Nobody Leaves Indy Without Visiting the Track

funny cars at the Chevrolet Performance  Nationals

Our afternoon at Lucas Oil Raceway was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. My age is likely showing here, but does anyone remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting? The part where the babysitter and the kids are running to get away from the car thieves and they enter a Blues club through the back door […]

Exploring Omaha Without a Car

Exploring Omaha Without a Car

This trip was arranged in partnership with and Visit Omaha. I can’t even recall the last time I was in Omaha to visit. I think it may have been when I was a child and my parents took me to the zoo. So… let’s conservatively estimate it to have been about 30 years ago. It’s embarrassing […]

Be a Part of Your Favorite Childhood Tales at Storybook Land

Storybook Land Express, Aberdeen, SD

What is your favorite nursery rhyme or story from childhood? Maybe you dreamed of being a knight or princess in a magical castle. Or did you dream of having a farm like Old MacDonald? Maybe you just wanted to click a pair of shiny red shoes together and be transported like Dorothy? You can step […]

A Very Presidential #IGTravelThursday


Here at Family Rambling we cover a different topic each month. February’s topic was, fittingly, Presidents. The month began with the most ‘Presidential’ of sites, Mount Rushmore. The southwest corner of South Dakota holds the state’s most visited site – Mount Rushmore. And really, it’s s stunning place to visit. The massive granite heads of […]

Living Like Laura in DeSmet, South Dakota

Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet, South Dakota

I can remember reading the ‘Little House’ books by Laura Ingalls Wilder over and over again as I grew up in southwest Iowa. I never grew tired of Laura’s stories of life on the western frontier. And though I knew Laura was telling stories of her life, I never imagined that I would be able to […]

A Visit to Long Grove Confectionery is Like Finding a Golden Ticket


“I never had a chance to shine, Never a happy song to sing, But suddenly half the world is mine What an amazing thing—‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket!” When Charlie finds the Golden Ticket, every child imagines changing places with him for even just a moment to peek into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Fortunately, […]

Ohio, the Home of Presidents

Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery

There’s a reason Ohio is referred to as “the home of Presidents” or “the Mother of Presidents”. Seven U.S. Presidents have been born in the Buckeye State while another simply claimed Ohio as his home. And while you’ll find historical markers, boyhood homes, museums and memorials for William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin […]