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New Orleans: Two Days in The French Quarter

One can learn a lot about a place in a short period of time. I’d even venture to say that exploring a city on hyperdrive can actually be quite fulfilling. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...
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 ...

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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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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

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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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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Best Travel Booking Sites and Apps (2014)

I’m a somewhat frequent traveler and have been for some time. Over the years, I’ve found many exceptional resources in terms of booking engines and planning sites. Those listed below have helped me get on the road at one time or another. Some, I’ve been using for years, others, are brand new to me and have proven […]

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Towering red rocks at Utah's Zion National Park

Four Parks in Four Days — National Parks in The American Southwest

If you had only four days to pack some adventure into your life, what would you do? And, how much adventure can one actually pack into four days? Faced with a busy job and little time off, an important event to celebrate, and armed always with a burning desire to travel whenever possible — I […]

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Fontaine Medicis in Jardin de Luxembourg, (Luxembourg Gardens) on the Left Bank in Paris, France.

The Jewel of The Luxembourg Gardens

“Fontaine Medicis”, the jewel of the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank in Paris, France. It’s one of my favorite places in one of my favorite cities.  Almost hidden from sight beneath a canopy of trees, it is not uncommon to be missed entirely by casual travelers strolling through the famous park. A loss indeed. The […]

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Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able to explore my vicinity (greater Washington, DC) with a fine-tooth comb while saving pennies for my next big adventure: Antarctica! Until then, I plan to become […]

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