November 2017

Kayaking the Great Lakes Region

The following is a guest post written by Mark at KayakGuru.com. Be sure to check out KayakGuru.com to learn more about kayaking! Covering parts of eight US states and one Canadian province, the Great Lakes Region certainly lives up to its name. Spanning Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario, it offers an array of protected waters just perfect for exploring via kayak. The 5 Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior) aren’t only surrounded by forests and rural hiking trails, they also cover many cities. A thorough tour of this 95…

Living with Degenerative Disc Disease

I have degenerative disc disease. I do not have a herniated disc. (See a previous post.) With just one x-ray, an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed me with a lifelong condition. No MRIs, no CT scans. Just one simple x-ray and an exam. Of course, what made it worse, was that this doctor didn’t show any empathy, compassion, or provide helpful ways to manage my pain. What I thought was a small issue that simply needed time and treatment to heal, had become in moments, a condition I was going to learn to live with. I was simply…

The Benefits of Walking in Nature

Stressed out? Take a hike! Recent studies have shown that a simple walk outside in nature can help reduce the effects of stress and lower the risk of depression. Researchers from Stanford and the University of Michigan have both published articles indicating that walking in a park or other natural environment, benefits people’s health in many ways…

Visiting Grand Trianon of Versailles

  Grand Trianon of Versailles Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France For my post on visiting the Palace of Versailles, click here. For the gardens of Versailles, click here. Grading – B  After seeing the Palace of Versailles, Grand Trianon is a bit underwhelming. However, it is still an architectural, historical, and landscaping achievement. Hours: Estate of Trianon: 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Closed Mondays and May 1…