Places To See: Detroit Z-Lot

When you think of places to look at art, you probably think of museums, art parks, even bars & boutiques. In fact, I'd wager to guess that a parking garage would be the last place anyone would think to travel to to view one-of-a-kind pieces from artist all over the world. Unless, of course, you're in Detroit. Detroit's Z-lot may sound like an ordinary parking structure to outsiders, but this 10-story lot set in the heart of the city is anything but.

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Charlottesville Off The Beaten Path

I recently spent a month in Charlottesville, VA, and was able to take my time exploring the city and living like a local. While Charlottesville is well known for its historical attractions (I'm looking at you, Monticello), It has much to offer aside from the typical tourist experience. I narrowed down my favorite Charlottesville Off The Beaten Path locations, shown here in no particular order. Check them out for yourself!

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Why Eco-Travel

Eco-travel simply means traveling with the earth and it’s inhabitants in mind. The International Eco-Tourism Society defines it as : “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” The principles of Eco-Travel are intended to “unite conservation, communities, and sustainable travel”

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Princeton, NJ - Brooklyn, NY

While we were loosely planning this trip, we came across a campsite in Brooklyn at Floyd Bennett Field. We were both pretty stoked and bewildered at the idea of camping in Brooklyn, and had no idea what to expect. On our way to FBF, we looked into booking options so we could be sure we’d have a place to park. The website said, “reserve online,” but it also said “reservations for this campsite cannot be made online” so we decided to wing it. The kiosks at the entrance to the park were vacant, so we just parked in an empty spot, and figured if park security came by, we’d deal with it (they didn’t).

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Edgewater, NJ - Princeton, NJ

As soon as we got to J. Isobel's, our energy shifted. We were a bit road-weary and I was experiencing a seriously pain flare, but the moment she literally bounced into view, everything felt a bit... lighter. Izzy is one of the sweetest, most exciting people I know. She is bright and happy and incredibly friendly, but she's also chock full of stories from the bizarre to the down right creepy, which is directly reflected in her studio set up.

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Tobi Newson
Waldorf, MD - Edgewater Park, NJ with special guest: Middletown, DE

The GPS said it'd take a little over 3.5 hours. We took a route that's a bit longer than the suggested one, but we wanted to avoid traffic in Baltimore and DC, and figured the "longer" route would take less time overall. There's no way to know how long we would have sat in traffic if we took the suggested route, but we ended up spending our afternoon crawling though a bottleneck jam at the entrance to the Bay Bridge. The obvious downside was waiting for hours to be able to pay our toll and cross, but there were definite upsides, too.

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I Can't Make This Crap Up

On Thursday (May 17th) we woke up and got ready to head out of C-ville. We filled the water jug for our pump sink, emptied our grey water, took out the trash, and prepared to empty the port-a-potty for the first time. Kyle had been teasing me that morning that he "does all the work" (which, if I'm honest, he does do the bulk of the heavy lifting) so I volunteered to do the job that both of us had been dreading since we bought the bus.

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Monticello Wine Tour

I’ll be honest with you - I don't know what I like more; wine or beer. I enjoy them both equally and in moderation, so, as you might guess, I was very excited to go on a wine tour with Cali by Monticello Wine Tour & Coach.

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