ecological travel

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 […]

Scratch Built Models at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show

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The first weekend of February each year I look forward with anticipation to seeing old friends, and making new ones at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show.  This toy show offers something special, a chance to see scratch built toys from some of the best modelers in the country.  This year I enjoyed seeing an old […]