Tag Archives: Outdoor Sports/Adventure

It’s All About Golf! The World Golf Village

By Charlene S. Mixa

Great Golf Courses, Golf History and Great Accommodations

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

THE SLAMMER & SQUIRE vs THE KING & BEAR:  Golfers step up to the challenges of the World Golf Villages two world-class golf courses, the Slammer & Squire verses The King & Bear. The pristine setting of the, Slammer & Squire Course, a true resort course has views of the World Golf Hall on Fame on several holes. Challenges are many as the course traverses Florida preserved woodlands, wetlands all with an overall natural beauty. Continue reading

Louis Visits Busch Gardens

By Charlene S. Mixa (Mimi to Louis)

A Toddler’s View of Busch Gardens

Louis drives a car!

Louis drives a car!

Again! Again! Ride Again! Pleaseee! Hi, I’m Louis and I’m only 22 months old. Today is my first visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. Hurray! We start at “Sesame Street Safari of Fun!” Daddy and I crawl and climb through the huge multi-story play tower. Awesome! We are high above everyone walking over bridges, into towers, through chains and climbing ropes. Continue reading

Great Golf in Michigan’s Coastal Towns

By Charlene S. Mixa

The Exciting Ravines and Dramatic Hawkshead Golf Courses on Michigan’s West Coast

Scenic lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Scenic lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Coastal quaint towns where life is simpler and the pace is slower are found along the shores of Lake Michigan. The delightful villages of Saugatuck/Douglas and charming town of South Haven, Michigan each offer visitors their own style of hospitality and charm. In addition to scenic lakeshores, top ranked beaches and unique shopping are plenty of recreational opportunities including exciting golf courses. Continue reading

The Masters- Practice Round

By Charlene S. Mixa

A First Time Patrons Perspective

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Unbelievable! We’re going to the Masters! We have tickets to this coveted event! Last minute tickets became available on Friday for the Monday practice round. After some quick packing and locating a hotel room, Sunday we make the 9 hour drive from Oldsmar, FL to Augusta, GA. Continue reading

Traveling California’s “Lesser Known” Coast


By Charlene S. Mixa

The dramatic coastline and seashore of Northern California Pacific Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Rolling hills, mighty redwoods, sandy beaches and bluffs high above the Pacific, create an exciting seascape along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco. This infamous coastal road follows the Pacific coastline through Washington, Oregon and California. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Route 1 becomes a two-lane road winding through the hillsides of forest and redwoods, with very few towns along the way. Continue reading

Traveling Oregon’s Dynamic Coast

By Charlene S. Mixa

Activities & Sights Along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Byway

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

Rugged mountains, secluded inlets, expansive sand dunes, picturesque sea stacks and the greenest of green forests line the Oregon Coast spotted with small quaint towns nestled just off the highway. The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, US 101 skirts the coast sometimes just a few 100 yards from the water’s edge. My husband, Richard and I are traveling Oregon’s dramatic coastline starting at Astoria, OR, the northern most town on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south ending at Bandon, OR. Continue reading

A Denali Wilderness Hike

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exhilarating Trek into Alaska’s Wilderness

All decked out for a rainy day hike

All decked out for a rainy day hike

Early September in Alaska is a wonderful time to see fall foliage in this magnificent huge state. A paradise for hikers, the South Denali area has lakes, streams, woods, alpine ridges and wildlife. There are spectacular views of 23, 230 foot Denali (Mt. McKinley). A hike allows you to really enjoy the Alaskan landscape. The Denali Wilderness Hike touts: “Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide”. Continue reading

Grandview Golf Club: Northern Michigan’s Best Kept Secret!

 By Charlene S. Mixa

An Unknown Golf Gem in the Michigan’s Mitten! 

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

Shh! Can you keep a secret? Hidden just outside of Kalkaska, MI is a little known golf course, Grandview Golf Club. With a 4-star rating by Golf Digest as “Best Places to Play”, we find this out of the limelight course.   Grandview is recommended to us by Scott, an Assistant Pro at the Cedar River Golf Course, as a must play while in the area. Scott brags that the course is in great condition, with terrific views and the best “catfish” in the area, plus only 30 minutes from Shanty Creek. Continue reading

The Sundance Golf Course at A-Ga-Ming

By Charlene S. Mixa

An exciting links course in Northern Michigan

Sundance - A-Ga-Ming view of courseTwo unforgettable courses welcome golfers to A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. The initial course, A-Ga-Ming, was a nine hole course. The expansion to an eighteen holes in 1986 moved the course to the next level. Creating a challenging golf layout, A-Ga-Ming (now Torch) has the most spectacular views in northern Michigan of the majestic blue Torch Lake and its surrounding countryside. Continue reading

Little Traverse Bay Golf Club & Restaurant

By Charlene S. Mixa

Panoramic Views, Terrific Golf and Delicious Food 

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Nestled high in the forested hills, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay and three inland lakes. Spectacular breathtaking views are found from many vantage points of this 18-hole traditional-style golf course, which is continuously rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Recognized as the #2 Most Female-Friendly Course in the Country in 2002 by Golf Digest, the course is a must see stop for a visit to northern Michigan. Continue reading