Quit Telling Me to “Be Safe”

I was sitting at a table a while back, talking about travel with friends and a couple of people I didn’t know. At one point, I mentioned that I had traveled around Guatemala a few years ago. One of the newcomers quickly asked: “Is it safe?” She didn’t ask: “What is there to do in

By | 2017-11-26T17:02:05+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Features|6 Comments

Growing Small Economies in Dubuque

One of the things I like about traveling is getting to try new things. One of the joys of revisiting familiar places is gauging how much has changed. Dubuque is one of the places that has changed quite a bit. I first visited Dubuque in 2007. In the decade since, the Hotel Julien has been

By | 2017-08-29T15:42:44+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Paddling on the Mississippi River: 26 Water Trails from Easy to Challenging

Maybe you're like most people in that you enjoy paddling, but you stick to lakes and small rivers. Maybe, though, you're ready for a new experience. Maybe you're ready to join the growing number of paddlers who are discovering the pleasure of taking their canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) on the Mississippi and other

By | 2017-10-04T12:12:20+00:00 June 28th, 2017|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Headwaters Guide Excerpt)

To mark the recent release of my fourth Mississippi Valley Traveler guide--the Headwaters Region Guide--here's an excerpt about one of the region's larger-than-life characters, Paul Bunyan. You might be surprised by a few things. And don't forget to check out the photos of Paul and Babe at the end of the post. They get around. To buy a copy

By | 2016-10-21T15:27:57+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

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