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While I am traveling I won’t be producing my regular content of travel guides, travel advice articles, and travel photography how-to pieces, but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop bringing you content.  Instead, while I travel I am going to provide you with journal updates on how my trip is going, what adventures I am taking part in, and what new experiences I am having.

I will be able to share my experiences with you as they happen, while they are fresh in m my mind, which has worked so well so far.  I even find myself looking back at these entries as I write my travel guides to remember just what I was experiencing when I was visiting certain places or on certain adventures.  I hope you get as much enjoyment out of reading these entries as I get out of writing them.

Exploring the North Shore

Exploring the North Shore

On my way to the Apostle Islands yesterday, I made a stop in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. To call this state park gorgeous would be a significant understatement, and that is coming from an avid national parks enthusiast.
Heading to the Apostle Islands

Heading to the Apostle Islands

My trip to the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin is officially underway. After a five hour drive this evening, I arrived at Lake Superior just in time to get some great sunset shots. The whole coast of the lake is absolutely beautiful, but the trick is finding a stretch of coast that lines up right with where the sun will be rising or setting.
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Northern Lights May Be Visible As Far South As Chicago This Weekend

Northern Lights May Be Visible As Far South As Chicago This Weekend


If you have always wanted to see the Northern Lights, but you haven't had the opportunity, this weekend you might be in luck.  The best part is, you might not have to go anywhere to see them.  According to NASA, a solar storm is set to hit the Earth this weekend and it may give those of us who live further South the best chance to see them in a long time.
Indiana Dunes – America’s 61st National Park

Indiana Dunes – America’s 61st National Park

The month of February has brought some very big news for the national parks system in the United States.  This month, the United States National Parks Service announced the addition of a new national park.  The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has officially been designated as America's 61st national park.  This is great news for all of those who love beautiful places and want to see those places preserved.
Travel Journal (2/16/2019):  Door County Getaway

Travel Journal (2/16/2019): Door County Getaway

The conditions were almost perfect this weekend for some spectacular sunsets up North in Door County, Wisconsin, so I decided to take an impromptu road trip this weekend.

If you aren't familiar with Wisconsin, Door County is the peninsula that extends into Lake Michigan to the North of the city of Green Bay. My destination was my favorite state park on Door County, if not all of Wisconsin, Peninsula State Park. I included a map below so that you can see exactly where I headed.
Travel Journal (1/31/2019): Joshua Tree National Park

Travel Journal (1/31/2019): Joshua Tree National Park

Today we headed Southeast of Santa Barbara, California to visit a national park that I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. Not only does Joshua Tree National Park share my name, but it is also one of the most underrated parks in the Western United States.
Travel Journal (1/30/2019):  Sunsets and Seal Rescues

Travel Journal (1/30/2019): Sunsets and Seal Rescues

I made it into Los Angeles last night, and the difference in weather was quite welcome. It's amazing what feels warm to you when you are coming from -26 temperatures.

Nick lives in Santa Barbara, which is roughly two hours North of Los Angeles. If you are able to time your drive to miss the Los Angeles traffic it is actually a fairly easy drive.
Cali Here I Come!

Cali Here I Come!

Seeing as though the temperatures in Milwaukee this week could not be more frigid (with the estimated low temperature tonight to be -56 degrees below zero with wind chill), my trip to see my brother Nick in Santa Barbara could not have come at a better time.
Travel Journal (9/28/2018): Having a Blast on Broadway

Travel Journal (9/28/2018): Having a Blast on Broadway

Today we really got to explore Broadway, which was a ton of fun. We checked out the bar and restaurants of Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryant, and Jason Aldean. I was amazed at how much live music is playing in these bars. Below are just some of the pictures I took that show what a fun atmosphere Broadway in Nashville is.
Travel Journal (9/27/2018):  Golf and Nashville’s Gulch Neighborhood

Travel Journal (9/27/2018): Golf and Nashville’s Gulch Neighborhood

Once we were ready to hit the town, we started our adventure in the neighborhood known as the Gulch. In case you aren’t familiar with this neighborhood, it is the art district of Nashville, much like the Uptown area of Minneapolis, the Soho area of New York, or the East side of Milwaukee.
Travel Journal (9/26/2018):  Nashville Here We Come!

Travel Journal (9/26/2018): Nashville Here We Come!

