Silversun Pickups @ The Vic Theatre

Silversun Pickups @ The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL

February seems like the time artists always come around to Chicago, and frankly I’m OK with that because there’s nothing else to do around that time. It’s been some years since I last saw Silversun Pickups and they are touring for their new album Physical Thrills which departs a bit in style from past albums … Read more

Coheed and Cambria @ The Sylvee

Coheed and Cambria @ The Sylvee, Madison WI 09/16/23

One of my favorite bands, Coheed and Cambria, are on the road again this year for their Neverender: No World For The Waking Mind (NWFTWM) tour. I had seen them sevearl times earlier on in their career but kind of drifted away with some of the new albums or just bad luck getting people to … Read more

Wisconsin Historical Marker: The Point of Beginning

Historical Marker 172: Point of Beginning

After leaving Potosi, I continued on the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail heading south. Nearly this entire section is on pavement and much is running through farmlands – still scenic if you like rural midwestern scenery, but nothing epic to write home about. Thankfully the sun rays and partially cloudy skies made up for otherwise dull … Read more

Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail – Lansing to Potosi

Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail - Flexing shenanigans at graffiti rock on Dugway Road

Starting off from Mount Hosmer Park in Lansing, Iowa, our goal today was to explore the southern section of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail. This is a popular route leading over gravel roads and through scenic areas of the “driftless region”. This is definitley not a comprehensive photo journal of the trip, just some shots … Read more

Wyalusing State Park – Wisconsin Ridge Campground

Wyalusing Wisconsin Ridge Campground - View across the Wisconsin River valley

Went on a weekend trip with my friends from the Tacoma World forums. Home base was the Wisconsin Ridge Campground at Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, Wisconsin. We had most of the sites in the 140-150 range looking down along the Wisconsin River valley. Here’s my site – I parked all the way behind the … Read more

Canoecopia 2023

Canoecopia 2023 - Wide view of main exhibit floor

Ever since I started paddling a couple years back I’ve wanted to attend Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin. The pandemic had other plans, but thankfully in 2023 it’s back on track. Originally I planned to attend both weekend days but ended up only going Sunday due to unforseen delays. I didn’t get to see as many … Read more

Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail – BRF to Picnic Point

My Tacoma on the ice & snow covered trail between large log piles (photo courtesy of my friend Jonathan)

I’m not sure how or why it came to be reality, but for some reason our Tacoma crew decided it would be smart to try a winter outing. In February. In Wisconsin. And it was a good idea! Well mostly aside from the frozen camping. Read on for more details! Day 1: Main Trail Drive … Read more

Silver Lake Kayak Lap (July ’22)

Sunset while paddling Silver Lake in a Dagger Alchemy 14.0L kayak

Came across a good deal for a used kayak that seems to fit my needs. Wasn’t expecting this and I wasn’t even actively looking for another kayak but sometimes when things fall together like this you have to jump on the opportunity. Drove down to Evanston, Illinois and made a deal. It’s a 2014 Dagger … Read more

WI Pipeline Off-Roading (June ’22)

Tacoma Off-roading - Overhead drone shot of the group (photo credit Camerasandcoffee of Tacoma World)

Back in summer of 2020 I bought a Toyota Tacoma with the intention of being able to explore deeper into places that my other cars & small SUVs wouldn’t allow. After over a year of maintenance, planning, and building it up I was able to join a group from the Tacoma World forums on a … Read more

mewithoutYou @ Thalia Hall

mewithoutYou @ Thalia Hall, Chicago IL on The "Farewell" Tour May 10, 2022

All good things must come to an end. Not even my favorite band mewithoutYou can escape that fate. At least in this case it’s a very soft goodbye as they open the “Farewell” Tour right here in Chicago at Thalia Hall with openers Tigers Jaw. Thalia Hall Originally built in 1892 and modeled after an … Read more