Atchison, KS

  Atchison, Kansas, is a town that may have seen better days, but isn’t about to admit it. It’s also a town that either smells like fermenting grain (from alcohol processing) or burning electrical wires (from metal casting). I prefer the grain smell. An hour’s drive northwest of Kansas City, Atchison is perched on the bluffs overlooking […]

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Angel in a blue Mazda

  I am in Lafayette, Indiana, and I am lost. Not wandering, and not just a little lost. Very, very lost. So lost that, faced with a choice between continuing forward into the city or running the gauntlet of a shopping mall to the left, I turn right into the quiet streets of a neighborhood […]

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Marquette, MI

  Perched on the rocky shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette is a town endowed with the stout optimism of its Scandinavian fathers, with the vitality of its youth (Northern Michigan University is located there), and with a respect for its history. I love strolling through downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Marquette takes care […]

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Weird little man from Wisconsin

“I called the cops on you.” The little man was encased in plastic raingear and was delighted to have caught me cheating the system…so he thought.

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Pure Michigan

It’s not the easiest state to get to, but Michigan generously rewards those who go out of their way to visit its abundant natural beauty. A short list of some places not to miss.

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