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 …

War Stories – Oatman, Arizona

Nothing prevents people from following their dreams moreso than fear. And in the interests of helping to motivate people like yourself to take the plunge, get out, and travel, I feel there is no more important message for me to convey than this: travel is not inherently dangerous. It is very unlikely that a crazed hitchhiker will butcher you like Read More …

Podcast Potpourri Post

As is my habit, I allowed several episodes of the Zero to Travel podcast to stack up in my queue before I departed on my road trip. There were a lot of interesting points raised, which triggered a lot of ancillary thoughts. Since these ideas come from multiple episodes, there’s not enough of an over-arching theme to tie them into Read More …

Distractions

I’ve managed to maintain a good mood now for about a week and a half. I got a boost from my most recent trip to Nicolet National Forest, and have been supplementing that boost with various distractions. The Forest Effect Last week Wednesday, Remy and I made a third trip up to Nicolet in two months. The night before, I Read More …

The Romanticism of the Road

No one can say with absolute certainty what the future holds in store for us. We can use our knowledge and experience to predict the future, but there is always a degree of uncertainty. Only time will tell if I have made the right decisions in quitting my job, selling my home, and getting rid of most of my stuff. Most Read More …

Voluntary Uncertainty and Growing Anxiety

As of today, only 28 days remain before I am officially retired. Three days later, I depart for my adventure across the continent. No longer can I think of this life-changing event as months away. Now I must think in terms of weeks and days. Not surprisingly (and predictably), the consequences of what I’m about to embark on weigh more Read More …

Travel Hazards and Dangers

Watch any movie or television show someone is about to embark on a great travel adventure and you will find the same old tired cliché: a mother bawling her eyes out at the airport because her little baby is going to die or get abducted. And of course, Hollywood is all too happy to stoke those fears with movies like Taken and Read More …