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National Parks, North America, United States

A First Time Camper in America’s National Parks

Although I’m a city dweller, I’ve always been drawn to the wide-open spaces and peaceful beauty that can be found in America’s National Park Service sites. Last summer I planned a trip to two US National Parks, and decided to camp out as opposed to staying in a lodge or hotel. Although I was a first time camper in US National Parks it was easy, economical and fun way to experience the parks. Front-Country vs Back-Country Camping Most US National Park sites offer two types of camping facilities: front- and back-country campsites. A front-country site is in an organized campground […]

Destination

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse Memorial, located outside Custer, South Dakota, was designed to honor the memory of one of the greatest heroes of the Native American people who inhabit the Great Plains. Unlike its nearby (and better known) rival Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a privately-funded and owned site. If you’re in or near South Dakota, the Memorial is definitely worth a quick visit. In this post I’ll share a bit on the Memorial’s history and construction, inform you of some details on planning a visit, and (hopefully) inspire you with some of my favorite photos of the place. […]

Africa, Destination, Travel and Transit

Planning A Trip to Africa

Planning and taking a trip to Africa is a “bucket list” item for a lot of people (myself included!)…but it’s not like flying to Florida or driving to Detroit! I was finally able to fulfill a life dream when my wife and I visited Kenya and Tanzania for last year nine days. I’ve written some about our trip (more posts coming!)…but I’ve also gotten a lot of questions about the process of planning a trip. Many people have said they don’t know where to start – so I decided to provide some advice based on our planning process. Planning Your […]

City Guide

Touring Chicago On Foot: The Loop

Chicago: A Tourist Favorite Earlier this year TripAdvisor named Chicago the 4th most popular tourist destination in the US. Their review of the city states that it is a “…cornucopia of modern art, fine dining, cutting edge comedy, and die-hard sports fans.” A visitor or resident could spend months or even years exploring all of Chicago’s 77 distinct communities. Touring Chicago on foot is easy, inexpensive and fun!