- Macalester CollegeMathematics, Economics & Political Science, 1987 - 1991
- University of MinnesotaGeology & Geophysics, 2004 - 2006
I have spent the better part of the last decade traveling around the world.
In March 2007 I sold my house and have been traveling around the world ever since. Since I started traveling, I have probably done and seen more than I have in the rest of my life combined.
So far I have visited over 170 countries and territories , all 50 US states, every Canadian province, every Australian state and territory, over 100 US National Park Service sites and over 290 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I have also:
- Bungee jumped in New Zealand
- Floated in the Dead Sea
- Crossed the arctic circle in the Yukon
- Rode in a Formula 1 car at 180mpg (300kph) in Spain
- Been in the water with great white sharks in South Africa
- Dove in the ruins of the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt
- Had an entire remote white sand beach to myself in Fiji
- Swam with whale sharks in Australia
- Been spelunking in Borneo
- Rode the world’s highest zip line in Puerto Rico
- Rode out a tsunami in Hawaii
- Visited an active war zone in Cambodia
- Resisted the temptation to take a $5,000,000 moon rock in the Solomon Islands
- Been kicked out of the nation of Kiribati
- Experienced the Thai New Year (Songkran) in Bangkok
- Experienced Holy Week in Jerusalem
- Got caught in the middle of a political protest in Thailand
- Swam with jellyfish in Palau
- Visited many of the greatest museums on Earth
- Traveled by plane, train, boat, car, bus, motorcycle, tuk tuk, bicycle, camel, elephant, horse, hot air balloon, and helicopter
I wasn’t always a world traveler. Other than occasional summer vacations, my family didn’t travel very much. I grew up in Wisconsin and never saw salt water until I was 21 years old. In 1998 I sold my business to a multinational corporation and they sent me on a whirlwind 3 week tour of their offices in January 1999. I visited Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Belgium and the UK.
That trip stuck with me for years. I made a few other international trips after that to the Bahamas, Iceland and Argentina, but never really made a commitment to travel.
In 2004 I decided to go back to school and study geology. After seeing the hell that PhD students were going through, the idea of going to graduate school became very unappealing.
I decided to travel around the world.
It took about 2 years for me to tie up all the loose ends I had and sell my house. Finally, on March 13, 2007 I turned over the keys to my home.
I thought I’d be traveling for a year or maybe two. So far it has been over 8 years with no end in sight!
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This month’s image of the North Arm of the Saglek Fjord in Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador.
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Prairie dogs are one of my favorite things about visiting the west. I can sit and photograph them for hours because they are so entertaining. They are always playing, running around, looking around and doing something which worth taking a photo of.
This past January I was invited to Helsinki to attend a travel conference. Outside of an overnight layover a few years prior, it was my first time in Finland. In addition to a visit to the Åland Islands, which are an archipelago between Finland and Sweden, I was also able to spend some time exploring Helsinki, including a flightseeing trip over the city in a helicopter.
Just outside of Helsinki are a chain of islands which are regularly visited by locals in the summer. It also includes the island of world heritage site Fortress of Suomenlinna.
This week’s guest is , an educator, speaker and host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. We talk about her encounters around the world with wildlife, how she got into the business of wildlife education and how she got a personal nickname from Snoop Dogg.
Prince Edward Island National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Canada, at only 22 sq/km in size. It is located on the north shore of Prince Edward Island and is divided into 3 separate parts: Cavendish in the west, Brackley-Dalvay in the center, and Greenwich in the east.
The most popular segment of the park is the central part which pretty much a really long beach. I visited on a weekday in August and I couldn’t find a parking spot along this segment. It seemed like most of PEI had come out to enjoy the beach. Even though the air temperature was warm, the water temperature was still pretty cold, as the water was part of the northern Atlantic. Most people were on the beach and not out swimming.
