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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.

Custer State Park South Dakota

Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road scenic drive

In the shadows of the Black Hills, visitors can find another delightful South Dakota outdoor area.  Located only a few miles from Mount Rushmore lies Custer State Park.  The highlight for any visitor is the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road where buffalo, pronghorn, deer, elk, prairie dogs, hawks, and coyotes roam the plains.  Buffalo are the […]

Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan

Trail blaze your own trail: adventure travel through real cross-country skiing

Is cross-country skiing really cross country? Cross-country skiing is a sport that sounds more adventurous than it really is.  The term cross-country implies overland skiing without trails.  Those unfamiliar with the sport probably imagine skiers who trek over snow drifts and through the woods when they think about the activity. Although this is possible, it […]


Adventure travel and keep an open mind to meet extraordinary people

Adventure travel is a great way to meet extraordinary people. There is a scene in the movie Babel, which reminds me of some of my experiences adventure traveling in Southeast Asia.  The character played by Cate Blanchett was accidentally shot in the Moroccan Desert far from any type of medical facilities.  There is a young […]

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park Sage Creek Basin

According to the Badlands National Park website, the average visitor to this South Dakota park spends 1-2 hours here. This means that most visitors drive the 26 mile pave scenic drive, stop at a few overlooks, snap a few pictures, and then move on to Mt. Rushmore or the Black Hills. I spent five hours […]