Reflections from 2019 – An Epic Year of Travel

This was an epic year of travel for me – the best ever. I was very fortunate to be able to go somewhere special each month. I visited National Parks in the US  as well as a few new places in my home country. I had a completely unique experience as a volunteer citizen scientist in Kenya. And my feet touched the soil of South America for the first time. To top it all off, I was totally spoiled on a one of a kind barge cruise on the Burgundy Canal in France. I don’t think any year in travel can get much better.

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There’s a Little Bit of Paradise in the Garden of the Gods Illinois

Despite having lived in Chicago for many years, it is only as a recent visitor back to the state that I discovered the wooded beauty of the Shawnee National Forest and the Garden of the Gods Illinois. Who knew there was so much scenic wilderness in a state known for growing corn?

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PhotoPOSTcard: This is Southern Illinois

The Ohio River forms the southern boundary of the state of Illinois. It is a source of transportation and recreation. And also a source of food. I had the best freshly caught fried catfish dinner at this floating E-Town Restaurant. And the meal came with a free gorgeous sunset to boot.

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