The observatory and planetarium complex is first, a research facility and second, a public destination. Technology and astronomical scholarship are celebrated here. Butler astronomy students know their telescope history and mechanics as well as nighttime observation details. It's a treat to be able to walk in from the street and connect with something vastly more infinite than your everyday life, but don't expect a "cutting-edge science museum" planetarium experience.
natural wonders, the donner party and more!
Ok, Part A touched on my family's time in San Francisco - such a fun and engaging city. We headed east to Sacramento following a few days in the Bay area, with the hopes of day trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in addition to exploring Sacramento. Fires sprang up in Yosemite and that eliminated us from going there, so we took a trip to Donner Memorial State Park - yes the Donner Party that we all learned about in school has a fantastic memorial spot to check out!
The little details reminded us of the Netherlands, particularly the bright flourish of flowers against a dreary, cloudy sky.
the island, the bridge, the trees, the apple
One last family trip before shuttling off our oldest to his freshman year at college. A family consensus picked California and my wife narrowed in on greater San Francisco for a jumping off point. A great call and a great experience - with the exception of a sketchy AirBNB choice, but that's another blog for another time.
Leland, MICH. (Approximately)
The visit to South Manitou Island isn't what you normally think of as the "Island Experience," unless you are a Michigander to your core. Boarding a boat at "Fishtown"? Naturally. Catching views of shipwrecks and lighthouses? Of course. Slathering on bug spray like it's sunscreen? You better. This is what island life is above the 45th Parallel.
Pete is the founder of Piggyback App. At the time of writing this description, he may or may not be on a horse.