Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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My good friend Francesca from Work Mom Travels nominated me for Travel Supermarket’s Capture the color 2013 thus showing her motherly side by giving birth to this post.  The way it works is travel bloggers post five pictures representing the five main colors: blue, green, red, white, and yellow and then write a little about each picture. At the end you nominate five other bloggers.

In a song Frank Sinatra once bellowed that he did it “My Way.” In true Frank Sinatra fashion, I am going to do this post my way and do capture the color and song to shake it up a bit and make it different from my 2012 contribution.

Blue River:

Blue river, it can’t be found on any map that I know
But it’s the place where lonely lovers all go
To cry their tears, blue river
It winds along a path of heartache and pain
Of broken dreams from lovin’ someone in vain
Like I loved you, and baby I still do

Blue River, Wisconsin is a small lazy river town along the Wisconsin River near Boscobel. We routinely camp just downstream from the Blue River Bridge.

Wisconsin River Blue River

The Wisconsin River near Blue River

Green River

I can hear the bullfrog callin’ me
Wonder if my rope’s still hangin’ to the tree
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water
Shoefly, dragonfly, get back to your mother
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River

With all the rain we have received across the United States this spring and summer there are many green rivers. Here is a picture from the beautiful Pine River in northern Wisconsin just below where it drains into the Menominee River.

Pine River Green River

The Pine River in northern Wisconsin is looking mighty Green as are a lot of rivers across the nation

Red skies at night

Red skies at night, red skies at night
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh, oh
Red skies at night, red skies at night
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh, oh

Since this post is published on a Sunday it is fitting to include a Sunset Sunday photo. This red sky at night comes from a camping trip in the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Red skies Porcupine Mountains

Red skies at night in the Porcupine Mountains

I am dreaming of a white Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

Last Christmas a beautiful snow storm dumped over a foot of heavy snow in southern Wisconsin in and around Milwaukee. When snow falls near Chicago, I will follow. I was up the day after Christmas for some skiing in Kettle Moraine State Forest in the Pike Lake Unit.

White Christmas

Pike Lake Unit Kettle Moraine is the scene of a White Christmas

Watch out where the huskies go don’t you eat that yellow snow

When snow blankets the region it makes getting water easier if you like to winter backpack. You just melt some snow. I backpacked the Black Hills a couple of years ago in winter and enjoyed easy access to water with over a foot on the ground. One caveat when melting snow as Frank Zappa once eloquently warned: watch out where the huskies go.

Yellow snow

Watch out where the huskies go, don’t you eat that yellow snow – Wikimedia Creative Commons

Black Hills South Dakota

A photo of my winter camping trip to the Black Hills – Finish on a beautiful note for those who might be pissed off from the picture above 🙂


I nominate the following:

Jason from Jasons Writings/travels

Jeff Titelius from the Euro Travelogue

Leigh from Hike Bike and Travel

Michael from Easy Hiker 101

Aaron from Adventures of Elatlboy

For those nominated, the song aspect is not required. You can do it your way.

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