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    Ultimate 7 Day Midwest Road Trip

    Taking My First Road Trip This past March, Nic and I took a road trip. Starting from the Twin Cities, we visited Rapid City, South Dakota, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa. Growing up in New York, I rarely took long road trips. Most large cities are a few hours away, like Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston. Beyond that, we would typically fly or take a train. Although, there was a time we drove nine hours to Quebec, Canada from Long Island. So to say I’m a novice road tripper, would be accurate. Early one Saturday morning, we loaded up the car with plenty of books,…

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    What Makes Madison, Wisconsin So Special?

    Meet Guest Writer Jenna of Jet Lagged Jenna Hi everyone, Jenna here! I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and am now living in the beautiful state of Minnesota. I am a Midwest girl at heart, and I love traveling all over the United States. I have yet to travel internationally, but I hope to someday after I see all the beauty the U.S. has to offer! I started my blog mostly as a thing for me to look back on someday, but I didn’t realize it would turn into so much more! My goal is to help with travel tips and local favorites of the places I have been. If you…

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    My Experience Flying During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Flying Delta During Covid-19 I recently had my first experience flying for the first time in almost a year. Flying during the Covid-19 pandemic was very odd, and it was a bit mentally draining to be in an airport and around so many people. After nine months of working remotely and spending most of my time in nature, I was very aware of my surroundings at the airport and the potential risks around me. Overall, I think both the MSP Airport and Delta Airlines did a fantastic job keeping us safe. Check out my video below, where I documented my experience as it was happening. https://expeditionkristen.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/My-Delta-Experience.mp4 10 Observations about Flying…

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    Hiking and Camping at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Meet Guest Writer Tara of Back Road Ramblers Tara is a freelance writer and travel blogger with a passion for outdoor adventures. She currently blogs at Back Road Ramblers, where she shares travel tips, adventure destinations, and family vacation ideas for the wanderer in everyone. Her goal is to help families connect with the world and each other by stepping out their front door and embarking on journeys big and small. Explore America’s Largest, Deepest and Coldest Lake If you’re looking for a unique outdoor vacation on the shores of America’s largest, deepest, and coldest lake, you will love the wild seclusion of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is one…

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    Visit One of the Best Cabin Towns in Wisconsin

    We all know Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, but if you’re looking to get out of Minnesota and head over to Wisconsin, you won’t regret it. Wisconsin has some of the best cabin towns around and many of the lakes have incredible water quality. Wisconsin has a big fishing, camping, hunting and boating scene, too. So if you love being outside as much as I do, Wisconsin is a fantastic place for a weekend getaway. Paddle boarding on Red Cedar Lake READ MY BLOG POST ABOUT THE APOSTLE ISLANDS Visit Birchwood, Wisconsin I’ve been to Birchwood a few times, and in my opinion it definitely ranks as one…