Random Travel Photo of the Week: Rome Skyline from Altare della Patria

The view of the skyline of Rome from the Altare della Patria. Photo by Charish Badzinski. The monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Altare della Patria, towers over the city of Rome, Italy. The building itself has been much maligned; locals call it “the typewriter” and “the wedding cake,” without affection. Built in … More Random Travel Photo of the Week: Rome Skyline from Altare della Patria

Reforestation Efforts Begin Today in the Shoshone National Forest

On a relaxed Saturday, Jason Brey, silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service, enjoys a walk overthe Sweetwater Bridge in Shoshone National Forest with his sons. Photo by Charish Badzinski. In our travels, many of us take trees for granted. Yet behind the seemingly effortless regrowth of trees is an army of dedicated workers who strive … More Reforestation Efforts Begin Today in the Shoshone National Forest

Thank You for Holding the Door: Reflections on Traveling with Disabilities

Chances are, you have at one point held the door for someone. Maybe it was my Dad. I just wanted to say thank you. He and Rollerbag Mom and I just finished their biannual grand migration. Dad doesn’t drive, so the responsibility falls upon Mom. I had hoped to help her with the long journey … More Thank You for Holding the Door: Reflections on Traveling with Disabilities

Mini Vacay: Shoshone River Canyon and Buffalo Bill Dam

 The North Fork, which splits off from the Shoshone River and flows to the east entranceof Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Charish Badzinski. You’ll want to turn down the volume for this video. Here we take a scenic three minute drive through Shoshone River Canyon, west of Cody, Wyoming. Our drive includes some stunning geography, … More Mini Vacay: Shoshone River Canyon and Buffalo Bill Dam

Random Travel Photo of the Week: World’s Largest Buffalo, Jamestown, North Dakota

The World’s Largest Buffalo, located in Jamestown, North Dakota.Photo by Charish Badzinski. If you’ve ever driven the long, mind-numbingly straight stretch of I-94 through North Dakota, you may have spied this sweet roadside oddity: the World’s Largest Buffalo, located in Jamestown, North Dakota. If you are making that drive it’s worthwhile to stretch your legs … More Random Travel Photo of the Week: World’s Largest Buffalo, Jamestown, North Dakota

Destination: Alaska – Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun

It’s bigger than the combined area of the 23 smallest U.S. states and districts. It has almost 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  Each resident could have more than a mile of the state to themselves, as it is the least densely populated of the 50 states. With 24 hour sunlight, the flowers grow as big … More Destination: Alaska – Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Random Travel Photo of the Week: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

A worker shows off the crab for sale at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California.Photo by Charish Badzinski. At Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, tourists can enjoy fresh seafood from open-air stands, including lobster rolls and freshly-prepared crab, like those pictured here. Wading through the throngs to get your seafood may not be easy, but … More Random Travel Photo of the Week: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

Can This Vacation Be Saved? Travel and Foodies versus Food Camels

For some of us, travel is an excuse to consume great food, the world over. One of several bottles of bubbly I enjoyed with like-minded foodies onefateful night at Les Halles. Photo by Charish Badzinski. A starter of beet salad with goat cheese at Les Halles.Photo by Charish Badzinski. I once met up with Wisconsin … More Can This Vacation Be Saved? Travel and Foodies versus Food Camels