Category Archives: Musings and More

“Roadside Attractions” at the U.S. Botanic Garden

For the second year in a row, the “Season’s Greenings” holiday display at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., has a travel theme. Last year it was “National Parks and Historic Places.” This year it is “Roadside Attractions.” The … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C., 1969

My First Trip to Washington When I was a kid, most of my family’s overnight travels involved visiting relatives or attending my father’s annual army reunion, trips within a day’s drive or so from our Western New York home. But … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C., 1953

A Road Map of the Past Spread before me is a “Road Map and Visitor’s Guide” to Washington, D.C., and vicinity, published by Esso Standard Oil Company in 1953. Esso and its competitors provided such maps free of charge to … Continue reading

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A Cross-Country Tour with a Different Spin

A Hole in the Wind:  A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States David Goodrich, 2017 In 2011 David Goodrich celebrated his recent retirement by bicycling from Delaware to Oregon. He wasn’t a newcomer to bicycle travel. Goodrich had … Continue reading

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Florida Before Theme Parks

Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida Cathy Salustri, 2016 At the depth of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the federal Works Progress Administration created a program to put unemployed writers, librarians, teachers, and historians to work … Continue reading

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