It's time to hit the road again!  Tonight I will be flying to Nashville for my next round of adventures.  I am really excited about this trip as I have wanted to explore Nashville for quite some time.  It is such an underrated travel destination in the United States.
Travel Journal (9/12/2018): Back to Santa Cruz Island

Travel Journal (9/12/2018): Back to Santa Cruz Island

We have had some incredible luck with weather on this trip, but today that luck ran out to an extent. We were scheduled to begin our tours at 8am this morning, with stops at the Charles Darwin Research Center in the morning and trips to the Santa Cruz highlands and a snorkeling adventure in the afternoon.
Travel Journal (9/11/2018):  Last Day on Isabela Island

Travel Journal (9/11/2018): Last Day on Isabela Island

Today was our last day on Isabella Island, and we certainly made the most of the day. Today was the only day on this trip so far where we were allowed to sleep in a bit. Our tour guide was scheduled to pick us up from our hotel at 11:00am, so we had some time to relax first thing in the morning.
Travel Journal (9/10/2018):  Sea Turtles and Tortoises

Travel Journal (9/10/2018): Sea Turtles and Tortoises

Days like today are exactly what we had in mind when we booked our trip to the Galápagos Islands. Swimming with some of this islands most iconic animals was an absolute joy and an experience that none of us will soon forget. Same can be said of visiting the Giant Tortoises the Galápagos Islands are known for. Seeing these gentle giants is an experience that will stick with us forever.
Travel Journal (9/9/2018):  Volcanos and Snorkeling

Travel Journal (9/9/2018): Volcanos and Snorkeling

Today was our first full day in the Galapagos Islands, and it was sort of a mixed bag of good and not so good.  Our plan for the day was to hike up to see the Sierra Negra volcano, which is still active, in the morning and then spend the afternoon snorkeling in Concha Perla.
Travel Journal (9/8/2018): Arriving in the Galápagos

Travel Journal (9/8/2018): Arriving in the Galápagos

We spent the afternoon exploring Puerto Ayora, which was very neat. They had some really cool shops to explore and some nice restaurants to eat at. We ate lunch at a little restaurant and then did some shopping and took some pictures. We got to see a lady cleaning some freshly caught fish and a sea lion waiting beside here ready to gobble up the scraps. That was really neat to see.
Travel Journal (9/7/2018):  Heading to Ecuador

Travel Journal (9/7/2018): Heading to Ecuador

Well, we made it this long without any travel issues, but today our luck ran out.  We didn't hit any major snags, but today was a lot more eventful than any of our other travel days thus far. Luckily, the airline we chose to fly is fantastic and made what could have been a very stressful day just eventful.
Travel Journal (9/6/2018):  Our Machu Picchu Adventure

Travel Journal (9/6/2018): Our Machu Picchu Adventure

The past few days have been one of the most amazing adventures I have had traveling.  I would say it ranks right up there with our safari adventures in Tanzania.  I don’t think I can find the words that accurately reflect how amazing Peru has been.

The city of Cusco is now one of my favorite cities I have visited.  It is such an amazing city.   After spending the day exploring the city, which I wrote about in yesterday’s journal entry, we got up very early today to begin our adventure of exploring Machu Picchu.
Travel Journal (9/5/2018):  Adventures in Cusco, Peru

Travel Journal (9/5/2018): Adventures in Cusco, Peru

My favorite place we visited was undoubtedly the Plaza de Armas. The Plaza was absolutely stunning, with beautiful flowers, trees, and walking paths crossing thru the center of the plaza. There is also a lot of great things to see surrounding the plaza. With the Cathedral on one side of the plaza, the Compana de Jesus on another, there is no shortage of beautiful sights no matter where you look.
Travel Journal (9/4/2018):  Exploring Lima, Peru

Travel Journal (9/4/2018): Exploring Lima, Peru

After taking some time to explore the coast, and do a little bit of shopping along the way, we saw some some people paragliding and decided to give it a shot. I thought the views of the city and the coastline were spectacular from the ground, but those views were nothing compared to what we saw from the air. If you have never gone paragliding before, I would strongly suggest you give it a try. It is such an amazing feeling to have the wind grab you and just lift you off the ground and into the sky.
Travel Journal (9/2/2018):  Peru and Ecuador – Here We Come!

Travel Journal (9/2/2018): Peru and Ecuador – Here We Come!

We depart for Peru and Ecuador tomorrow and I wanted to give you all a quick update and let you know that I will be posting journal entries throughout the trip, then will be writing comprehensive visitor guides and posting videos when we return.  I am beyond excited about this trip and cannot wait to share this adventure with you!

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