How To Photograph The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a trending topic among travelers these days. I count myself lucky to have grown up seeing these gorgeous, shimmering lights spreading…

Shady Serenity: Hiking In Icelandic State Park

“North Dakota doesn’t have any trees.” Nope. Incorrect. Sure, this state is mostly (and justifiably) famous for its wide open spaces, endless horizons, rolling prairies…

Self Care For A Peaceful Fall

“Self care is any action you purposefully take to improve your physical, emotional or spiritual well being […] When you take time to replenish your…

10 Reasons To Try Train Travel

I just got back from a train trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder from St. Paul, Minnesota to Chicago and I got a ton of feedback…

A Road Trip For Thinkers: The GameChanger Ideas Festival

Confession alert: I’m obsessed with “Orange is the New Black”. Ob-sessed. (Taystee and Red’s story arcs are my current favorites, but that always changes.) So…

Surviving The Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey Trail schooled me. I went from “I’m going to own this ride” to “Okay, I’m gonna have fun” to “Sweet Jesus,…

5 Ways to Explore Detroit Lakes

It’s human nature to overlook the treasures in our own backyards. Our favorite places just kind of become part of the landscape and we tend…

Old World Food Fusion (And Language Lessons) At The Czech Wagon

“Jak se máš?” I pause, trying to repeat my answer exactly as I’ve just been taught. “Dobře,” I reply. We giggle. Close enough. When you…

Cuba Through A Photographer’s Lens

I perk up whenever anybody mentions traveling to Cuba. Okay, I get excited whenever anyone mentions traveling anywhere (childlike enthusiasm is both a prerequisite for…

Freebies From The Fargo Food Truck Festival

I have an obsession with street food. I love the social atomsphere of gathering around a food stand or a food truck, just hanging out…

Travel And Life Goals: Lessons From My Grandma

My grandma is one of my travel role models. We’ve been road tripping together a lot this summer, checking out a museum, shops and what…

Step Back Into Frontier History At Fort Abercrombie

The Red River of the North has been a conduit of trade for centuries. It starts at the confluence of the Otter Tail and the…

“North Dakota Beer: A Heady History” On Sale Now

I know today is just a normal Monday for the rest of the world, but July 17 means just one thing to me — book…

A Quest For Amish Snack Food: Finding The Baker’s Wagon

I learned three things writing this post. First, lard makes baked goods taste delicious. (Sorry, vegetarians and squeamish people that are weirded out by animal…

Up North: #ForestFavorites in a Minnesota Summer

My colleague and friend Jack Dura of acrossnorthdakota.com just got back from a road trip to Minnesota’s North Shore and his photos were so good,…