SoCo, So Cool in Austin, TX

I had the great pleasure of visiting the cool Texan capital that is keeping weird — a not-so-little place called Austin. Declared the "live music capital" of the USA, it's a musical, tropical, funky paradise. ... Read More →

Ole Mill Towns of the Cannon River Valley

The Cannon River runs from southeastern Minnesota into the Mississippi River with evidence of human activity here dating back 1,000 years. Early Americans in the mid-19th century were drawn to the Cannon River Valley, harnessing the power of the ... Read More →

Mad for Madison, WI

It wasn't long after dating a Minnesota native that I learned of the Viking fandom tradition, passed along over generations. Purple and yellow additions were swiftly added to my dresser. Indeed being a fan of the Vikings is wrapped in great hope and regular ... Read More →

Hidden Hollows and Peeking Moose

A few miles north of Woodstock in Shandaken Wild Forest, is Rochester Hollow. A long dirt road which feels akin to trespassing reveals the start of the 5.6 mile loop through the woods.... Read More →

Introduction to Ulster County

It had been only 24 hours since I'd arrived to the Hudson Valley and I'd already consumed craft cocktails to jazz tunes, become the owner of a large American flag in a flea market and found a shop entirely devoted... Read More →

Party Under the Bridge

At the northern edge of Central Park, a row of a modestly sized brick apartment buildings sit facing southward. Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile boasts the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and The Africa ... Read More →

Welcome to Springfield, Missouri.

Springfield, Missouri. It's the state's third largest city, set in the foothills of the Ozarks and has the distinction of the being the birthplace of Route 66. Its roots on the American frontier left Springfield with a unique blend of farmland... Read More →

Powder Struggle: Puns and Presidents

Fellow listeners of Slate's Political Gabfest may share in my enamor for a presidential kerfuffle on the icy coast, as shared by John Dickerson. The year was 1975 and incumbent President Gerald Ford was preparing for the 1976 ... Read More →

Winter Weekend on the East End

I learned a new word recently: smultronställe. It's Swedish, literally meaning "place of wild strawberries," however more familiarly means a place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation, a personal idyll free from stress or sadness. ... Read More →