What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.  ~ Blackfoot proverb


Arches National Park, Utah, USA

From sea to shining sea. That’s what the song says, and so it is. First time travelers to the USA are often surprised by its vastness. To visit only the coastal areas is to miss the heartlands: the Great Plains, the mighty Mississippi river, the Grand Canyon. Can a traveler say he has been to the USA if he’s only seen New York City? Or Los Angeles? The country changes culturally  from region to region and often from one neighborhood abutting another neighborhood. The accents, the food, even the music you dance to will change depending on where you are in this land. The best way to travel this country? A road trip. You could spend a lifetime on its roads and never see every one of them. But it’s worth a try!

Dispatches from the USA


click to see the photo essay: River Music: Austin Texas

Heading to Austin, Texas? Let me take you to the river. It’s playing your song.


click for Green Pajamas and Reinvention Through Travel

From road trips across the Great Plains to Yellowstone national park, to the mountains of Morocco, travel is bound to change you. At least your perceptions.


click to read about dining at Beast in Portland Oregon

Stealing a day from a hectic life to spend some time with our tribe at Beast, in Portland, Oregon.



click to read about exploring your home town

Scratching beneath the surface of the town where you live brings rewards to even the most intrepid traveler.


click to read Mile-High Class Warfare

The rarified air of first-class air travel. Oh, yeah, I could get used to this!



click to read about Russia's Champion Vodka-drinker

Travel can be both isolating and a bonding experience. All in the same week.


read about the liebster award

11 things you didn’t know about me and 11 questions answered.



read A Broad Ranging Local

Using travel skills to roam close to home in Austin, Texas.

read Hello Minneapolis

I go back to where I grew up and find Minneapolis more beautiful than ever, but will I remember how to get around town?


read Ciao for Now, Minneapolis

  From the skyline to the bars, from poetry readings to sing-alongs at a neighborhood club, Minneapolis outdid herself.


Read about exploring San AntonioSan Antonio shines, from its River Walk to the Missions.



Where will SJOD go next? Meme

What USA travel tale will be next? Watch this spot!

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