As you may have guessed, I like to travel and explore by bicycle, foot, and car. I’ve taken many bicycling trips, mostly with groups, including one epic, month-long tour (see “Then”). I also enjoy road trips by car along back roads, historic routes, and coastal highways. I like ambling through natural areas and neighborhoods and especially along coasts and shores; exploring parks, preserves, and refuges; staying in historic lodges or quirky motels and inns; and discovering neat small towns with great architecture and ambiance. I walk boardwalks wherever I find them and seek out museums, aquariums, nature centers, gardens, and historic sites.
Some random facts about me:
- I was a writer-editor for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for over 28 years, mainly working on exhibits.
- I grew up in Western New York, moved to Boston, and now live in Bethesda, Maryland, about a 10-mile bicycle commute from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
- My favorite regions to visit are New England and New York, Florida, the West Coast, the great national parks of the West, and, now and then, Hawaii.
- I’ve visited more than 100 national parks across about 30 states and stayed in most of the historic national park lodges.
- My all-time favorite travel books remain John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and David Lamb’s Over the Hills: A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle, a book that changed my life.
Many thanks to historian/educator Tim Grove, whose fine blog historyplaces inspired me to give blogging a try.