ecological travel

Cracker Trail Museum and Nature Preserve in Pioneer Park

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Jane and Beth Elliott and I were in a hurry when we stopped at the Cracker Trail Museum in Zolfo Springs, Florida. On our way to the beautiful Ringling Mansion and Museums in Sebring, the stop was on the way and we wanted to see all there was to see while in the area. Midwesterners […]

Dining in an Amish Home, a great experience

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I grew up in central Illinois just a few hours from the Arthur, Arcola area where many Amish families live, farm and work.  The countryside is beautiful and a drive in spring sometimes even offers a chance to see planting with Belgian horses and farm equipment. On the back roads you will often pass an Amish […]

Emergency Services keep us safe while on the road.

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While on the road it is nice to know that there are emergency crews available that have our backs.  For Keith and  we often travel to rural areas and in northern Illinois there is a medevac helicopter dedicated to those less traveled areas along the I-80 corridor and beyond.  I had the opportunity to interview […]


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Earlier in 2016 I had the joy of staying at the Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, Iowa. While in this lovely place on a press trip with the Midwest Travel Writers, I found out that Lorraine Winterink, besides owning the Red Cedar Lodge along with her husband, also comes from an entrepreneurial family. Lorraine […]

A new way to travel - Going Local: Experiences and Encounters On the Road

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Nicholas Kontis is an avid traveler that shares his time in between travels at his four home bases of San Francisco, The Napa Valley, Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Born in Santorini, Greece, Nicholas grew up traveling between Greece and San Francisco. I met Nicholas at one of the North American Travel Journalist’s conferences […]