Celebrate winter by checking out Lake Superior’s beautiful waves and ice formations. You can choose to do it from a warm distance or up close and personal.
Here’s to celebrating Winter and all her beauty!
As Winter works, beautiful waves and ice formations adorn both the Lake and her beaches.
View of the Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from the Pincushion Mountain overlook. The sea fog makes it look even more cloudy.
Harbor pictures a bit closer.
Want more winter? Try checking out these webcams in Cook County Minnesota. How do you like to enjoy winter?
Not your usual form of home delivery. Winter driving can be stimulating.
Cruising along US Highway 2 through Iron River, Wisconsin — home of the Fig Leaf Thrift Shop — we observed a semi that had parked inside the front of a house.
Not your usual form of home delivery.
Hope everyone is ok. Winter driving can be stimulating! Stay safe out there.
Thank You to the Police and Fire working at -2.
Remember that racking up daily short term successes can result in long-term results. Consistency is key!
Looking forward to 2018? Well it’s that time of year again. Most folks set their resolutions or goals for the new year. Losing weight, eating healthier, going to the gym, taking a class, and doing something on the “bucket list” are often popular targets. Usually we’re picking something we want to improve to make our life better. No matter what we pick to start or stop — consistency is key.
Let me interject one point here—before consistently working toward that goal, it is important to set a “good” goal. We can use the SMART acronym (see note below) to set up for success.
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – realistic
T – time based
Eating healthier is a good goal. Will this general of a goal be met and can it be measured? No to both. How about eating one salad every day for two months? It is specific, measurable, and time based, but is it doable and realistic? It is doable but possibly not realistic. It would depend on one’s schedule and lifestyle. Let’s change the goal to eating 3 salads a week for 1 month. Is that better? What about eating 2 servings of fruits/vegetables 5 times a week for a month? The specific goal can be tweaked to compliment one’s goals, schedule, and lifestyle. Plan for success without making it too easy or too difficult. Next, evaluate what to do based on how much of the goal was reached.
Once a “good” goal is decided, planning step by step how to reach it is important. Having the healthy foods on hand to eat is one step. Preparing and cooking foods ahead is another step. Remember that racking up daily short term successes can result in long-term results. Consistency means doing something in a regularly scheduled way.
When consistently working toward a goal, it is not easy to see results on a daily basis. Results are often seen after weeks of consistent investment toward reaching that goal. All of the hard work, overcoming obstacles, and many times of getting back on track are worth it for the results that can be achieved. Consistency is key!
Note: According to Wikipedia, George Doran first used the SMART acronym. Doran, G. T. (1981). “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives”. Management Review. AMA FORUM. 70 (11): 35–36.
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Wishing you a Happy New Year with another edition of Cool, Curious and/or Quirky Finds. It is fun to keep an eye open for these items to share with you. Feel free to comment below if you have some Cool, Curious and/or Quirky Finds to share.
Our Septic Service moonlights on the weekends, if you can believe their bumper sticker. D & M Septic has a sense of humor.
You might find it interesting that Kurt’s Island Sportshop in Minocqua, WI offers “LIVE NUDE MINNOWS” and Other Sexy Bait.
Might want to check that out when you’re in the area.
And . . . last but not least . . . a billboard I’ve wanted to capture and share with you advertising Buc-ee’s. A travel stop on steroids, Buc-ee’s is a Texas favorite that has serving travelers down to both an art and a science. If you’re going through Texas, be sure to locate a Buc-ee’s. You’ll find fast food you can order electronically, gift shop areas for everyone in the family, jerky, sweets, drinks, souvenirs, and clean restrooms designed to serve crowds. And they are usually overly crowded. Not to mention their cute mascot with a sexy overbite!
May your New Year be the best yet for you and yours. Be sure to keep up with BackroadTracks.com to get ideas for your adventures be they near or far.
What a gift of salvation God offers each of us!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and joyful New Year! It is both sobering and awesome to remember that Baby Jesus is the same Jesus whose resurrection we celebrate at Easter. What a gift of salvation God offers each of us! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Thought you might enjoy seeing these Christmas trees we found in our travels. Two of them are in road intersections. Have you seen Christmas trees like that? If so, please share the location.
This Christmas trees graces an intersection in historic, downtown Corsicana, Texas.
Love the little french fry container ornaments on this tree at a Corsicana McDonald’s!
This “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree was discovered in downtown Wortham, TX.
I was caught taking this picture ; )
Cindy at BackroadTracks.com
To make a very long story shorter, I’ll just tell you two companies not to use if your ever broken down around the Cape Girardeau Missouri area and a company that treated us exceptionally well.
We were on a tight timetable, driving straight through from Texas to Illinois to go on to Minnesota. Just outside of Cape Girardeau Missouri, the truck overheated. We were broken down. I’m sure you understand this is beyond frustrating but for us it was especially so. We were scheduled to meet our son who had just returned from deployment. We were going to watch our grandbaby and enjoy some family vacation time at the cabin. We hadn’t seen our son for 9 months and it looked like we were going to be delayed.
To make a very long story shorter, I’ll just tell you two companies not to use if your ever broken down around the Cape Girardeau Missouri area and a company that treated us exceptionally well. Avoid ASAP Towing and the local Ford Dealership. Use Seyer’s Garage.
