James River Virginia Plantations

Movers & ShakersThe owners moved into politics pretty quickly and for a long time played pivotal roles in early American Independence and they clearly all moved in the same circles.  Berkely Plantation was the home of President Harrison (he is the one who delivered a...

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Industrial Muscle War ProductionDuring the American Civil War (1861-65) Scranton produced much of the iron needed to fight the war as well as weaponry from the ammunition factory (which to this day produces drones for the Army).  The early Iron Ore production building...

Maine’s North West Lakes & Mountains

Beautiful healthy Maine FoxCarrabasset Valley ME Narrow GuagePhillips ME River streamRiver stream Water FountainWater Fountain Rangeley LakeSunset Rangeley LakeSunset and stars Milky Way and moreRangeley ME Do Not Get In My WayKingfield Maine FireySunset...

The Grand Canyon PA

The Grand Canyon Pennsylvania! Pine Creek Rail TrailThere is a 62 mile cycling trail along the bottom of the valley, from the curiously named town of ‘Jersey Shore’ to the gem of a little town, Wellsboro at the northern end.  Being an old rail line it is flat and well...

Private Cable Car Ride

San Francisco A Private Trip A Cracking Cable RideMidweek, late January travel has its benefits. The weather of San Francisco’s winters is famously mild and so I had pottered down to the starting point of the Powell Mason Cable Car in Fishermans Wharf and I...

San Francisco Off Peak

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." San Francisco Off Peak Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge Much of the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge area is run by the National Parks Service, NPS,(so it is well explained, signed and easy to get around)...

Mount Washington Climb

Above:   Rime Ice   forming and nearing the summit. First Steps!I had been slow to accept the invite to climb Mt Washington as when my daughter was in Elementary School a friend’s father had perished on it during a winter climb.  Finally though, knowing I was in the...

Maryland’s Atlantic Coast

Maryland’s Atlantic CoastThink of Maryland’s Atlantic 79 mile  Coastline? Likely the playful Ocean City, first comes to mind, with its 12 or so miles of wide beach, hotels and all sorts or entertainment.  As fun and as American as this all is there is more, starting...

Kauai

Tsuyuko Hironaka and Other VisitorsIn the 1880s a few hundred Japanese came to Kauai in search of work and ended up working in sugar plantations.  Clearly families developed and stayed.  I photo’d one gravestone in the Japanese Cemetery at Eleele, that of Tsuyuko...

Unique Montreal

Explore Early Montreal Old Port of Montreal: if you are visiting outside of the pleasant summer period you might well gain a new respect of the hardships early settlers experienced – my, it gets really cold in Montreal in winter!  From experience I can tell you it is...

North America

Arcadia National Park. Maine North America PostsScranton, Pennsylvania Maine’s North West Lakes & Mountains Missouri – Show Me! The Grand Canyon PA San Francisco Off Peak Mount Washington Climb Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Alexander Hamilton and Paterson Great Falls...

Arkansas Observations

The Clinton Trail If so inclined you can trace the early years of President Bill Clinton.  Born near the rail tracks in Hope (now an NPS Visitor Center), then a mile his boyhood home.   Hope seems a pretty inappropriately named town nowadays as the center seemed to be...

Austin, somehow in Texas

Preparation:  3 Tips check Princeton Historical Society for its Guided Walks on offer check with the University for what concerts might be on for when you are visiting – many are free plan to allow a good part of a day; make sure you have a detailed map...

Austin, (somehow) in Texas

  Above: LBJ  Presidential Library.  Well worth an afternoons visit   Left: The Capitol Austin Three Things to Prepare Check out to see what is on in Austin. It hosts a range of events from the American Forumla 1 Racing, ACL ,‘Austin City Limits’, loads of...

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport – Off Peak Winter Destination?  Rationalizing the Gilded Era. Preparation, 3 Tips: Check out the Pass options available to visit the Mansions Seems if you want to go to the well know Black Pearl Restaurant you’ll need to reserve Check out the ferry...