About Me

Travel has been a passion as long as I can remember. I have unique tastes in travel – I love the outdoors and adventure travel, but love to end a rugged dirty trip at a nice hotel, preferably with a spa and some room service! For this reason, a lot of my travel is solo.  I have friends who love luxury hotels and friends who love camping, but rarely both! Backpackers are notoriously frugal – after a week trip on Isle Royale, over half the group opted not to spend $6 for a shower, so a 5-star hotel and spa day is definitely out of the question with that crowd! I also love exploring dog-friendly destinations with my rescued Airedale Terrier, Bailey.

My travels have taken me to 49 states (someday, Rhode Island!), 32 U.S. National Parks and 11 countries.

After nearly 12 years in Chicago, Bailey and I set out on a 10,000-mile, 6-month road trip through the Western United States and Baja Mexico in August of 2017. Subscribe to my weekly email updates to follow our quest to find the best dog-friendly destinations!

I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about what I jokingly call my mid-life crisis trip.

View from Triangle Pass

Bailey in the Colorado Maroon Bells, 2013

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’ve always said we should retire young while healthy and able to enjoy and work when we are old. Not great for production goals but it would be great for our atitudes! I will look forward to all your updates and many of us will be living vicariously through you! ♥♥ Safe travels!

  2. Good morning camper!
    I just wanted to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY from afar. I’m really glad I got to see you and your mom during your brief pit stop “home”.
    I love that you’re living your dream, my old friend. I wish you safe travels and the best in life always.

    • Thanks! It was so good to run into you as well – hope to see you again before another 20 years passes 🙂

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