Friday, August 23, 2013

Chicago by Foot and Water

Art Museum

Tall Ship on Lake Michigan

Chicago harbor light house

kayaking on the Chicago River

"Zombies" distributing wedding dessert invitations at random

plaza with one of my favorite sculptures

buffalo in Lincoln Park

butterflies at Lincoln Park Nature Center

Lincoln Park garden

beauty and the beast at Lincoln Park

sculpture near state building

zombie-themed advertizement
I really enjoy the parts of cities where the visitor can easily get about by walking or some sort of public transport.  Places like Paris, Sevilla, Albuquerque's Old Town, Dublin, Santa Fe, London,New Orleans,  Bath, and, of course downtown Chicago come to mind.  I'm sure that there are many others that I haven't visited yet as well and those that have slipped my mind at the moment. You, the reader, know other places as well. (I'd welcome any suggestions of places that meet the criteria. I'm always ready to experience new places.)

A recent trip to Chicago to spend time with family members was one of the best visits I've had there. The days were sunny and reasonably temperate for August-it set the tone for two very good days of exploration. Metropolitan areas always present me with mixed feelings. I truly enjoy the diversity of opportunity that you can find in them.  There are even experiences that you can enjoy that are not costly, although there are also others that are.  There's also a bit of the unexpected, such as a group of formally dressed zombies handing out invitations, that you often don't find in smaller locales. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be a permanent resident in one.  I value my quiet back yard full of urban nature, streets where I can ride my bicycle in relative safety, and nearby state parks that are uncrowded once the summer tourist season is over. Fortunately, it is possible for me to experience both, and I feel comfortable in both types of settings. It would be very crowded if we all had the same living preferences, wouldn't it?

Thank you for visiting, please stop by the Tavern again. Your comments about the post or your travels related to it are always welcome. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wisconsin Travel: A Bit Closer to My Present Horizon

If you have read this blog before,  you know that I am fond of traveling to places beyond my present horizon. To travel to a place far different from my own and to immerse myself to the greatest degree possible in another culture is something that I truly enjoy doing. On the other hand, I have learned that the time for travel for me  is during Wisconsin's colder months.  During summer and early Fall (autumn), Wisconsin is a very enjoyable place to be. The photos in this post reflect that.

A week ago, we packed our camper (caravan) and headed a few miles south of where we live.  Our goal was to enjoy a state park at various times of the day and also explore the surrounding communities.  As a frequent traveler, I often pass through places nearby while I am concentrating on traveling larger distances. Port Washington, the images of which you see here, is one of those places frequently passed by or passed through.  On a sunny Tuesday morning, we decided to explore Port.  If you are interested in learning about the community, itself, you might follow this link:

As I write this I remember times that I have been in other countries and talked with people who have lived in a place all their lives but haven't spent any time in the community just two towns away from where they live.  Why bother?  It must be the same as where they live!  The distant horizon is much more exotic. As  I become a more experienced traveler, I find that both the near and the far can be interesting.  As I wandered around Port Washington,  I saw both similarities and differences between that port on the western shore of Lake Michigan and the nearby  port of Sheboygan where I have lived for more than 30 years. In addition to exploring the sights, I also found a home-made chocolates store and later had a spontaneous conversation with a local photographer who was curious about my GoPro HD camera mounted to my walking stick.  All in all, it was a good day for travel and exploration even though it was just 30 miles from home.

I continue to suggest that we all travel beyond our present horizons in order to experience the new and different.  After all, by doing so people come to a better understanding of the world and each other.  On the other hand, when you don't have the opportunity to stretch yourself to the degree that you would really like, remember that the nearby is also beyond your present horizon, even if it isn't at the top of your "bucket list".

Thank you for visiting the Tavern.  Please feel welcome to stop by again.  In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.



If the photos seem a bit distorted from the images that you are used to, it's because they were taken with my Go Pro HD Hero 2 camera that has a 170 degree "fish eye" lens.