An Unlikely Hiker?

Challenging the image of an average hiker! “The switchbacks repeated themselves so many times I couldn’t tell what progress I’d made, but there it was, the last one before the crest…” I really identify with Bruso, who calls herself and “unlikely hiker”. In her 20s she was wholly uninterested in the outdoors. In the years…

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Cracker Barrel Overnight RV Parking

So…. last year when we went across the country we stopped at RV parks every night. Once we got to the west coast we found Harvest Hosts and used it to stop overnights at wineries. We also heard about overnight parking at Walmart and tried that on the way back to Louisiana from Washington State.…

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Ferrara WAS New York

During my trip a trusted Ferrarese told me about a graffiti artist in her city who spray-painted the phrase: Ferrara 500 anni fa era New York! It means ‘500 years ago Ferrara was New York”. So…. maybe not New York, but…. during the Renaissance Ferrara was a cultural and economic mecca. The 15th-century “Herculean Addition”, begun at…

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Montana Hi-Line: Highway 2 Across MT & ND

From Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs we traveled east on Hwy 2. After Hinsdale, MT look on left for dinosaur figure statues by Buck Samuelson. Next is Glasgow where you can get gas, fast food, or shop at Albertsons. Glasgow and west on Hwy 2 is called the Montana Hi-Line. Glasgow begins gentle rolling hill country. Wolf…

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Avenue of the Saints

Avenue of the Saints is a highway system that goes from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Saint Louis, Missouri. When we left the Chippewa National Forest from Walker, Minnesota we headed towards Waterloo, Iowa. We didn’t know if we would make it in one day of driving but in our haste to get back home to…

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Escape PTSD With Travel?

Escape? Well… maybe. Not escape, exactly, but just like literal medicine helps lessen or alleviate physical symptoms of an illness, travel can help with mental health. Just being outdoors among the trees (a Japanese public health practice called forest bathing or shinrin-yoku) has been shown to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress…

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Travelista Packing For A Month In Italy – Travel Tips and Packing List

Italy is SO beautiful and is a must for anyone inspired by art, food, or history. It’s where Romans ruled, Boticelli painted, and Da Vinci changed the way we see the world. It’s where Gucci, Ferrari, and Fiat originate. It’s the place that showed the rest of us what “la dolce vita” truly means. There are so…

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