12 Must-See Festivals in the US

We LOVE a festival! Tag the word “fest” on the end of it and we’re there! Here are 12 of the wildest, wackiest, over-the-top or just plain fabulous celebrations that we’ve seen! We don’t know how many will be back after the pandemic, we certainly hope all of them, but any are worth a visit…CONTINUE READING >> 

We LOVE a festival! Tag the word “fest” on the end of it and we’re there! Here are 12 of the wildest, wackiest, over-the-top or just plain fabulous celebrations that we’ve seen! We don’t know how many will be back after the pandemic, we certainly hope all of them, but any are worth a visit…CONTINUE READING >> 

Road Trip! Toolin’ Down Illinois’ Great River Road

Driving is a great way to travel and still maintain safe social distancing. With that in mind, here is another fantastic drive from a few years ago…
The Mighty Mississippi in all of its glory – the history, the lore, the beauty and the quirkiness.

Join us as we head down the Great River Road with stops in beautiful, historic Galena, Wine Country (yup, there’s wine in Illinois!), Moline, where David traces his roots (he’s John Deere’s g-g-g grandson!),  amazing Nauvoo, and Quincy, where we meet the self-proclaimed “Nutroll Nazi.” And that’s just the… CONTINUE READING >>

Driving is a great way to travel and still maintain safe social distancing. With that in mind, here is another fantastic drive from a few years ago…
The Mighty Mississippi in all of its glory – the history, the lore, the beauty and the quirkiness.

Join us as we head down the Great River Road with stops in beautiful, historic Galena, Wine Country (yup, there’s wine in Illinois!), Moline, where David traces his roots (he’s John Deere’s g-g-g grandson!),  amazing Nauvoo, and Quincy, where we meet the self-proclaimed “Nutroll Nazi.” And that’s just the… CONTINUE READING >>

Our Favorite Great American Road Trips

All of these extraordinary expeditions offer the opportunity to see the USA while still maintaining safe social distancing. Looks like that will be the way to travel in 2020.
We all recall those glorious days of yesteryear with the station wagon packed to the gills, miles of billboard bingo, and endless Are we there yet?s.
Whether we were the kids, or when we had the kids, those memories are an indelible part of our American summers. Guess what? Those intrepid explorations don’t have to end just because the offspring have moved out… CONTINUE READING >>

All of these extraordinary expeditions offer the opportunity to see the USA while still maintaining safe social distancing. Looks like that will be the way to travel in 2020.
We all recall those glorious days of yesteryear with the station wagon packed to the gills, miles of billboard bingo, and endless Are we there yet?s.
Whether we were the kids, or when we had the kids, those memories are an indelible part of our American summers. Guess what? Those intrepid explorations don’t have to end just because the offspring have moved out… CONTINUE READING >>

Fall Festival Favorites

As the October rolls around it is time to roll out the barrels… of fun! There are few functions we find more fantastic than a fabulous fall festival…

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As the October rolls around it is time to roll out the barrels… of fun! There are few functions we find more fantastic than a fabulous fall festival…

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Swept off Our Feet at the Broom Corn Festival

Driving through the middle of America in early autumn meant we were bound to stumble upon some sort of fair or festival.

But we never expected to find one dedicated to something that we had never heard of… CONTINUE READING >> 


Driving through the middle of America in early autumn meant we were bound to stumble upon some sort of fair or festival.

But we never expected to find one dedicated to something that we had never heard of… CONTINUE READING >> 


The John Deere Pavilion – Moline, Illinois

Our visit to the John Deere Pavilion was special to us because it was my birthday, and John Deere is my great-great-great Grandfather. I grew up knowing about this legacy, but without much knowledge of the machinery that bears my ancestor’s name. That was certain to change… CONTINUE READING >> 

Our visit to the John Deere Pavilion was special to us because it was my birthday, and John Deere is my great-great-great Grandfather. I grew up knowing about this legacy, but without much knowledge of the machinery that bears my ancestor’s name. That was certain to change… CONTINUE READING >> 

In Honor of President’s Day

In these days of crazy political partisanship, we thought it might be a good idea to honor our presidents from the past that we almost all agree were among the greats.

No place can bring out a feeling of patriotic awe like… CONTINUE READING >> 

In these days of crazy political partisanship, we thought it might be a good idea to honor our presidents from the past that we almost all agree were among the greats.

No place can bring out a feeling of patriotic awe like… CONTINUE READING >> 

How Did a Buffalo Grow Wings?: The Origins of Some of America’s Favorite Foods


Many places across America have a certain food item that is emblematic to their city or region, and luckily we have found ourselves at the source of several.

Share a meal or two (okay many, many meals!) with us and learn about the origins of some of the USA’s most icon foods… CONTINUE READING >>


Many places across America have a certain food item that is emblematic to their city or region, and luckily we have found ourselves at the source of several.

Share a meal or two (okay many, many meals!) with us and learn about the origins of some of the USA’s most icon foods… CONTINUE READING >>