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 … Continue reading Top 5 reasons to drive Minnesota’s North Shore All-American Scenic Drive

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 Badlands American Bison Bull (Bison bison)

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 … Continue reading 6 hippest small towns to get off-grid

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 … Continue reading Bird’s Eye View of Steamer Lane

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. … Continue reading Legacy and Tradition in Paso Robles

“You Can Call Me Zoomer.” The Story Behind the Image

  Back in 2012 during a road trip to the East Coast, I came upon a unique art installation along the side of Highway 171 just south of Pittsburgh, Kansas. As I pulled the car over and got out to take a few pictures, a lady approached from the shadowed porch of a small white house. The … Continue reading “You Can Call Me Zoomer.” The Story Behind the Image

Sun Sand and Surf: Why You Must Chow Down at Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ

I'm usually quite content with an ice-cold Corona, the warm sun overhead, and a nice view of the ocean right in front of me. Add some tasty barbecue to that and it's just a little slice of heaven, which is exactly what I got at Crabby Chris Beachside Barbecue and Sweets. Well, after waiting three … Continue reading Sun Sand and Surf: Why You Must Chow Down at Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ

Up For A Quick Hike in Colorado?

Colorado is an outdoor junkie paradise for those who like to lace up the old shoes, throw a pack over their shoulders and head to the trails for a day of adventure. In fact, there are more than 5,600 miles of trails all over the state, some more popular than others. But if you’re looking … Continue reading Up For A Quick Hike in Colorado?