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San Francisco in the summer


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Hello - Have you ever considered tromping around Beaver Island, Michigan? Beaver Island is located roughly 20 miles off the northern Michigan coastline in Lake Michigan. You can reach the island by ferry or air, there is a small public school K- 12 and wonderful small group of Islanders - in the summer the island population triples or more with vacationers. It is very much like Vermont without the mountains.... :)

Tara Schatz

Monday 25th of March 2024

Thanks for the tip! I will definitely check it out!


Thursday 4th of January 2024

Tara, I think you wrote an article on using shortcuts to delay text messages on iPhone on another platform. There was no way to comment on the article and no contact info so I found you here. I just wanted to let you know that the article was very helpful, and thank you. Not sure how else you would know that people are reading what you write and are appreciative. That's it. Thanks!

Tara Schatz

Thursday 4th of January 2024

Thanks, Ben. I appreciate that!

Milton Martin

Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Where can I get a highway map and descriptions of water falls in the Finger Lake part of New York? And a highway map of scenic roads in the Finger Lakes? Planning a 12-14 day trip in May, 2023.... two days to get to Niagara falls from Virginia, 2-3 days at the falls, 5-6 days in the Finger Lakes, and 2 days to drive back. mid 70's couple, short hikes on easy trails, BNB, small inns lodging. All suggestions welcomed. Thanks....

laurie gonzalez

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

I am really upset that you are profiling a nature reserve where I live, we have a big issue with transients and the last thing we need are more people coming around here and stiring up dust and trashing the place. I hate site likes your as there are too many people looking to live in these areas and the local taxpayers are left to clean up the mess.

Tara Schatz

Friday 24th of February 2023

I'm sorry that you feel that way, but promoting sustainable tourism and the outdoors is not what is causing the issues taxpayers face.

Ruth A Lewis

Saturday 14th of January 2023

Hi! Read your account of your venture into the Finger Lakes. So glad you enjoyed yourself. I, in turn, enjoyed reading your account. You also surprised me by mentioning a vineyard I was unaware of and it's less than an hour away. Thank you.

For future reference, the Finger Lakes are in Upstate NY, not Western NY. Upstate is further divided into Western (formerly Niagara Frontier), Finger Lakes, Central, Southern Tier, Capital Area, North Country, Hudson Valley/Leatherstocking Region, and Downstate (which is further divided).

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you return because there is so much here besides endless waterfalls, gorges, lakes, streams, hills, and forests. For my part, I'm looking forward to exploring more of beautiful Vermont. Happy traveling!

Ruth Lewis, Homer, NY