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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.



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 […]

Cross-country skiing in South Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin

Adventure travel and escape your other life

Adventure travel is a great way to escape your other life.  There is a scene in the movie Avatar when Jake Sully soliloquizes about his current situation.  He opines that the life he lives in his avatar body seems like the real life and his real life seems like the fake one. With the increasing […]

Photo taken moments after purchasing my guitar strap

Adventure travel souvenirs that work

One of the most fun parts of travel is finding the perfect souvenir.  The souvenir aspect of travel is enjoyable twice.  It is great to look for the perfect keepsake on vacation, and then it is nice to place it in your room and remember the great memories from travel.  Runaway Juno describes how souvenirs […]