The last two weeks have been incredibly busy for me as I have been following the path of the Allies in WWII through Western Europe on the @LiberationRoute.
I started in Portsmouth, England and crossed the channel to Normandy to visit the beaches, cemeteries and museums associated with D-Day. Then I drove to Belgium and the Ardens forest to visit the sites associated with the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne.
From there I’ve spent the last week in the Netherlands visiting all the sites associated with Operation Market Garden and the Liberation of the Netherlands. Today I’m in Germany and entering the homestretch of the trip. I’m in the small town in Schmidt, not far from the Belgium border which was near where the Siegfried Line was located and close to the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
From here I’ll be ending my trip in Berlin.
This has been a very eye opening trip. I haven’t done a thematic trip like this before where I’ve focused on one subject. I’ve learned a lot more than the cursory story of WWII that you get from documentaries on the History Channel (back when they actually had shows about history). After this trip is over, I start a new one in the Czech Republic right away visiting a bunch of World Heritage Sites before TBEX Europe, where I will be speaking.
Aaaand then I’m off to a big trip in Switzerland to finish up by Summer of Europe!
My @gadventures Baltics tour has ended, but I still have a lot more to share!
The tour was a great success and one of the better G tours I’ve been on (and I’ve been on 14 tours!) I was able to visit 3 new countries on the tour, and even used the opportunity to visit two other countries on either end of the trip (Belarus and Russia). I learned a lot about the Baltic states, and the differences between them (and the difference are quite large). I’ll be posting more photos as I process them, and as always follow along on my Instagram Stories, where I’m much more active.
If you are interested in taking the same exact trip I did through the Baltics, click on the URL in my bio!
If you’ve been following my IG stories, you will have seen all my posts from Belarus and Lithuania. I’m now on my @gadventures trip through the Baltics and I am currently on Curonian Spit. Today we did a 30km bike ride. The Spit mostly level and it is a popular place for biking. I, however, haven’t seriously ridden a bike in years and my ass is as sore as it was after I rode a horse for the first time.
During my massive 5,000 mile road trip the last few weeks, I got to visit Colorado National Monument. It isn’t the most popular national park site, but it should be better known. It would certainly be deserving of national park status. I got this photo by waiting for the clouds to move and shine on the rock pillars.
My big road trip is wining down. I’m in Amarillo, TX now and will be driving 1,000 miles back to Minneapolis over the next few days. I’ll be home a few hours before I catch a flight to New Orleans on Monday.
I took this photo a few days ago in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
I’ve spent the last few days doing some power driving through the midwest, visiting some national park service sites on the way to Denver for a big travel conference.
Along the way I visited the Knife River Indian Village and Fort Union Trading Post in North Dakota. I also visited Fort Laramie in Eastern Wyoming.
I also made a stop at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. I’ve been to Roosevelt National Park before, but I only visited the southern unit, which is about 70 miles away from the northern unit of the park. This time I visited the northern unit and a bit of the southern unit. It was, and remains, one of my favorite national parks in the US. Over the next week as I leave Denver I’ll be visiting more NPS sites in Utah, Colorado. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, on my long term quest to visit all 417 National Park Service Sites in the US.