About Me

RenadaD-44I took the first trip I remember when I was five years old. It was a family vacation in a rented RV from Southern Oregon in the USA to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The chosen route went northwest up through Victoria, British Columbia, over to Banff National Park and Lake Louise, then home. The only thing I specifically remember is the destination and my baby brother’s bassinet in the RV.

Over the years, my mom filled in the rest of the details including my sister’s bee sting, the RV’s leaky roof, and the final breakdown that required a rescue by relatives in Seattle.

However, that wasn’t the first time I travelled. I was one month old when I first rode on an airplane, so I’ve has been travelling almost literally since birth. In the intervening years, I have been to 4 territories, 15 countries, and 37 states, and the list continues to grow.

Based in the Chicagoland area, I write about places that locals take for granted, and that visitors probably don’t know about when they come to the Chicago area. Places like the country’s first organic distillery, an outdoor ale festival that happens every February; or small state park 90 miles west of Chicago that gets approximately 2.5 million visitors per year.

I firmly believe that you can go away for eight hours (or less), experience something out of your normal day-to-day life, and return home feeling as if you had been on vacation. Whenever possible I also explore and write about the broader Midwest and never misses a chance to use her passport.

I am currently working on her MA in English/Professional Writing at Northern Arizona University. Additional samples of my travel-related writing can be found here:

“Rhetoric in Travel Writing” blog entries: www.along66.wordpress.com

“Writing for Digital Audiences”

When Renada isn’t writing or travelling, she enjoys reading, making ice cream, and hiking.