Nicodemus National Historic Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site - First Baptist Church

A little less than 100 miles from my last stop I made a point to visit Nicodemus National Historic Site in Nicodemus Township, Kansas. Why? Nicodemus is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction period. Quite simply, this is a living & breathing town that irrefutably proves Black lives and … Read more

The Geographical Center of the Lower 48 United States

Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States - Marker monument with flagpole on top

So, so, so many boring miles driving across Nebraska that I want to cut my eyeballs out. Lucky for me even the tiniest distraction was enough to take a break. One lone sign on the shoulder of the interstate made me detour into Lebanon, Kansas to visit The Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States. … Read more

Homestead National Historical Park

Homestead National Historical Park - George Palmer cabin exterior

Sometimes visiting a place leaves you angry, upset, but ultimately glad it exits as a record of horrible things from the past. That’s pretty much how I felt after visiting Homestead National Monument today on a dreary and gray-skied morning in Beatrice, Nebraska. [Update: It appears the name has changed now to Homestead National Historic … Read more

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site - Gravesite

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic my travels in 2020 were nearly non-existent until August when I would launch a road trip to New Mexico for a socially-distanced elk hunt with my father. I drove nearly straight through but did find time for a few distractions along the way to break up the monotonous 1,700 mile … Read more

F150 Photoshoot 2020

1994 F-150 at Northside Wheel Alignment

Had an impromptu photo-shoot with our old family truck, the 1994 F-150. Purchased by my grandfather (Guy) way back when and has barely changed in 25+ years. Odometer is somewhere around 53k original miles. I’ve been doing some maintenance work on the cooling system and other original items that need refreshing. Decided to give it … Read more

Mill Pond Spillway

Mill Pond Spillway - Angle View

Last stop on my short weekend trip is just south of Grant Park on the Oak Creek Parkway at a small man-made “waterfall” (spillway) called Mill Pond Spillway. Not much fanfare at this location – only one small historical sign entitled “Millstones from Fowle Mill” detailing how the millpond was created to power the grist … Read more

Grafton Falls

Grafton Falls - View from Falls Road bridge

North of Milwaukee in the suburb of Grafton is a very easily accessible waterfall called Grafton Falls (previously also Milwaukee Falls – shocking, right?). Anyways you can find it at the intersection on Falls Road where it crosses the Milwaukee River. There are several historical markers and signs nearby detailing how there used to be … Read more

Secret Falls

Secret Falls

“Secret?,” you say. “Doesn’t look like a secret if you are posting online!” After much discussion with other waterfall enthusiasts I have decided to keep the location of this place secret, however I will share the photos and some information on the journey. I am doing this because the ecosystem of this area is very … Read more

Black River Falls – Hwy K Rapids

Black River Falls - Hwy K Rapids - Aerial view of largest drop looking downstream

Time to start making my way slowly towards home on this fantastic Sunday morning in mid-June. While on the road I crossed a bridge and immediately pulled off because I think I spotted something in the river below. Could it be an unknown waterfall? GPS wasn’t working and frankly I was tired so it wasn’t … Read more

Trout Falls

Trout Falls - Main falls view from south side of river

Last stop of the night is at Trout Falls, found on the Fort McCoy Army base in between Sparta and Tomah, Wisconsin. I failed to locate this one in 2019 but luckily with some new info it was a piece of cake. Started by parking on the shoulder off W F Street and walking the … Read more