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  • Michigan travelblog: Mount Pleasant is named half-right

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    We drove into Mount Pleasant, Mich., about 3 p.m. and soon enough figured out it was half right. I saw no mounts. If Mount Pleasant is at high altitude, it’s a gradual climb. The only mount I’ve been on this week is the three or four blocks of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive that rise above...

  • Chicago travelblog: Wearing the Clemente shirt to Wrigley Field

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The Dish told me not to wear the Roberto Clemente shirt. She said the Reds were playing the Cubs, so why would I invoke the Pirates into the mix? I usually do what the Dish says, but alas, I was otherwise out of short-sleeved shirts. Temperatures were forecast for the high 80s Wednesday. The...

  • Chicago travelblog: Reuniting with an old friend

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    One of the cool things about a big city is the people who live there. Not the millions of people you don’t know. The few people that you do know. Think about it. New York, Chicago, LA, wherever. Most of us know somebody who lives in those Gothams, either through professional acquaintance or...

  • Chicago travelblog: Feeling small in the Museum of Science & Industry

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Scientists are smart. Really smart. Perhaps I’m not the first to make that proclamation. But just in case you weren’t sure, take a tour through one of Chicago’s greatest attractions, the Museum of Science & Industry. That’s what the Dish and I did Monday, hard by Lake Michigan, five...

  • Chicago travelblog: Following the trail of Eliot Ness

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    We love Chicago. I first came in 1994, returned in 1999, both times for only a few hours on the way to somewhere else, and determined I was going to bring the Trish the Dish back. And so I did. In 2000. And she brought me back for conferences in 2001, 2005 and 2008. Then we returned in 2010 for...

  • Colorado travelblog: The biggest skillet you've ever seen

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Our final day in Colorado began with a heater. It ended with a campfire. Both felt awfully good. It was 50 degrees Friday morning when I popped out of bed and zipped into South Fork. We had run out of paper towels Thursday night, and you can’t go wrong with 14 people in a cabin and no paper...

  • Colorado travelblog: A train ride to the Burrito Brothers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Trains are an American obsession. Probably because we don’t have to ride them much. Trains don’t make a lot of sense west of Baltimore. Too vast a country. Spread-out cities. A culture that was built with the automobile. You meet a lot of people that want America to be like Europe and rely...

  • Colorado travelblog: New Mexico sunset a new pleasure

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Our Colorado vacation got started several hours late Saturday. We always leave for Colorado early on a Saturday morning, because it’s a full day drive, a hard drive, and we don’t want to be wiped out when we get there. But Saturday morning, we had a funeral that we couldn’t miss, so we changed...

  • Northwest Oklahoma travelblog: How I made it to Longdale

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are...

  • Celebrities and their travel Instagrams

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    For the most part it's a pretty good deal to be a celebrity.  Most of them are rich. They are liked. And they get special attention wherever they go. Sure, there is a downside to fame, like stalkers, and TMZ, but for the most part it's a pretty good gig. So it should be no surprise...

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Retired online editor Marcy Williams blogs about travels -- planning and preparing for them and the best of sights to see.