The easternmost segment of the park, Greenwich, is very different. Here you will find more nature and fewer people. There are several trails which will let you see different coastal ecosystems in a very small area, including forests, salt marshes and sand dunes.
Visiting PEI National Park is very easy if you are on the island. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from the capital of Charlottetown and about a 2 hour drive from Moncton, NB, including the drive over the Confederation Bridge.
Camping is available at the park and there are a great many hotels on the island in easy driving distance.
Located in Bavaria on the Regnitz river, Bamberg is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany and is considered one of the best towns in Germany for beer. It is also one of the few places where you can find original half-timber buildings from before WWII.
The Town Hall (Rathaus) is probably the most distinctive building in Bamberg. Located on an island in the river, it is the signature attraction in a town full of very photogenic places.
I’ve been to Venice three times, and I could go back 30 more. Despite the crush of tourists in the city, especially during the high season, Venice is still one of my favorite places.
You can see parts of Venetian culture in many places beyond Venice, however. All the way down the Adriatic coast, almost to Dubrovnik, you can find towns which were part of Venice and which still display the Venetian lion on their town walls.
Once again, I was recently a guest on the Amateur Traveler Podcast with Chris Christensen. This time we talked about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the United States.
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While Alberta has some great national parks, the Rocky Mountains don’t stop at the park boundary. Just below Banff National Park you can find the Kananaskis Country. Consisting of many provincial parks, it is just as beautiful as what you’ll find in the national parks, but usually much less crowded.
Fundy is located on the Southeastern coast of New Brunswick and is located on the Bay of Fundy, for which it is named. The Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world, and in the park you can actually walk on the ocean floor during low tide.
In addition to the sights along coast, Fundy also has many amazing attractions in its interior as well. The photo above is of Dickson Falls, which is one of several waterfalls in the park. Inside the park you will also find miles of hiking trails, a golf course, and a saltwater swimming pool. There is also a very photogenic covered bridge at Point Wolfe.
The environment is similar to what you might find in Northern Maine or in Acadia National Park in United States. Heavily forested with a rugged coast. The landscape and environment is very different from Kouchibouguac National Park, which is 2 hours away in New Brunswick, but is not on the Bay of Fundy. According to the data, Fundy gets more visitors than Kouchibouguac, but it doesn’t feel that way because the park is larger and it doesn’t have beaches.
The park is easily accessible by car from all the major cities in New Brunswick: Fredericton, St. John, and Moncton. Route 114 goes through the park and that is the highway you need to get on to visit.
If you are driving from Moncton, you will probably also want to stop at Hopewell Rocks, which is a provincial park about halfway between Fundy and Moncton. Hopewell actually gets far more tourists than Fundy, because it is at Hopewell where you can best see the dramatic change in the tides. In most places on the Bay of Fundy, the tide goes out a very long distance, but you can’t get a real sense of the height of the tides. At Hopewell, there are free standing rocks which give you a better sense of scale.
Camping is available in the park, including oTENTiks available for rent. These are permanent tents with wood floors which can be found in many Parks Canada locations. The nearest town is Alma, which is literally outside the northern border of the park on route 114. There are a few hotels in town which cater to park visitors.
Kouchibouguac National Park lies on the eastern shore of the province of New Brunswick. At 239 sq/km (92 sq/mi) the park is a mix of barrier islands, forest, salt marshes and beaches. It is much more of a recreational park than a nature reserve. I visited in August of 2015 and the park was very busy with what mostly seemed like visitors from New Brunswick, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
The park is easily accessible and is located 90 minutes from Moncton on Highway 11.
Camping is available in the park, but there are also hotels available in the nearby towns of Rexton and Miramichi. The park isn’t very big, especially when you compare it to the size of western parks. You can easily explore most of the park in a single day. There are hiking trails available through the park, but those too can be hiked in a day a do not require any serious backcountry hiking.
My guest this week is , a former lawyer turned travel writer. We talk about food and its relationship to travel, and many other things.