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Entering The World of Magic and Wizardry: Halloween Reading and A Trip To Universal Studios

By: - November 9, 2016
Category : Places

This Halloween evening, I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of doing something Halloween-like, I’m currently knee-deep in the tremendous world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. It felt a little out of character for me. First off, it’s Halloween and I dedicate a lot of time writing about all the spooky stuff the […]

A Thrill Ride Into the Fifth Dimension: Rod Serling’s Impact on Disneyland

By: - June 11, 2016
Category : People, Places

Imagine with me for a moment that we traveled back to October 2, 1959. You grabbed your glass bottle of Coca-Cola from the five-and-dime, and made it home just in time to huddle around the television set. For a moment the screen was blank. Then suddenly a black and white curtain backdrop appears in front […]

A Diamond In the Desert: Finding Hidden Gems On the Way To Las Vegas

By: - March 30, 2016
Category : Places

For some reason, I’ve always had an affinity for driving through the desert. It seems odd that growing up in the midwest, a desert would be an appealing place to drive through. Perhaps it was inspired by seeing films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where a young Indiana stumbles upon a group of […]

Fight Or Flight – The Cemetery That Wouldn’t Leave O’Hare Airport

By: - January 30, 2016
Category : Places

(I began writing this at O’Hare on December 28th 2015, finishing a few days later, but just getting around to posting this now so sorry for the semi-dated content.   After heading back to Illinois to spend the holidays with my family, my trip took an odd turn as I was stuck at O’Hare for […]

Reflections of Summer – My Nostalgic Trips to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

By: - January 5, 2016
Category : Nostalgia, Places

After writing a decent amount of dark subject matter, I’ve decided to mix it up a little bit. I wanted to share with you a story of some of my summer adventures of yesteryear. I hinted about it last time I was back in Chicago over the summer…today I wanted to fulfill that promise. It […]

Eating My Way Through Town – The Quest For Apple Cider Donuts and Other Autumn Treats

By: - October 28, 2015
Category : Places

A few weeks ago, I returned home to celebrate a wedding in Decorah, Iowa. One of the best parts of growing up in the midwest is you get to experience both the urban and the rural. The traffic and the tractors. You don’t really have to drive too far to do it, either. It had […]

Theme Parks, Headless Horsemen, and Haunted Ships: Top Spots For Getting Into the Halloween Spirit

By: - October 21, 2015
Category : Hauntings, Places

Well ladies and gentleman…it’s that time of year again. The leaves are bursting into reds and oranges. The weather gets a little cooler. And everything gets a temporary pumpkin spiced make-over. Short of 4th of July, the month of October is my favorite time of year. There’s something about fall that makes me happy. Maybe […]

Haunted Disneyland – Halloween Time and The History of the Haunted Mansion

By: - September 23, 2015
Category : Nostalgia, Places

Last week I was able to take a quick trip to Disneyland with my girlfriend to share in the magic of what Walt Disney wanted his audience to experience 60 years ago. The beauty of this trip was two-fold. First, the trip coincided with Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary which meant the fireworks show was going […]