Hiking The Appalachian Trail from Front Royal to Harper’s Ferry

Despite rain and occasional thunderstorms, our week-long hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah Valley area was greatly enjoyed by nine Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC) backpackers.   The … Continue Reading…

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Three Best Cookie Recipes for Christmas Gift Trays

I’ve made many different cookies over the years, but I come back to these three family favorites again and again.  They are so good they’re addictive and each recipe has a … Continue Reading…

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Calming Your Wanderlust Part 1: Tips for Finding Someplace New Close to Home

Whether you are feeling restless while waiting for your next big trip or looking to get out of the house for the day or two, this article gives you all … Continue Reading…

A view at Lake McArthur in Yoho National Park

A Year of Hiking in Pictures

2015 — What an outstanding year for backpacking and hiking. This photo gallery has highlights from these very enjoyable and beautiful adventures. Trips began in March with an overnight backpacking hike in … Continue Reading…

Near Investor Gap in the Shining Rock Wilderness

Things to Know If You Plan To Hike The Art Loeb Trail In North Carolina

  A group of eight Central Indiana Wilderness Club members got along really well on a recent hike on Section III of Art Loeb trail in the Pisgah National Forest. … Continue Reading…


Eight Magnificent Days Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

A vacation to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is an unforgettable experience. Include a little time in adjacent Yoho National Park to increase your enjoyment exponentially. This eight day … Continue Reading…

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A Sunday Drive in Brown County: Photo Gallery

Driving on the back roads of northeast Brown County, Indiana we came upon many lovely and interesting things.

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A Local’s Guide to Beautiful Brown County Indiana

  Although I love to travel, I have a wonderful place to call home.   My husband and I live in Brown County Indiana, a tourist destination to millions of people

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Autumn Comfort Food: Meatloaf with Roasted Vegetables

According to Food Network meatloaf is the most popular recipe search on their site in the fall.  Even before I heard that this morning, I was thinking of making a … Continue Reading…

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A Spice Blend That Made Me a Good Mom – and Makes a Good Shepherd’s Pie Too.

I’ve gone through pounds of McCormick’s Grill Mates Seasoning: Montreal Chicken, and not just for grilling.  In fact hardly ever for grilling. This flavorful blend, heavy on garlic and pepper, … Continue Reading…