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About The Travel Wench

Michelle Grabuski is travel blogger that is interested in seeing historical sites, especially castles, and nature and marine and wildlife related travel, including snorkeling and scuba diving. I enjoy trying local food and drinks when I am exploring another country.

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #5 – Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog slet team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog sled team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Today was the 26th annual Mid-Minnesota 150 dog sled race from Remer to Outing and back. The teams left Remer and headed to Outing where they all took about an hour long break before continuing on. During the mandatory rest stop, the dogs were checked over to make sure they were OK to continue racing. The dogs were extremely excited to race and had to be held back before being released. More pictures to follow shortly.

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #4 – Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany near the town of Füssen. Construction was started in September of 1869 commissioned by King Ludwig II. He used his own money to finance the project, but then began borrowing money from Bavaria. He would change the plans, which would delay the process. Construction was still not completed at the time of his mysterious death in 1886. Within a few weeks, the scaffolding was removed and the castle cleaned up enough to start receiving tourists, so the country could recoup some of their finances. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #3 – Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014, Brainerd, Minnesota

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014

The Brainerd Jacyees wanted to create an event to raise money for local charities, so they came up with an idea for an ice fishing contest. Their first Ice Fishing Extravaganza was held in January 1991 and has grown every year since making it the largest ice fishing contest in the world. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #2 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After sunset in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After sunset in Cabo

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in the Baja California Sur is one of Mexico’s many popular tourist destinations. There are so many activities to enjoy in Cabo, both above and below the water. Enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, relaxing on the beach or taking a whale watching cruise catching a glimpse of the sea lions on the way out. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #25 – Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska is a census-designated place 2 1/2 hours north of Anchorage that had a population of 876 at the time of the 2010 census. It is just east of where three rivers meet: Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna. If you walk west on Main Street and continue past the end of the road, you come to the river (this is the edge of Talkeetna) where you can see Mt. McKinley. Downtown Talkeetna is a National Historic Site. I enjoyed walking around Talkeetna after a great lunch at the Denali Brewing Company restaurant. We walked to the river and enjoyed the view, the fresh air, the crystal clear river rolling by and just being in Alaska! Check out more about my visit here: Alaskan Adventures. Alaska was my 50th state checked off my list, some would say I saved the best for last. What is your favorite US State?

Xel-Ha – The World’s Largest Natural Aquatic Park



Xel-Há is a 22 acre natural aquatic park in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Visiting Xel-Há as a cruise ship excursion, as my friend and I did, is not a good idea. Knowing all of the wonderful activities I missed really hurts! I think you could spend two or three days here to really have the time to explore everything. One full day for sure, minimum. Continue reading

Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Temple of the Frescos at Tulum

Temple of the Frescos

The ancient ruins of Tulum are situated 39 feet above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Tulum was at its peak between the 13th-15th centuries AD and was one of the last Mayan cities. It is surrounded on three sides by rock walls and the fourth side by the ocean. The word Tulum means “wall, trench, or fence” in Maya, and was an ideal location for sea and land trade routes. Continue reading

Diving in Cozumel

Divers at Paso del Cedral dive site in Cozumel, Mexico

Divers at Paso del Cedral

Cozumel was my first an only dive trip, and it was fantastic. I am still a beginning diver since the time in between my dives is so long and I’ve done just under 30 dives. Pretty weak. When I went to Cozumel, my biggest fear was the regulator coming out of my mouth. During my certification Continue reading