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Wanderlust and Lusting for Wanderers at the Great Vacations Travel Expo

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Wanderlust and Lusting for Wanderers at the Great Vacations Travel Expo

If you were to ask, “What’s the centerpiece of the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo?” there would be a few perfectly valid answers. For one thing, there’s the event stage where celebrity guests Darley Newman and Josh Gates deliver presentations of what they’ve learned on their travels. Over there is a collection of luggage designs, […]

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Interview: Darley Newman of “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley”

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Interview: Darley Newman of “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley”

Darley Newman, star and creator of the PBS travel series Equitrekking and Travels with Darley, will appear at the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo in Downtown Columbus this weekend. In this edited interview, Newman shares with Columbus Underground some thoughts about choosing travel destinations and how to get the most out of a journey. Jesse […]

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Adventuring, Learning and Listening in Hocking Hills

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Adventuring, Learning and Listening in Hocking Hills

“We were never here!” – Message left in the guest book of the Sumac Cabin, The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, May 27, 2006 Before Chuck Williams finishes up, he announces to the crowd the next song is gonna be one to sing along to. It’s maybe a risky move, for if you tell […]

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Finding Wilderness in the Hocking Hills

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Finding Wilderness in the Hocking Hills

Park your car. Don’t get in it again. All you need is right here. Hear it. Feel it. Taste it. Touch it. You’ve earned it. – Message left by “JO + SN” in the guest book of the Sumac Cabin, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, November 5, 2005.   You have to lean […]

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Moonshine, Washboards, and One Crazy Woman Built the Hocking Hills

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Moonshine, Washboards, and One Crazy Woman Built the Hocking Hills

As we descend the hill, we leave the warmth of the day and enter the cool hollow. Red cliffs high dressed in ice guard our passage, like soldiers with silver epaulets. The way narrows and twists and puts us face to face with our destiny. – Message left in the guest book of the Sumac Cabin, […]

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Travel: Art and Bourbon Collide at Maker’s Mark Distillery

SusanPost SusanPost Travel: Art and Bourbon Collide at Maker’s Mark Distillery

A three and a half hour straight shot down 71, and we’re not in Ohio anymore, y’all. (Shout out to the Florence Y’all water tower on 71). You’re in bourbon country. Home to iconic baseball bats and the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the quick drive to Louisville makes it ideal for a weekend […]

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Travel: Annapolis Mixes American History with Contemporary Entertainment & Food

Walker Evans Walker Evans Travel: Annapolis Mixes American History with Contemporary Entertainment & Food

Geographically speaking, Annapolis, Maryland has roughly the same population as Delaware, Ohio. That fact alone may make it sound like a strange place for a vacation destination, but in terms of American history and leisure activities, Annapolis punches well above its weight. A representative from their visitors bureau recently reached out to Columbus Underground about […]

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