Category Archives: Travel Writing

V&R Travel: That Crazy Summer of Upper Midwestern Travel

Tweet Road trippin’- All photos by Randy Stern It was the August of 2009. I remember getting into the office of the job I had for four years and noticed a strange energy around it. About half of the staff … Continue reading

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V&R Travel: Detroit – The Very First Time

Renaissance Center

Every year, I try to go to a new destination to visit. Last year was full of exploration within my current home state of Minnesota. I also added Des Moines and the rural parts of Southeastern Iowa and Northeastern Missouri for good measure. This year, aside from further exploration into Minnesota and Wisconsin, I’ve added Detroit as a short weekend stop. Continue reading

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Commentary: The Sacrifice for the Freedom of Movement

Tweet How did we get to this point as a country? I’m sure we got all of the answers available to us. It’s all over social media, the web, traditional electric and print media, too. They range from quiet reflection … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: The Last Train Home

Tweet NOT the last train home… – Photo by Randy Stern Nine years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area taught me a lot. Among the lessons I learned being a Northern Californian involved making the right call when … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Lamenting The Lonely Highway

Tweet Des Moines on a Saturday night. Photo by Randy Stern Sometimes, the romance of the open highway may not be as romantic as I once envisioned. When I was younger, I found myself driving between Southern and Northern California … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Doing Dallas on Earth Day

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern If travel is a challenge – let the games begin! On Earth Day, I partook of a challenge that had been swimming in my head for years. The challenge is to do a day … Continue reading

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Travelogue: What is a “Good Trip?”

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern What constitutes a good trip? That all depends on the traveler, really. Commonly, we all want a hassle-free experience from the time we leave home to our return. How that is measured is an … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: A Pivotal Moment in My D.C. Life

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern As Easter approaches, we are reminded by the many ways the world celebrates it. Whether we wake up to express our faith or to follow other traditions identified with that date, Easter symbolizes the possibilities … Continue reading

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Duluth sans voiture

Tweet The 10:00AM Greyhound Minneapolis-bound express ready to pull out for from the Duluth station. All photos by Randy Stern Intercity buses. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they provide a key link to smaller communities for travelers who do not … Continue reading

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Travelogue: New Roads Found in The Carolinas

Tweet The Blue Ridge Parkway – All Photo by Randy Stern New adventures, new opportunities…these are what I always worked hard to achieve. This seems to be the theme of this work on this site of late. So far in … Continue reading

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