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  • In the Home of the Blues: The Mississippi Blues Trail

    From juke joints to museums and historical sites, a self-guided drive along the Mississippi Blues Trail is a celebration of the music and its place in history. Everything has an origin story. For the blues, the story starts in the Mississippi Delta. The various song forms first heard in the spirituals and fieldworkers’ chants common […]

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  • Exploring Isle Royale National Park, “The Good Place”

    Minnesota’s North Shore All-American Scenic Drive leads to a prime wilderness experience. “Welcome to McCargoe Cove,” announces the ferry captain of the Voyageur II. Two deckhands leap into action, dropping fenders and tying off dock lines to secure the 65-foot vessel that brought us from Grand Portage, Minnesota, to the north shore of Isle Royale […]

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  • Vote Earth

    Vote Earth

    On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions responsible for climate change. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the EPA doesn’t have the authority to utilize the Clean Air Act to limit power plant pollution. This decision threatens our climate, […]

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  • Top 5 reasons to drive Minnesota’s North Shore All-American Scenic Drive

    If you know me, you know that I love a good road trip. Writing about the North Shore All-American Scenic Drive for Travelocity was the cherry on top. For as short as this drive is, it sure did pack a lot of fun. So, if you’ve been looking to take a family road trip this […]

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  • 7 of America’s most unique state parks

    My latest story for Orbitz is out so state park lovers take note! From the land of giants and bison herds to retro fun, shipwrecks, and desert art, here are 7 of America’s best and most unique State Parks. 7 of America’s most unique state parks

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  • 6 hippest small towns to get off-grid

    Small towns. They’re out there. Little road trip gems offering slower-paced escapes. We’re talking about those artsy and hip, good vibes, tasty bites, and intriguing things to do type small towns—the ones far enough from city life to make you feel off-grid and relaxed, but with enough to do to ensure a memorable trip. Ready […]

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  • Bird’s Eye View of Steamer Lane

    Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California, offers good swells and a perfect vantage point from above for photographers and students of surfing. Last September, I was fortunate enough to drive from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California, hugging the spectacular coastline along both Highway 101 and 1, a.k.a, the mighty Pacific Coast Highway. I even […]

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  • Legacy and Tradition in Paso Robles

    A few sips of Pierini Family wine and a visit with winemaker Jan Pierini shows how embracing family legacy and a minimalist approach makes her one of the best in Paso Robles. Jan Pierini’s eyes sparkled to life as she walked down a well-manicured corridor of vines, talking to them in a soft, motherly tone. […]

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  • 4 Reasons Why I’ll Choose Paradise Bay Resort Again

    This luxury boutique hotel is located on the tropical windward coast of Oahu. Picking the right hotel when on vacation is essential. For my wife and I, the hotel must be able to check off certain boxes when it comes to things like a good breakfast, comfortable rooms, proximity to restaurants and the option of […]

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  • Three Hours in St. Augustine

    December is one of the coldest months to visit Florida and the weather can change seemingly every 20 minutes. It’ll be sunny and clear, then the dark clouds will drift over, rain will fall, then it’ll be sunny, then one more time, the rain will fall, this time as a heavy downpour. I’ll take it […]

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