Archive for the ‘destinations’ Category

Bay Area–based photographer Jennifer Chaney braved mosquitos and a forecast of hail and wind to shoot her cousin’s wedding on Minnesota’s 10-Mile Lake.  Thankfully, the worst of the weather was overcast skies and light rain, allowing Jennifer to photograph the couple on and around the lake (plan B was inside a garage!).  I am so in love with this shot of them in a canoe—so much so I’m considering a lake-centric vow renewal in the future.  The rest of the photos are equally stunning; check them out here.


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Three Things Right Now

Abandoned1Last time, I said I wouldn’t try to get all thematic with these “Three Things Right Now” posts, but this time I really can’t help that they’re all about travel.

Mike’s Funky Expedition
My friend Mike G. scored one of the limited All-You-Can-Jet passes from Jet Blue airlines. For $599, pass holders can travel as much as they want (wherever Jet Blue flies) between September 8 and October 8. Mike is hitting Portland, Maine; Buffalo and New York City, New York; Washington, DC; New Orleans, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Costa Rica, and Jamaica. To keep things cheap, he arranged some free lodging with friends of friends via Facebook before departing and spends some nights in a tent on side of the road. He’s meeting the locals, exploring the terrain, and having quite the funky expedition. He blogs about it here.

Afar magazine
Another friend and former coworker, Jeremy Saum, is the managing editor of the new experiential travel magazine, Afar.  Its mission is to go beyond the typical tourist experience of a destination and really dive into the local culture, customs, and people.  You can get a copy of the premiere issue for free here.  Some highlights include a photo collage of footwear from around the world, a Wired-esque infographic about chocolate consumption by country, an interview with an Oakland web programmer who takes working on the road to a whole new level, a reporter’s spontaneous journey to Caracas, Venezuela (mystery travel assignments will be a regular feature), a language lesson, and a look at treehouse lodging in Laos.  I wasn’t too jazzed about the biggest story, on maid cafes in Japan.  I’ve read so much about that in the past couple years—kinda stale.  And, unfortunately, there is no online version of the mag, preventing me from emailing links to articles of interest.  But, overall, it’s an exciting addition to the journalism scene, and I highly recommend you check it out.

100 Abandoned Houses
This has been widely circulated on the web, but in case you have not seen Kevin Bauman’s hauntingly beautiful portraits of abandoned homes in Detroit, you’ll want to check them out here. It’s amazing how much this reminds me of New Orleans (I spent a week there rebuilding houses).  The plants have taken over.

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