Travel

Chasing chickens on Fat Tuesday is a Mardi Gras tradition in Louisiana Cajun country

While Metro Detroiters spend Fat Tuesday stuffing themselves with paczki — fat Polish donuts stuffed with jelly, creme or custard and calories — residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, practice some interesting Mardi Gras customs of their own. Unlike the often bawdy revelers in better-known New Orleans on the other side of the state, Lake Charles … Continue Reading →

Michigan resorts host fall farm-to-table dinners

    Foodies looking for a fall getaway have a smorgasbord of choices at northern Michigan resorts. As part of the growing ‘eat local’ movement,  Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville will wrap up its monthly Farm-to-Table summer series of pre-fixe dinners at the Thistle Pub & Grille Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. Showcasing locally-sourced ingredients, … Continue Reading →

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service

I was fortunate to visit three of our nation’s greatest treasures in the past year. From roaming buffalo, erupting geysers and cascading waterfalls in Yellowstone and soaring red rocks in Zion to dramatic granite formations and waterfalls in Yosemite, our national parks are truly awe-inspiring. Today marks the centennial of the day, Aug. 25, 1916, … Continue Reading →

Heart Mountain internment site marks 5th anniversary as historic landmark and museum

George Takei, the “Star Trek” actor turned social activist and Internet celebrity, paid a poignant visit this month to Wyoming’s Heart Mountain, site of a confinement center for Japanese-Americans rounded up by the United States government during World War II. Though the site is located near Cody, just 65 miles from Yellowstone National Park, it was … Continue Reading →