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.
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!
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”
Visiting a local dairy might not be the most conventional thing to do while traveling, but by now you should know that I'm not a "conventional traveler". Supporting local businesses that provide sustainable food solutions while traveling is a win-win-win
It's easy to accumulate without thinking of where things come from, how they're made, or how many hands touched an item before it settles in your closet to collect dust, but once you start to pay attention, it's impossible not to.
Am I writing for travelers? Bus dwellers? People with chronic illnesses or mental health issues? While each of these niches applies to me and I'm sure there's some overlap, I was having a hard time figuring out who our audience was, and so my posts were all over the board.
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).
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.
We set our sights a bit further down the road to Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. We'd read about Spruce Knob being the highest peak in West Virginia, and Kyle being a former rock climber, and Tobi being from Utah, we had to see this mountain with our own eyes.