So are you tempted to go to Ljubljana now too? By the merest mention of its loveliness are you swayed to book a flight and give it a go? If the answers are a resounding yes! Then read on. If you’re more like “meh…” then get out of my sight. Just the facts about Ljubljana:… Read More Ljubljana: Just the Facts Ma’am
The world is big and deciding where to go for people who want to see it all is tricky. My annual trip back to Italy is a given, but in my lazy hours of perusing google flights and airbnb I can get the itch to go almost anywhere. But I had been thinking about Slovenia… Read More Deciding to Go to a Place: Slovenia??!! Edition
So, I tried to be internet fancy and have a bigger! deal! blog! And then two job changes happened and moving and other garbage and life and blah, blah, blah nobody cares when a writer apologizes for being away for awhile. But I miss writing snarkily about the places I’ve been. And I’ve been to some… Read More Stepping Back/Coming Home/Overly Trite Something Else Here
I’ve touched on this subject before, but I feel compelled to write about it again, because it drives me INSANE the way “women” travelers (always “women” travelers, never just travelers) are discussed in the American media, even by reputable sources that I like. Context: I’m a subscriber to National Geographic and therefore get eleventy-billion emails… Read More On Women Traveling Alone, or why every other article about this topic is TERRIBLE.
So, unlike all my other posts in Museum Month, this one isn’t going to be about a museum, but rather about the best, worst, scariest, and most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Today, November 21 is the one-year anniversary of my kidney donor surgery. Not exactly a fun travel story and it still leaves me… Read More A Different Kind of Trip; an Anniversary
Luckily when you go west you usually have to go back east again. So that means we went through the Badlands a second time on the road back home. Enjoy these parting shots of ridiculous colors and the brightest, bleakest earth. Because the Badlands are truly beautiful.
While much of the Black Hills are pretty, with rolling hills and lots of trees and bison herds! there are large swathes of it that you wouldn’t exactly call dramatic in the Rockies or Alps sense of mountain-y drama. But Sylvan Lake (Custer State Park again, good job guys!) and Needles Highway are spectacular, full… Read More The Startling Drama of the Black Hills Scenery
National Parks are great, State Parks are great and herds of bison are INCREDIBLE. Custer State Park is one of the prettiest areas of the Black Hills in South Dakota and we were lucky enough–moments after entering the park–to see the bison herd. Really, watching a huge male buffalo wallowing in the dirt is crazy.
My appreciation for caves has been documented here before. And, as you might recall, I prefer my nature with a side of clean bathrooms and a cafe. Luckily in western South Dakota there is lots of nature, most of which has decent bathrooms. One such place is Wind Cave, a deep, dark, cave that has… Read More Wind Cave: or why I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.
The Badlands are like the moon, they’re like mars, they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen. That’s what you hear about the Badlands before going. Turns out, it’s true. All of a sudden you’re driving through high prairie and then there’s this: and your mind is totally blown. Because it’s quiet and windy and the colors are so… Read More The Badlands are Breathtaking, with 100% more Snakes!