectfully

A woman is tossed around by a wild bison. A man falls to his death at Old Faithful. Men leaving the boardwalk at Yellowstone to pose for pictures next to Old Faithful. A couple taking a bison calf and putting it in their car, resulting in the calf being euthanized by park officials because it […]

Ballard Locks is Seattle’s gateway to Pacific Northwest waterways

  Boats of all sizes pass through the Ballard Locks in the Seattle area. The locks handle about 75,000 vessels moving from fresh water to sea water and back. Our youngest daughter and I visited the locks on a beautiful sunny, warm Seattle day. Watching boats move through the Ballard Locks – officially known as […]

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