Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Tom Wilmer's award-winning shows travel from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating a micro light above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific.
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Tom Wilmer's award-winning shows travel from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating a micro light above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific.

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Journeys of Discovery: Carbon neutral initiatives at Camp San Luis Obispo

The base commander at California National Guard base Camp San Luis talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the process of becoming the first military base in America to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality. Initiatives include installation of extensive rooftop solar arrays, 40 electric vehicle charging stations, replacing gasoline powered vehicles with electric power sources, and transitioning to 100 percent LED lighting inside buildings and for exterior lighting.

Journeys of Discovery: Carbon neutral initiatives at Camp San Luis Obispo

Journeys of Discovery: Safe vacationing in Door County, Wisconsin

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications at Destination Door County . Jarosh explains how Door County, Wisconsin has cultivated a motivated COVID-aware tourism sector that goes to great lengths to ensure safe social-distancing, wearing masks and promoting safe outdoor dining and activity venues. Door County has been a favored vacation destination for families across the Midwest for more than a century. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, biking, boating,

Journeys of Discovery: Door County's White Gull Inn and Midwest's largest lavender farm

Reporting from Door County , Wisconsin, correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Meredith Coulson-Kanter, innkeeper at the historic White Gull Inn , which has been catering to guests in Fish Creek since 1896. Next up is a visit with Martine and Edgar Anderson, owners of Fragrant Isle , the Midwest's largest lavender farm located on Washington Island.

Journeys of Discovery: Door County's White Gull Inn and Midwest's largest lavender farm

Journeys of Discovery: Nurturing community at Kick Ash Coffee and traveling safe in Door County

Carol and Christian Ash share tales of their Kick Ash coffee house in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. In the midst of COVID-19 their business, in addition to serving killer coffee and gluten-free pastries, has become a community gathering spot via their remote workplace with high-speed Internet. Come along and join the conversation as correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Carol and Christian Ash. Next up, Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications at Destination Door County , shares insights into how Door

Journeys of Discovery: Nurturing community at Kick Ash Coffee and traveling safe in Door County

Journeys of Discovery: Why a Door County diner and a brewery thrive in midst of COVID-19

Karen Berndt, owner of Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin talks about the reasons why the historic business is thriving in the midst of COVID-19. A combination of ample outdoor dining and a dedicated staff, attentive to proper social/health protocol are essential aspects of their success in maintaining a viable business. Samuel Gallitz, sales manager at the One Barrel Brewing Company 's Egg Harbor, Wisconsin brewpub shares insights about their ever-changing array of

Journeys of Discovery: Why a Door County diner and a brewery thrive in midst of COVID-19

Journeys of Discovery: Mark Twain called Louisiana's capitol "the ugliest thing on the Mississippi"

Mark Twain was reputed to say that Louisiana's state capitol was "the ugliest thing on the Mississippi." Maybe it's a matter of time and distance, but today lots of people think the former capitol building in Baton Rouge is extraordinarily enchanting, with powerful neo-Gothic medieval castle motifs accented with twin crenellated turrets. This show was originally broadcast May 9, 2019 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 30th anniversary

Journeys of Discovery: Mark Twain called Louisiana's capitol "the ugliest thing on the Mississippi"

Journeys of Discovery: Legend of the Tennessee moonshiner who invented Long Island Iced Tea

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jamie Cyphers, the great-great-granddaughter of Kingsport, Tennessee moonshiner Charles "Old Man" Bishop, who reportedly first concocted Long Island Iced Tea back in the 1920s. Wilmer also stops in for a visit with two Kingsport professional bartenders , Shane Winegar and Randy Ashens, who challenged New York mix-masters to a competition to determine which region makes the best Long Island Iced Tea, irrespective of origin.

Journeys of Discovery: Legend of the Tennessee moonshiner who invented Long Island Iced Tea

Journeys of Discovery: Paralympic goalball in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Associate producer Rebecca Nolan reports from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she learns about goalball—a team sport designed specifically for blind athletes. Lisa Czechowski has always been athletic. Even though she had a hard time seeing, even a child, that never stopped her playing soccer or basketball with her brothers. She never thought she had any limitations.

Journeys of Discovery: Wisconsin's glacial moraine hikes to exotic autos and fishing, of course

Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the region around Elkhart Lake , Wisconsin. Environmental educator Jackie Scharfenberg provides insights about the "Ice Age Legacy" at Kettle Moraine State Forest . Additional visits include: Gary Henschel's family-owned Indian Museum and Trout Farm The Throttlestop exotic car collection Jay Brickner's Guide Service lake fishing trip on Elkhart Lake

Journeys of Discovery: Wisconsin's glacial moraine hikes to exotic autos and fishing, of course

Journeys of Discovery: Green Bay's historic wooden roller coaster and Packer's football, of course

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he explores why Green Bay Packers fans, self-proclaimed "cheeseheads," are among the most passionate in the entire NFL. Wilmer also explores the G reen Bay Botanical Gardens , the National Railroad Museum, Bay Beach Amusement Park (where classic rides like the tilt-o-whirl cost just twenty five cents), and the Green Bay Boohyah Collegiate League baseball team.

Journeys of Discovery: Green Bay's historic wooden roller coaster and Packer's football, of course

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