August 2007: This is the first of a three-part gallery chronicling my Northern Road Trip (NRT) with Kristina Caggiano and Manuchehr Taghizadeh-Popp. Starting alone in Chicago, I walked Michigan Avenue and paid my first visit to the famous Superdawg hot dog eatery. After quick passes through Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, we spent time in St. Paul/Minneapolis where we toured both downtown and the areas near the Mississippi River where the Route 35 bridge had collapsed just days before. Particularly memorable was the conversation we had with some homeless people who had lived under the bridge and who told us that they knew the collapse was imminent. Next, we made the LONG journey into the northern Minnesota wilderness to Boundary Waters, a leave-no-trace preserve that required a two hour canoe ride through illness to get to our lake. This gallery ends with images of Fargo, North Dakota, the sunflower fields of the central Dakotas, Wind Cave’s unique boxwork features, and the incomparable Badlands, the otherworldly landscape where mountains seem to rise straight out of the plains. Photos of mountain goats climbing the hills during a spectacular sunset remain some of my favorite to this day.