2013 was a year of learning for me, a year full of firsts. Fairly new to travel writing, having only begun to write regularly for Examiner.com in the fall of 2012, and having started my own Midwest Wanderer blog in May 2013, I went through the trials and tribulations that new technologies bring, and I’m still learning. Heavens knows I’ve made more than my share of social media blunders and I’m certain there will be more. But most of my firsts have been wonderful experiences in the exciting world of travel and travel writing. Here are some of them:
Stepped out onto the Willis Tower Ledge, with just a piece of glass between my feet and the ground 1,353 feet below, facing my fear of heights
Zip lined, underground no less, at the Louisville Mega Cavern, another challenge to my phobia
Went horseback riding at the Natural Valley Ranch, actually my second time on horseback but the first time in a downpour
Stayed in a bed and breakfast, the Summers Riverview Mansion
Experienced the paranormal (just a whiff of perfume, but it was unmistakable) on the Alton Hauntings Walking Tour
Attended a polo match at the Oak Brook Polo Club
Parasailed on the Mississippi and Kayaked on the Rock River. You’ll find out more about both this spring.
Besides all the firsts, I’ve discovered museums, theaters, shops, markets, parks, restaurants, wineries and more in small towns throughout the Midwest, many towns that I didn’t even know existed. But best of all are the people I’ve met, from tourism bureau reps and fellow travel writers to shop owners, museum curators, other travelers, so many more I’ve crossed paths with, and especially you, my readers.
I’m looking forward to more new experiences in 2014 and to sharing them with you, to help you in your search of great places to wander.
Happy New Year and safe travels.
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