The Stars at Night

I’ve just returned from yet another trip to my favorite campsite in Nicolet National Forest. It was likely my final visit to the campsite as I prepare to move far away from Wisconsin. Part of me will miss hiking around in that forest and swimming in Butternut Lake. But part of me will not miss it. Final Visit? Even if Read More …

The Trouble with Proving the Paranormal and Supernatural

As a professional haunter and horror enthusiast, I like to include creepy and allegedly haunted destinations in my travels whenever possible. Some recent examples include Black Horse Lake in Montana (allegedly haunted by a hitchhiker), Bowlin’s “The Thing”, a number of ghost towns and abandoned buildings (most recently including a tour of an abandoned sanitarium at night), and other various Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Urban Exploration

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Legal & Human Dangers of Urban Exploration It is virtually impossible to do urban exploration without trespassing. Except (perhaps) in the far reaches of the polar regions or some flyspeck of an island in the Pacific Ocean, there aren’t too Read More …

Urbex – Dakota Ghost Towns and Abandoned Buildings

I spent last week driving around North and South Dakota, checking out abandoned buildings in ghost towns. This was a quintessential “gothic nomad” trip insofar as that moniker is concerned. The only way a trip could be more representative of that name is if I was touring medieval castles in eastern Europe. (And that trip will happen soon enough…) This Read More …

A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment Read More …

Asking the Right Questions

I’ve had a minor breakthrough today in my efforts to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have answers yet. But I may have removed (or reduced to rubble) an obstacle in my thought process. I’m cautiously optimistic that with a few more days of contemplation, I might finally have some answers. Even though Read More …