The Rough Riders Hotel and Theodore’s Dining Room in Medora

Step into the Roughriders Inn in Medora and you’ll soon find yourself in the middle of Teddy Roosevelt’s library, equipped with filled rustic bookcases, a warm fireplace, and chandeliers hanging overhead. While the rooms aren’t the lowest price in town, you’ll understand why as soon as you slide in your key card and open the door. From the relaxing colors on the walls, to the detailed touches like a Teddy Roosevelt bear and picture history book of Medora, you’ll want to spend as much time possible in your room. 


The Medora Musical

Performers at the musical in Medora North Dakota

Finally after nearly 15 years of living in the state (or very close there to), I went to the Medora Musical. My first take-away – it’s not really a musical! It should promptly be renamed the Medora Variety Show. You could even call it the Medora Variety Show (Includes Music!!!) in case anyone gets confused during the transition. This year’s show was a medley of songs, with a comedian thrown in the middle, about the heroes of North Dakota. We heard about more modern heroes like Carsen Wentz, former quarterback for the North Dakota State Bison who is currently the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Durham Museum in Omaha – A Step Back in Time

As soon as you step into the Durham Museum in Omaha you are transported to a place in time when trains crisscrossed the Midwestern landscape, moving people from town to town and city to city. The high ceilings and the intricate Art Deco design immediately draw your eye. The historically preserved train station reminds you of a place in time when expansion and Manifest Destiny was the motto.  Large wooden benches with built in hvac vents line the vast open space of the station, offering plenty of seating for travelers on their way. Surprisingly enough, the benches were far more comfortable than most airline lounges. The idea of traveling the country by train is far more glamorous than today's air travel where sweatpants and smelly sandwiches are as common as delays and mishandled luggage. 

Snorkeling in Dominical, Costa Rica

on the boat in Costa Rica

The snorkeling in Costa Rica could rival any other major snorkeling destinations in the world. The crystal clear, pristine waters make it easy to join the underwater world and swim surrounded by colorful fish.  After cutting through the waves and the water, we reached our first snorkeling spot. After gearing up, we jumped in and were not disappointed by the variety of different fish and underwater life we were able to see. After a what seemed like 5 minutes, but was more like 30, we climbed back aboard to race off to the next destination. 

Fishing on Lake Lida, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

The 4th of July holiday means one thing in my house - fishing! We book our camping spot months in advance to ensure we get the exact location we want and get ready for a long weekend of camping, fishing, and exploring the area around Maplewood State Park. If you've ever been to Pelican Rapids, … Continue reading Fishing on Lake Lida, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota