Taking the Train from California to Chicago

Amtrak train

After taking the train across Russia in 2011 and most of the way across Kazakhstan in 2012, I added another train trip high on my “to do” list – crossing half of the United States, […]

Binder Park Zoo: A Taste of Africa in Michigan

Giraffe close up

I have been to a lot of zoos in my life. Growing up in Minnesota, trips to Como Zoo and later, the Minnesota Zoo (a/k/a the “New Zoo”) were pretty frequent. Here in Chicago, I […]

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

I visited the newly opened 9/11 Memorial and Museum back in September but struggled to really write about it at that time. It was a surreal experience for several reasons, although surreal doesn’t really seem […]

Random Thoughts While Walking Around San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

I spent a lot of time waking around San Francisco during my three day visit. I walked from my hotel down Post Street to the Embarcadero. I walked along the Embarcadero all the way around […]

Support Families in Honduras & Win a Grand Canyon Hiking Trip!

Grand Canyon hiking

By the time you read this, I will have visited the two schools in southern Mali that Passports with Purpose raised money to build last fall. Much more on that will come very soon.   […]