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The Canadian!

Vancouver to Toronto By Train Trees…great scenery, mountains, prairies….trees…history, geography topography…trees…photography, trains, massive trains…trees…multiple 3 course meals, random enlightening conversations, moonlit snow…trees…searching for Northern Lights...

James River Virginia Plantations

Movers & ShakersThe owners moved into politics pretty quickly and for a long time played pivotal roles in early American Independence.  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

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 is shown and is...

Maine’s North West

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

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 surfaced and along the way...

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

Presidio and Golden Gate BridgeMuch 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) with free, (yes free) Shuttles from the nearby city center.  We were going to walk across...

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 MontrealOld 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 PostsThe Canadian! Puerto Rican Nature James River Virginia Plantations Scranton, Pennsylvania Missouri – Show Me! The Grand Canyon PA San Francisco Off Peak Mount Washington Climb Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Alexander Hamilton...

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), you will find his boyhood home.   ‘Hope’ seems a pretty inappropriately named town nowadays, as the...

Austin, (somehow) Texas

  Above: LBJ  Presidential Library.  Well worth an afternoons visit   Left: The Capitol Austin Silicon Valley oof Texas Sometimes called ‘the Silicon Valley’ of Texas nowadays, following the boom of the last 5 years Austin has the feel of a city, coming...

Daisy & FDR

The Hudson Valley:  A Parade of Views Getting Out of New York If visiting New York City from outside the country or from another State, it is well worth taking time out to travel up the east side of the River Hudson.  It all starts no more than than 70 miles north of...

Acadia

First Things First. When to go? Acadia off peak.  Since 1916 visitor numbers have grown so that today in summer it can be really, really congested.  Even in mid June, when some sights are not even open, many of the popular parking lots (eg at lighthouses &...

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport – Off Peak  Rationalizing the Gilded Era. New Year in Newport, New Year in Newport, Rhode Island.  Known for its sailing, America’s Cup and the Tennis Hall of Fame (which is actually open year round) Newport proved to be a surprisingly easy,...