Cartagena photo essay

Cartagena Old City photo essay

Within a short time of arriving in Cartagena, I realized it was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I would not say it is more fantastic than Paris or Prague, but it is definitely on par or close to par. The city reminds me of mixture of New Orleans and Saint Augustine, […]

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Black River State Forest Wildcat Trails

Black River State Forest Wildcat Trails

I have skied the Black River State Forest numerous times, but I have always parked in the Smrekar Trailhead parking lot, and I have never skied over to the other trail system. This time I decided to ski over to the Black River State Forest Wildcat Trails, and I am glad I did as it […]

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Colombia bird hoatzin

Colombia bird photo essay

Colombia owns the distinction of having the highest number of bird species of any other country with an astonishing total of 1,871. This was a major draw for me to visit, and although I did not see them all, I did see a decent number since I visited both the Amazon region and the Caribbean […]

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backpacking hammock

Forest Glen backpacking adventure

One trip that has been on my radar for a couple years now is a Forest Glen backpacking adventure. Forest Glen is a county forest preserve in Vermilion County in downstate Illinois. The Chicago Backpackers use the 11 mile backpacking loop as their boot camp to inaugurate new members who want to learn the basics […]

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Beaver Brook Nordic skiing

Leave it to the Beaver Brook cross country ski trails

One difference I have noted in my adventures pre and post blog is a willingness to try and see new places. This is especially true of cross-country skiing. If it were not for the blog, I would continuously ski at Kettle Moraine, the Birkie Trail, and Black River Forest. Since I am a travel blogger […]

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Timberland Hills Ski Trails

Discovering Timberland Hills Ski Trails

I have been cross-country skiing in the Midwest for over 30 years, and I have been doing it pretty hardcore for the last five. I am pretty knowledgeable about the cross-country skiing trails in the Midwest and especially Wisconsin. I just came across a new one for me this winter near Cumberland and Rice Lake […]

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Valencia Waterfall

Cooling off at Valencia Waterfall in Colombia

When I arrived to the Caribbean coast from Bogota it was after spending two days in bed racked with a horrible case of diarrhea and upset stomach. I did not eat for almost 24 hours and consumed only sips of juice. Thoughts of some crazy Amazonian disease crept into my mind. I also wondered whether […]

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GoPro Birkie adventure

A Birkie GoPro cross-country ski adventure

It has been a frustrating start to the cross-country ski season thanks to el Niño. It was 60 degrees and raining two days before Christmas in Chicago. Even the usually reliable Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been without the flaky white stuff. Finally a the storm that brought rain to Chicago provided the long awaited snow to northwest […]

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Winter Park Ski School

Back to school at Winter Park Ski School

It had been awhile since I had downhill skied, so I took advantage of the Winter Park ski school during my short stay at this beautiful Colorado resort. After a 90 minute drive from Denver over the beautiful Berthoud Pass we arrived at Winter Park, and I checked into my room. The skiing at Winter […]

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Amazon River

Colombia Amazon River photo essay

The title Colombia Amazon River is a bit of a misnomer as most of the pictures in this essay were taken from the Yavari River; however, our base for departure was Leticia, Colombia. We were also not in Colombia for most of this journey. The Yavari River is the border between Brazil and Peru and […]

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