Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

We recommended the movie 180° South to a couple friends the other day … and now they’re considering an extended trip and maybe even a drastic lifestyle change.  We couldn’t be happier for them — if they move someplace exotic, it’s one more fun place for …

We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.

We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.

Edward Abbey is one of our favorite wilderness authors.  He said this in Desert Solitaire: We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there. — Edward Abbey His …

We Can Just Watch The Sky All Day

We Can Just Watch The Sky All Day

It’s spring in Chicago which means storms, clouds, and dramatic skies.  Lisa made the comment that on our trip, we could watch the sky all day.  It’ll be wonderful. The day after our wedding, we headed to hill and watched the clouds fly by.  It …

The Commute As Travel

The Commute As Travel

It’s been rough.  We’re slowly getting ready to go, but we still don’t have a departure date set.  Mentally, that’s difficult, because it feels like it’ll never happen.  I’m coping by thinking of my daily commute as a mini trip.  And thanks to not having …

Why We’re Taking the Alaska Marine Highway in Four Photos

Why We’re Taking the Alaska Marine Highway in Four Photos

NYT’s In Transit blog reports that the Alaska Ferry will now get us within 60 miles of Anchorage.  $547 for the fare (at its cheapest) plus $130 for a two-berth room.  We’ll do this either on the north leg or the south leg.  And here’s …

Why We’re Going to Big Bend National Park in Four Photos

Why We’re Going to Big Bend National Park in Four Photos

Big Bend National Park is one of the least-visited national parks.  All the more reason to visit.  And for views like these: photo credit: sean_mcgee photo credit: sean_mcgee photo credit: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker photo credit: Tycho Moon

Travel Nirvana

Travel Nirvana

Last night I was trying to explain a concept to Paul that he ended up deeming Travel Nirvana – even though he didn’t completely understand it. Travel Nirvana is about expectations. But it’s also about a personal connection with a place. Because a personal connection …

I’ve Always Wanted To Do That

I’ve Always Wanted To Do That

We’re slowly starting to share our plans.  The universal reply so far has been: “I’ve always wanted to do that.”  There’s usually a bit of silence then, followed quickly by a recommendation, tip, or travel idea … or all three.   Here’s what we’ve heard …

Here’s To Now

Here’s To Now

It’s time for now.  Time to see things.  Time to watch things.  Time to go :::::: places.  We’ll see you shortly. Here’s to now! This song is from the movie 180° South — a great documentary about a Patagonian adventure.  Outside Magazine remarked: “It will …

The Beginning

The Beginning

One Sunday afternoon we’re sitting at a table in the window of Wilde in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. As usual, we’re feeling down on our corporate jobs and the prospect of another dull and unchallenging week. Suddenly Paul says, “Let’s take off for a …