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When Thoughts Turn To Spring in Ohio…


Toward the end of winter in late February and early March, when warm days alternate with cold nights, some Ohioans undertake the traditional task of tapping sugar maple trees for the production of maple syrup. Here in the Miami Valley of western Ohio, the Boy Scouts of Tecumseh Council are busy preparing to tap the maple trees in the forest ... Read More »

Life On the Road


Life on the road can be challenging and exhausting. Life on the road in winter is a totally different beast. This year has seen the coldest and snowiest in a very long time. Preparation is the key, along with four-wheel drive, great snow tires, a shovel and boot claws. So what do I as an inspector have in the trunk ... Read More »

The Creation Museum


I didn’t really know what to expect when some medical doctor friends from Minnesota surprised my wife and I by inviting us to spend a weekend with them in Petersburg, KY( about 15 miles West of Cincinnati, OH) to visit the Creation Museum. My wife coordinated the trip thinking it a good way to celebrate my birthday that fell on ... Read More »

Grand Floral Parade


I recently had the opportunity to watch the Grand Floral Parade live with thousands of other people who were lining the parade route. It was the 101st Grand Floral Parade. If you are in Portland in June, I highly recommend taking the time to see this wonderful parade featuring floats, marching bands and rodeo queens on horseback. There are many ... Read More »

Lake Superior Whitefish

Lake Superior Whitefish

Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes, fish was a dinner table staple and on occasion a breakfast table staple if you got up early enough to catch some sunnies (sunfish). Walleye is the ubiquitous fish of Minnesota, however it is not the only fish. We have the afore mentioned sunfish, trout, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and ... Read More »

Wyoming – A Few Homeruns That Hit the Spot

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As an inspector, sometimes it is tedious to do routine restaurants over and over again. However, this is not the case during a recent road trip. What’s up with the bursting flavors in Wyoming? J’s Pub & Grill, Casper, 2-Diamonds Photos: crab cake deluxe and watermelon salad I kept hearing about this restaurant in Casper where the chef had been ... Read More »

Tips on Taking a Washington State Ferry


If you’re planning a driving vacation this summer that will include taking your car onto a Washington State Ferry, here are a few things to keep in mind. First thing, be sure and visit the website for answers to all your questions along with scheduled routes and departure times. It’s also handy to grab a paper schedule to have ... Read More »

Rose Covered Cottages of Siasconset


On the eastern side of Nantucket Island lies the idyllic and visually stunning village of Siasconset. This sleepy ocean side town began in the late 1600’s as a community of shanties built a few feet from one another by fisherman in search of cod and whales off the coast. In the late 1800’s, prosperous whale captains began vacationing here and ... Read More »

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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One of the attractive features of Central Ohio, where I live, is that it is home to one of the nation’s premier zoos, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This GEM attraction, located in Powell, Ohio, is within easy driving distance of the city and is known to many people nationwide through television appearances made by the Director Emeritus, Jack Hanna. ... Read More »

The Iconic Neon Boneyard


Since the first time I saw the movie “Vegas Vacation”, I could not wait to see and dance on the signs in the Neon Boneyard. Well 16 years later I wasn’t able to dance on them, but was able to enjoy their historic beauty in an educational and entertaining tour. The Neon Boneyard is the featured part of The Neon ... Read More »

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