Travel With Passion

25 Quotes To Inspire Any Traveler

Everyone needs to read inspirational quotes now and then.  If a mental boost is what I need as a kick in the rear to get moving, I search for these positive words.  There is no shame in admitting this. I see friends, colleagues, mothers, brothers and business owners posting quotes all the time on Facebook,…

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

I’ve heard and read the saying many times, “photography is not about the gear you have, it’s about the person using the camera.”  This is true – to the extent of knowing ones camera.  Master it or be a fidgeting monkey.  What will I choose? I find the Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) which is…

Horseshoe Falls

A Glimpse of Winter at Niagara Falls

I’m not a fan of cold weather. When my friend Barb suggested we go to Niagara Falls before she moved from Buffalo, I had slight reservations. I wanted to see the Falls, but not in the frigid January Canadian air. “It’s so beautiful in winter with the snow and mist,” she said. “Alright, let’s go,”…

Common-Sense

Oh Those Unhappy Tourists

God dammit! I want to scream at these people who write this nonsensical, irritating bullshit.  Are these people down to their last remaining brain cells?  Do I laugh or do I cry for humanity?  What about laughing my ass off?  It’s a mix. Scream at the stupidity, laugh at the feeble-mindedness.  I read this list…

Sammy Red Rocker

My Travels With Sammy Hagar

Everyone has something they splurge their good fortunes on.  Clothes, cars, wine, porn (yes a lot of people do), food. Name anything and there is a buyer of and/or for a particular item or service.  This is not a bad thing.  All of us have one thing we crave.  It’s an energy our bodies and…

Jelly Belly

Jelly Beans – A Flavor For Everyone

Elizabeth, our conductor, is standing proud, smiling, and wearing an old train uniform from days past that touches the heart of my inner-child. “You can sit anywhere you want,” she says greeting everyone in our group. Stepping on the light blue colored section of the train, I don the paper hat given to me, clip the…

Mars Cheese Castle

A Unique Castle in the U.S. Midwest

One thing a traveler won’t see is a moat surrounding this castle. The cool windy air blows the flags in a northerly direction as the ‘KEEP’ casts a shadow down on the entrance. Two black chains attached above and on either side of the main entryway curve down to meet the top of the drawbridge.…

Civil War Museum

The Civil War Museum

For a brief second, the room went dark and quiet. Gunfire started popping above me. From my peripheral vision I saw rifles take aim then fire across the battlefield. Explosions of cannon fire found my backside, and as I caught my bearings, a soldier pointed his musket in my direction. With a loud crack, smoke…