I’M QUINCY KOETZ

An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz

Cozy Winter Weekend in Galena

First time spending time in Galena in the Winter! Galena embodies the timelessness of Midwestern Americana In somewhat of a departure from my usual bouts of intense outdoor adventures, we decided to take a pleasant weekend in Galena for the holidays. We’ve been several times during the summer months and spend nearly the entire vacation...

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Hiking Winston Tunnel, Galena Illinois

Winston Tunnel in Northwestern Illinois is a rail-turned-hiking trail that has some resemblence to the more famous “Tunnel of Love” in Ukraine.  Nature quickly reclaimed these abandoned railroad tracks Galena easily makes the list of the most beautiful places in Illinois and the Midwest. We’ve always been drawn to its rural c...

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Hiking Charles Mound, Illinois Highpoint

Note: This is a hike on private land that grants public access ONLY on certain weekends per year. Though not the only highpoint on private land, this is the only high point that literally involves walking near the landowner’s home. PLEASE respect the landowner’s graciousness in allowing hikers to travel to this spot during the...

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Unexpected Delights of Millennial Life in Chicago

Some unforeseen but welcome aspects of mid-twenties life in Chicago. Home It was a bit of a culture shock to move from Southern Maine to downtown Chicago. Just about everything other than the weather is different. I confess I had more fears than anything moving to the largest city in the Midwest.  Maine had been a place...

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