White River State Park

White River State Park outdoor attractions

White River State Park White River State Park is a unique park in downtown Indianapolis. There are no campgrounds here, no fishing, no deer and bald eagles although you might see a rabbit. It is not under the purview of the Department of Natural Resources. The park features city attractions like museums, a zoo, and [...]

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Backpacking camaraderie

Backpacking camaraderie at Russell Field Shelter

Backpacking camaraderie in the Great Smoky Mountains One thing I love about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains is the backpacking camaraderie that exists in the shelters. Every time I have stayed in a shelter along the Appalachian Trail (AT) I have met some of the coolest people. My latest trip over the 4th of [...]

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A Ladyboy waiting for Bangkok train

A ladyboy waiting for a Bangkok train

Ladyboy waiting for a train Only in Bangkok, Thailand will you find a ladyboy waiting for a train. This picture was taken at the train stop just outside of the Don Mueang International Airport. Instead of haggling with the taxis and paying 400 baht, I spent 5 baht and rode with the people.  I had [...]

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Goose Lake State Natural Area sunset

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area sunset

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area sunset A Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area sunset near Morris, Illinois is a great spot to view this daily phenomenon. With unobstructed views for miles with nothing but tallgrass prairie and a few trees, one can see for miles. It helps to have a sunset framed over a [...]

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Wat Pho Bangkok Thailand

Wat Pho temples, spires, and more

Wat Pho is number 1 on the list of temples to visit Bangkok is home to over 400 Buddhist temples. Wat Pho is perhaps the biggest, most beautiful, and most important from a historical perspective. With over 400 temples to choose from, this temple should be the first temple complex on your list to visit [...]

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Chicago Historic Bar Walking Tour

Chicago Detours Historic Bar Walking Tour

Meeting up at the Bean When you live in a city as beautiful as Chicago, you do not have to go far to experience a cool travel experience. On this day it was a matter of jumping on the brown line and heading towards the Loop. In less than an hour, I was at the [...]

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Alligator Lake Recreation Area Florida

Alligator Lake Recreation Area hike

No shortage of adventure places in Florida It is easy to find adventure in Florida. Just pick up a map and look for a spot of green or blue, and you will most likely find good hiking or canoeing. This is true whether you are down in the Everglades, the Keys, or even farther north [...]

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Three Great Smoky Mountain waterfalls

Three Smoky Mountain waterfalls each one bringing happiness

Three Smoky Mountain waterfalls Seeing waterfalls and cascades in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great adventure in this destination along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. On a recent trip hiking trip I was able to get three of them in. The first two were stops along the road, and the last [...]

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Emory Peak Big Bend

Saved from a selfie on Emory Peak

Texas mountains and Emory Peak Big Bend National Park does not have any 14ers, but it does have mountains that reach half that height in the Chisos Mountains. The tallest of the group is Emory Peak at 7,825. The hike to the top is a great adventure perfect for a day hike from Chisos Basin [...]

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White River State Park Segway Tour

A White River State Park Segway Tour oddity

Ground control to a White River State Park Segway Tour I have never been all that impressed with the segway. I have never ridden one, but I have often seen them in Grant Park in Chicago. They seem strange to me and frankly, I would rather walk. I had a chance to check one out [...]

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