Monthly Archive: April 2017

Apr 30

Michigan in the Spring (Subtitle: Closed Until Spring)

Closed Until Spring (Destination: Michigan in the Spring) Michigan is a winter wonderland with skiing and snowmobiling and a summer spectacular with great weather and many things for tourists to do.  Before visiting Michigan in spring, I spent some time googling “Traveling in Michigan in Spring” and “Michigan in Springtime”.  The searches didn’t come up …

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Apr 24

Traverse City State Hospital (Subtitle: Sanity Check)

Last year, I really enjoyed visiting the deserted buildings of Pripyat, Ukraine in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  So, when I heard about the “Extended Photo Tours” with a professional photographer at the deserted buildings of the Traverse City State (Mental) Hospital, I had to go.  These tours only run a couple times per year, so …

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Apr 17

Amtrak Across America (Subtitle: I’m Going to WIN!)

Traveled April, 2017 My trip on the Amtrak Empire Builder started at one of the two west coast hubs – Seattle.  The other being Portland.  These two trains connect in Spokane, WA and then make their way to Chicago. Seattle has the great old King Street station.  Our departure time was scheduled for 4:40 but …

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Apr 08

Visit Winnipeg, Manitoba (Subtitle: The Short Journey to Churchill)

Anyone on their way to or from Churchill, Manitoba should definitely consider a stop in Winnipeg.  Visiting the zoo is a nice companion to your Polar Bear excursions in Churchill. Traveled August, 2015. We arrived in the very nice Winnipeg airport Hampton Inn late in the evening after our long drive from Thompson that afternoon. …

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Apr 08

Road and Train to Churchill, Manitoba (Subtitle: The Looooong Journey to Churchill)

Churchill is known as “The polar bear capital of the world” and I wanted to go there in late summer.  My parents live just south of Manitoba in Minnesota so I asked if they would like to road trip to Churchill and they joined me for the adventure. There are not many ways to get …

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Apr 07

A Bear in Hudson Bay (Subtitle: Polar Bear Plunge)

Traveled Aug, 2015 Yeah… I see YOU!

Apr 07

Things to do in Churchill, Manitoba (Subtitle: Belugas, and Borealis, and Bears, Oh My!)

Traveled Aug, 2015 Upon train arrival in Churchill, the friendly Tundra Inn van met us passengers.  They hauled us and our luggage over to the inn to store for the day.  I had a beluga snorkeling trip booked for later that day, but that wasn’t until late afternoon (the schedule of the beluga trips varies …

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Apr 02

Visiting Kyiv (Subtitle: Chicken Kiev in Kyiv)

Traveled May, 2016 In early 2016, Ukraine was not on my travel radar at all.  Russia had been aggressive towards them and Crimea was basically a no-go zone.  My real destination was Jordan.  Petra has been on my wish list for years, as well as Syria, and after seeing what had happened in Syria I …

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Apr 01

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Subtitle: Chernobyl Diaries)

Traveled May, 2016 Most people visiting Chernobyl do so in a whirlwind 1-day tour from Kyiv, with 2 hours diving each way.  It’s also possible to do longer trips, but these are much more expensive and for those that have a deep interest in Chernobyl.  My friend and I decided to do the middle trip …

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Apr 01

The Russian Woodpecker (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)

  A highlight of a Chernobyl tour is a visit to the Russian Woodpecker, or Duga-3.  It’s a 1 km long, by 150 meter high hunk of rotting metal radar technology.  The “woodpecker” name comes from the tapping sound it makes while in use.  This remnant of Cold War time was a way for the …

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