April links: Trash mountains, Hawaiian farmers and hipster controversies


Only two months until it's time to camp in Denali National Park!


While I continue planning for my June Alaskan adventure, I’m taking a mini-vacation next weekend to Nashville, Tennessee. As a huge music fan, I’m excited to check out the country music culture that permeates the city. I’m not a hardcore fan of today’s country music stars, but you have to appreciate legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley – I can’t wait to visit the studio where these greats recorded and see some of their artifacts.

Does anyone have any other recommendations for places to check out in Nashville? Leave a comment and let me know!

Here are some of my favorite travel links for the month of April.

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Chicago Museum Guide: Five of the Windy City’s Best Museums

Summaries of some of my favorite museums in Chicago. No matter what kind of art or visual creations you’re into, there’s a Chicago museum for you. Check out the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found, vibrant Mexican art, bizarre modern art, or classical Impressionist paintings.

April travel links of interest:

Travel Rinse Repeat: Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach – Let’s Fly Kites on a Mountain of Trash

One of my favorite things in the world is when wasted, abandoned land is turned into useful park space, like with the High Line in New York City. That’s why I really enjoyed this post by John at Travel Rinse Repeat. There’s a park in Virginia that was built on an old landfill. It’s now a skate park, a fishing hole and a running trail. The best part is that they didn’t shy away from its past – they even named it Mount Trashmore!

Bacon is Magic: Where have all the farmers gone?

When you really stop and think about where our food comes from, things get weird. Nobody farms anymore. But somebody has to grow our food, right? Ayngelina writes about the Maui Agricultural Festival while raising the issues of aging farmers, local vs. imported food, and educating the public on the origins of their food.

Migrationology: Oahu Island – Stunning sights and attractions

While we’re on the subject of Hawaii, the last remaining state I have yet to visit, take a look at this video from Mark at Migrationology, who always puts together entertaining visual clips. That horned lizard might be my new favorite animal. What a beautiful place. Okay, that clinches it – when can I book my flight?

Matador Abroad: The crazy shit people carry on bikes in Vietnam

Check out this crazy photo gallery if you haven’t seen it. People in Vietnam carry insane amounts of crap on their bikes. One guy even carries a stack of six other bikes. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen the photographs!

Travel + Leisure: America’s Best Cities for Hipsters

“Hipster” might be the most misunderstood word in the English language. Count Travel + Leisure among those who don’t get it. They counted down America’s Most Hipster Cities, but their list is way off the mark. The most bizarre choice was New Orleans at No. 4. Of all the large American cities I’ve visited, New Orleans is far and away the least hipster. Honestly, it doesn’t even belong in the Top 100. I walked all over that city and literally could not find the hipsters. Simply having cafés, music and bars does not make a city “hipster.”

Travel + Leisure, allow me to recommend an article I wrote a few years back called “What is a hipster?


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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

8 comments on “April links: Trash mountains, Hawaiian farmers and hipster controversies

  1. Yeah, I saw that T&L article on hipsters. Honestly, I’m a firm believer you can find hipsters in every city. But you’re right that some cities are much more hipster than others…. I guess NOLA made the list so high because it’s got that whole quirky/weird vibe….but still kind of an odd list, I think.
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    • To me NOLA had some unique southern charm and a lot of character, but I didn’t see it as particularly quirky or odd, at least not the parts I visited. Austin and Portland, those choices I agree with.

  2. Thanks for the link! I’ll have to disagree on your assessment of New Orleans though. My parents live there so I spend a fair amount of time in the city and boy-oh-boy are there hipsters a plenty there. Maybe I don’t fully understand the term, but I associate it with fixed gear bicycle riding, skinny jeans and vintage clothes wearing, pbr drinking, obscure musical tastes, and whimsical facial hair. If this could be considered hipster, then the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods of New Orleans are bastions of hipster-dom. You won’t see much of it in the French Quarter or Garden District, though.
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    • Yep, that’s exactly how I’d define it. Funny, I stayed for a week in Fauborg-Marigny and never saw any of those people. The bicyclists I saw were all riding granny bikes, no fixed gears anywhere in sight. I saw a few hippies and gutter punk types but no hipsters. How peculiar. Perhaps they’re more underground in New Orleans?

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