Scranton, Pennsylvania

Industrial Muscle War Production During 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...

The Grand Canyon PA

The Grand Canyon Pennsylvania! Pine Creek Rail Trail There 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...

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

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...

Maryland’s Atlantic Coast

Marylands Atlantic Coast Photo Trip Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Think 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...

Kauai

Kauai Get out there! 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,...

Unique Montreal

Unique Montreal Start with the Old Town 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...

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

Arkansas Obeservations 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...

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

Austin 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...

USA – Newport, Rhode Island

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...