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Day 56: Exploration for Independence Day

Day 56: Exploration for Independence Day America was “discovered” during the era of exploration. Western civilization had become fascinated with finding the last frontier. While the Fourth of July is meant to be a holiday to celebrate our independence as a country it seemed fitting to spend my holiday in one of the last frontiers: A cave. There are few places...more
July 4th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 55: Deep into the Earth and Towering High into the Sky

Day 55: Deep into the Earth and Towering High into the Sky

Balance is important in your day to day life. One has to enjoy both the warm sunshine and the starry nights to have a complete day. Life is never about choosing left, right or even straight but rather to chose a mix of the three until you find that perfect place.

Today...more

July 3rd, 2011 | No Comments

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters Today was going to be a detour from the carefully planned itinerary I had developed for this trip. It has been over 50 days since I started this journey and there is one important thing to understand about road trips: The plan is secondary to the journey. If you take a vacation your agenda should...more
June 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave Day 49: Mount St. Helens National Park & Ape Cave There are a few different types of travelers out there one can embody. One can be the careful traveler, someone who sticks to the main roads and a strict agenda. Reading all of the signs and going only to those places known for tourism this traveler...more
June 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State Did you know that Washington has high desert plains? It has plateaus and mountains, rivers and lakes, snowy peaks and great big canyons? I always thought of Washington as the green state- eternally covered from top to bottom in green plants. There is a lot more to Washington than I thought. I had planned on visiting...more
June 22nd, 2011 | No Comments

Day 38: Custer State Park & Jewel Cave, South Dakota

Day 38: Custer State Park & Jewel Cave, South Dakota There are some experiences in your lifetime you can only have once- the first experiences. The moment when you realize those little post cards with the turquoise blue water isn't computer enchanced- it actually exists. Custer, South Dakota is that first point in your travels West along I-90 where you start to see those beautiful...more
June 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 36: Niagara Cave and Blue Mounds Campground (Minnesota)

Day 36: Niagara Cave and Blue Mounds Campground (Minnesota) Blasting past traditional expectations, there have been many things that have excelled not because they met up with typical standards, but because they found other ways to excell. When Las Vegas was dragging by catering only to the gamblers, they opened their services up to be family friendly. When Dodge fell behind in the sports...more
June 14th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 35: Cave of the Mounds and Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin

Day 35: Cave of the Mounds and Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin It wasn't a long drive into Wisconsin, but I could already detect the change in dialect. When I bought my groceries I was no longer offered a "Bag" I was offered a "Beg", and the word tomorrow had an unusual accent on the second "o" that I wasn't used to. Yep, I was in dairy...more
June 12th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 34: Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque, IA

Day 34: Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque, IA I had spent all of Yesterday (the official Day 34) driving so that I could get to Dubuque, IA to see Crystal Lake Cave. By the time I had arrived it was too late to tour the cave, and I was too exhausted to set up camp for the night, so I camped at a...more
June 11th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 27: Mammoth Cave National Park, The Grand Avenue Tour

Day 27: Mammoth Cave National Park, The Grand Avenue Tour The damp, earthy smell. The cool, slow moving air. The lights struggling, and failing, to reach into all corners of this limestone underworld. Caves are familiar territory, it feels like home. The tour guide giving the stereotypical "Do Not Touch" speech, the explanation of the twilight zone, a touch rock to "get it out of...more
June 4th, 2011 | No Comments