My posse stopped along a self-guided tour for a photo op at Lincoln’s Memorial

Washington, DC Monument and Memorial Bike Riding

First published on RootsRated.com Nearly 20 million people travel to Washington, DC from all over the world each year, and for most, a visit to the capital monuments is the ...

Biker stays right where the Capital Crescent Trail splits from the C&O Canal and reaches Great Falls, Virginia

Run, Ride, Paddle — Washington, DC Multi-Sport

First published on RootsRated.com Here’s to the hardcore adventure fiends who don’t want to stick to just one sport a day. If you love to mix it up and have ...

A typical summer day on Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: lots of sunning. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

5 Day Trips in 5 States Near Washington, DC

First published on RootsRated.com Washington DC’s central location in the mid-Atlantic makes it a perfect jumping off point to many awesome day trips in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West ...

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New Orleans: Two Days in The French Quarter

One can learn a lot about a place in a short period ...
A perfect rainbow over Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia

South Georgia Island – The Land That Time Forgot

I started writing this article and found myself discussing the general history ...
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South Georgia Island – The Basics

Of all of the places I’ve ever traveled to, South Georgia is ...
Hoisting a National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions flag on the Antarctic continent with explorer Peter Hillary — life can be surreal. (Credit: Jonathan Irish)

Explorer Peter Hillary, The Earthquake in Nepal, and a Moment in Antarctica

This is me goofing off with explorer Peter Hillary — hoisting a ...
Travelers on a zodiac boat exploring the South Shetland Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic on the Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands adventure

Antarctica — Land of Sea and Ice

On February 24, 2015, I posted this to social media: “I’m leaving ...
What to wear on a polar expedition? Layers!

What to Wear on a Polar Expedition

I laugh a little now when I look at this picture to ...

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish | http://www.jonathanirish.com)

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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What to Read While on the Road: The Best Books About Travel and Adventure

What to Read While on the Road: Great Books About Travel and Adventure

Last updated: May 12, 2015 . Into The Wild (John Krakauer) – Love the book? The movie is awesome too. Into Thin Air (John Krakauer) – The book is better than the movie. Miracle in the Andes (Nando Parrado) Rum Diaries (Hunter S. Thompson) – Don’t see the movie, just read the book. On The […]

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76 Movies About Travel and Adventure

(Last updated May 12, 2015 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the most […]

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Review: Vickers Brothers Whisky; South Carolina Backwoods Recipe

First published on WorldwideDelicacies.com I usually squeeze one drop of juice direct from an orange slice into any glass of whisky to soften the hard edge. Hey, that’s just how I like my whisky. I was reviewing Vickers Brothers South Carolina Backwoods Recipe so I tried it unadulterated, and it didn’t need that drop. It’s almost as if […]

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DC bike commuter rides toward the U.S. Capitol Building on Pennsylvania Avenue (Credit: Stefanie Payne)

Washington Bike to Work Day is May 15th!

“I ride because it takes the public out of public transportation.” “I ride because it’s cheaper than owning a car.” “I ride because it helps me get my daily exercise in without having to deal with the gym.” “I ride because I do my best thinking on a bike.” “I ride because I want to do my […]

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DC's Jazz in the Garden: Friday Nights, May 22 through August, 2015

Washington, DC’s Annual ‘Jazz in the Garden’

What: Jazz in the Garden When: Friday Nights, May 22 through August, 2015 Where: National Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC DC’s annual Jazz in the Garden festival kicks off in the District on May 22 and the locals are… jazzed. This beloved Friday tradition brings together people of all ages and interests to soak in live local jazz music, and […]

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Arriving at the end of the world -- Ushuaia -- I was greeted by a beauitful rainbow

The End of the World – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia – fin del Mundo, the southernmost city in the world – is located at the south end of Argentina, neighboring Chile and straddling the region of Tierra del Fuego at the foot of South America. It is the jumping off point for voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, to the Falkland Islands and to South Georgia. I was […]

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Shackleton’s Whisky

The 1914-1916 Endurance voyage made Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton one of the most famous and beloved explorers in history. But it was the Nimrod Expedition a few years earlier that would inspire one of the most sought after replica whisky’s ever created. Collectors, spirit aficionados, history buffs and modern-day explorers are all keen to take a sip of this storied […]

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“Update From the Colonies” (Penguin News Network)

While crossing the Southern Ocean from Antarctica to South Georgia Island, I got to talking with some new friends over a dram or two of Shackleton Whisky and we realized that there is a major gap in news reporting when it comes to the life of the penguin. There is a lot going on in the colonies! That’s when Penguin News Network was born… […]

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Perpignan, France -- Romance in the French Pyrénées Countryside

Perpignan — The Sunniest Place in France!

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, or “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.”           …things to do in the south of France! I haven’t been to France in awhile and I’m really itching to get back, specifically to one of my favorite wine regions: Languedoc-Roussillon. The effect that the warm air off of the […]

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Dawn liftoff of NASA's Orion -- Exploration Flight Test-1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida -- photo credit Stefanie Payne

I Took a Break from Blogging Because of a Spaceship

Someone asked me the other day why I don’t blog anymore. It’s true — over the last six months or so, I’ve pretty well abandoned this site. But it was for what I think to be a pretty good reason. On December 5, 2014, NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. I […]

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Findery Notemaps

Hiya traveling friends! I’m very excited to share that a short blog post I wrote about my fancy for light sources was just featured on one of my favorite online communities for travelers: Findery.com. The point of the post was to highlight Three Great Notemaps satisfying a particular subject or strain of thinking. I chose […]

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