For the story details—read on. Our AT&T phone roadside assistance hooked us up with ASAP Towing. After 2 hours of waiting, ASAP cancelling our tow without letting us or AT&T know, we made contact with Seyer’s Garage. Our wait was short, the tow driver polite and friendly. Once my husband saw that Seyer’s also had a garage and found out the driver was willing to get us to a hotel, we just had our truck taken to their garage. In route, we explained our tight timetable and inquired about how busy their shop was. The driver was actually the owner and he agreed to take a look at the truck with no promises, which we understood and appreciated. A little while later, a shop employee gave us a ride to our hotel. Note, the Ford dealership in Cape Girardeau had informed us they would not assist us in getting to a hotel.
If the truck was able to be repaired, the shop owner agreed to pick us up early the next morning on his way in. As it turned out, the shop called that same day to let us know the truck was fixed and that they could come pick us up to get the truck. We were so thankful for Seyer’s Garage and their professional and courteous service that we want to let others know about this resource should they have a need in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area. They also have a location in Scott City, Missouri.
Do you have any such services that were helpful when you were traveling? If so, feel free to post in the comments section.
Small parks offer a space for relaxing and appreciating a space of beauty no matter the time of year.
Isn’t it fun to trip across a park in an unexpected place? Both Corsicana, TX and Ironwood, MI offer this opportunity.
We discovered two Pocket Parks in Historic downtown Corsicana. Space between two buildings was repurposed into 2 different parks that we had the privilege of seeing decorated for Christmas as well as Halloween. Each space offers a restroom.
In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ironwood offers a corner park downtown.
It is beautiful both in summer and winter.
Such small parks offer a space for relaxing and appreciating a space of beauty no matter the time of year. Have you found any surprise parks? If so, feel free to post a comment to share.
The downtown Fairfield, Texas square has been seasonally decorated by local merchants and organizations and is all decked out for the TSAC Fall Art Walk.
Trinity Star Arts Council is hosting the TSAC Fall Ark Walk on October 26, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The downtown Fairfield, Texas square has been seasonally decorated by local merchants and organizations and is all decked out for the occasion.
There will be a Scarecrow Contest, Picasso Pumpkins, Music by SCO LITE, the Eagle Choir, and Refreshments. Not to mention getting to shop at local merchants.
There is also the opening reception for “Seasons,” an Exhibit of Landscapes, Williford Foundation.
Gotta love Minions. If you are looking for an Autumn event, mark your calendar for the TSAC Fall Art Walk in Fairfield, TX.
Check out these quirky pictures including 100% recycled toilet paper, Mosquito Lion, and more.
Thought you might enjoy these pictures of interesting things, signs, or just plain cool finds.
Cool car spotted at Subway parking lot in Grand Marais, MN. I just had to share this with you,
Loved seeing this truck advertising on a Texas road and how the owner combines assumed love of fishing with the business. Nice slogan–“Catching whatever bugs you!”
Next up is picture of a Mosquito Lion. A friend graciously let me photo his find at Grand Portage National Monument. With a quick look online, I learned they do not actually eat mosquitoes–unfortunately!
While in Minnesota, our dog noticed the rain water that had collected in our yard cart. He just had to jump up and play in it–really! He loves water, snow, mud, and dirt. Surprisingly, he is easy to keep clean even though he is mostly white. His hair has an oil coating that kind of operates like tefflon.
Do you want to use 100% recycled toilet paper? I don’t want to know how they do it–do you? Do note it is “Recycled without Chlorine, Inks, and Fragrances” per the label.
I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more quirky stuff to share with you. Remember to enjoy the little things, and live a thankful life!
Lots of amenities to choose from at this beautiful country inn, but read our review to decide if it might be for you.
Pine Creek Country Inn
341 Pine Creek Road
Venue: True to its name, Pine Creek Country Inn is located in a country setting. The grounds are beautiful, wooded, and hilly with a small meandering creek.
Atmosphere: We lodged in a beautifully decorated, charming room in the Creek House complete with a refrigerator. A microwave was added at our inquiry at no additional charge.
Amenities: Lots to choose from and too many to list here. Two outdoor hot tubs (one of which is semi-private with a partition surrounding it) and an outdoor pool. The pool and large hot tub are open 24 hours.
Continental breakfast is offered weekdays in your room with a Country Breakfast offered on Saturday and Sunday in the Creekside Café. Both are complimentary. While there is wifi, it did not work well in our room. We didn’t eat at the Creekside Café but it is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can BYOB. A variety of outdoor games are available such as horseshoes, badminton and volleyball.
Recommendations: If you are not a cat person, do not stay here. Upon walking up to the lodge, there were at least 10 cats lounging near the front entryway.
Service: Verify your room charges upon check in. We had 2 reservations 1 week apart and they were mixed up. The second, longer stay, was charged for the first, shorter visit. A mistake for which they refunded the difference. However, the manager assisting the front desk attendant was short and terse with the attendant during the correction process. Do note, it is less expensive to book reservations online.
Return Rating: Never. While the grounds were beautiful and the room was comfortable, we won’t return. We cancelled the second reservation. The manger’s demeanor and too many lounging cats at the entry are inhospitable to us.