24 Jul 2014

The Crankypant’s Guide to Surviving Summer Fairs & Festivals

When I was a kid, the county fair was EVERYTHING.

EVERYTHING.

My family didn’t travel much, so my brothers and sisters and I spent our summers dressing up goats in doll dresses, locking each other in the chicken barn and waiting impatiently for the fair.

Seriously, the fair was like Disneyland and Disney World [...]

18 Jul 2014

Go Solo Project: 5 Reasons To Go Solo Camping

You guys, you guys, you guys!

Remember how I was going to go camping all by myself for the first time ever and how I totally thought I was going to have my face eaten off by wolverines?

Well, I am happy to report that I still have 100% of my face. Yay!

Not [...]

13 Jul 2014

The 7 Stages of Hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes

When I learned that the campground where I was planning to camp last weekend was only forty minutes away from Sleeping Bear Dunes, I decided I should stop by there on my way.

After all, I’d have a few hours to kill before I could check into the campground, and I figured I could [...]

4 Jul 2014

By the time you read this I will probably have been attacked by wolverines. And not the type that look like Hugh Jackman.

I know I say this pretty much all the time.

But, you guys, I’M GOING TO DIE.

You see, this morning, I am getting in my car and heading to Northern Michigan to go camping by myself for the first time ever.

This seemed like a good idea when I was planning my trip, but [...]

29 Jun 2014

How to Make a Pie Because You Told All the Internet You’d Make a Pie

Every once in a while I regret having a blog.

Like when something mildly interesting (or not even interesting at all) happens and a friend or family member’s first reaction is to say, “You should blog about that.”

Or when all I want to do is watch bad reality television shows, but I feel [...]