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2014 - Post Alley, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

During a recent stay in Seattle, WA, we explored Post Alley. Located underneath the Pike Place Market, this area is famous for one of the most vile reasons; The Gum Wall. I had the area on my list of places to explore as not only is it a popular attraction, but somewhere on that disgusting wall of germ infested gum is a geocache. If you have eagle eyes you might even be able to spot it in the pictures.

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2014 - Eagle Mountain, Cook County, MN

While in the area camping, I joined a gang of several geocaching individuals that grouped up to hike to the summit of Eagle Mountain. Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota at 2301' above sea level. The hike is 3.5 miles each direction with an elevation change of about 550'. The majority of the hike was over a trail of stones and boulders across forested rolling hills and the primary elevation climb does even really start until the last three quarters of a mile to the top.

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2014 - Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, MN

As soon as school was out for the summer we hit the road with the camper. Our destination is to one of our favorite locations on the entire planet, the northern shore of Lake Superior. We spent four nights at Temperance River State Park. Located near Schroeder, MN, Temperance River is one of eight jewels along the north shore. Hiking along the shoreline and the cascades of the river is something everyone has to experience in their lifetime.

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2014 - Apostle Island Sea Caves, La Pointe, WI

Last winter Nene, Laura and I had the opportunity to hike the Lake Superior ice out to the Apostle Island Lake Shore sea caves. During a trip to Madeline Island over memorial Weekend, Nene and I were afforded the opportunity to paddle to the sea caves on the south side of the island. We skirted our way through bays filled with icebergs and made our way to do some cave exploring.

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2014 - Big Bay State Park, La Pointe, WI

We spent Memorial Day weekend camping at Big Bay State Park. Located near La Pointe, WI on Madeline Island, the park has all of the amenities that interest us such as a swimming beach, paved bike trails, paddling, hiking, and geocaching. We spent four days trapped on the island and enjoyed the company of family and friends.

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2014 - Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK

Our family has visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial several years ago when the children were very young so I decided to stop by for another look while on a recent pass through Oklahoma City, OK. There are few words that can describe this memorial and what happened here back on April 19th, 1995.

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2014 - St. Paul Stars Synchronized Swim Team Pictures

Anna has been swimming now for five years and watching her and her team evolve has been amazing. In the earliest years, synchronized swimming meant just trying to stay afloat. A couple years back we were amazed if the girls placed even in the bottom half of the standings. This year, all three of the routines Anna was involved with qualified for Nationals in Seattle. Congratulations Anna!

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2014 - The Fall of the Motor City, Detroit, MI

We've all heard the stories of the financial collapse of Detroit, MI. During a recent trip to the area, we took our lives into our own hands and decided to check out the blight for ourselves.

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