Total Solar Eclipse 2017 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Total solar eclipse Jackson Wyoming 2017

This year’s summer vacation orbited around the Super Bowl of astronomical events: a total solar eclipse. A few years ago I read that there would be an eclipse over the U.S in 2017. I knew then that’d I’d make it a point to see it under any circumstances. At the time, 2017 was still some unknowable and far-off date in the future. You can’t make reservations years in advance on Expedia. So I stashed away my plans until the date drew […]

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First month with my drone

Flying drone over the Hudson River at Cold Spring, NY

“Hey are you getting some good shots with that drone?” I turn around to see a police car inching past me. He asks me to land it. I comply, shaking my head as I realize I will not be getting the shots I wanted of the Croton Dam. He makes small talk, a nice guy. But he checks my license and writes down my FAA drone registration number. I ask if it’s illegal to fly the drone here, to which […]

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Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

First Congregational Church Washington

Two hours from Manhattan are the beautiful green hills, small towns, and solace of the Litchfield Hills, in northwestern Connecticut. The area is true New England, with beautiful forests, white churches from the 1700s, and quaint main streets. We were up in this part of Connecticut to take advantage of a wedding gift we received last year for a two-night stay at the Mayflower Grace hotel in Washington, CT. It’s a gorgeous property dating back to the 1700s. The meticulously […]

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Southern Utah’s rugged beauty at Amangiri

The American Southwest is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s majestic and ancient, a time capsule of sand and rock. There aren’t many places like it in the world. I’m just back from a short trip to southern Utah, where we stayed at Amangiri (part of the Aman hotel group), a hotel nestled in a valley between orange, red, and grey mesas as tall as a skyscraper. There are a bunch of activities to choose from at the hotel, like […]

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Newburgh, NY

The Hudson Valley renaissance is underway, with towns like Cold Spring, Garrison, Beacon, and Peekskill attracting a lot of attention from the well-heeled looking to scoop up property, chefs opening up restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients and distillers and brewers looking for suitable spots to concoct their creations. Some liken the New York State’s Lower Hudson Valley to Germany’s Rhine River valley, with its riverside villages and towns, steep hillsides, and vineyards. Newburgh, the second largest in New York State’s […]

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American art

My wife and I visited the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York this weekend. Formerly located on the Upper East Side, the Whitney moved to its new location in the Meatpacking District in May of 2015. The museum is situated at the southern end of the High Line, a hugely popular outdoor park built atop an elevated section of abandoned  railway. This whole area of Manhattan has blown up (in a good way) over the past decade and […]

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Central Park Muppet photo shoot

My wife and I refer to our two rescue dogs, Annie and Ollie, as the Muppets. Like the beloved characters, our dogs are mismatched orphans with unique personalities and a talent for entertaining. Ollie, who is six, is a well-traveled terrier-dachsund mix with a Napoleon complex. He is a great companion dog, cute as can be. Just about everyone that passes him on the street gives him a little smile. If only we could get him to stop barking at […]

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West Virginia’s National Coal Heritage Trail

Coal may not be king anymore in West Virginia but its physical imprints can still be seen all over the southern part of the state, the site of my latest road trip from Washington, DC. I traveled to this part of the country specifically to tour the National Coal Heritage Area, which covers 13 counties in the heart of Appalachia. Through this region runs the 187 mile-long Coal Heritage Trail, one of 126 distinct roads, or byways, in the United […]

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Paterson Great Falls

Paterson Great Falls Bridge

Paterson, New Jersey, about 15 miles west of New York City, is the site of the spectacular natural feature called the Great Falls. 77 feet high and almost the length of a football field, this series of waterfalls along the Passaic River set the city of Paterson on its course in history. The hydroelectric power generated by the falls allowed the city to become an industrial powerhouse and earn the moniker “Silk City”. In the 19th century and early 20th, […]

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Couch archaeology in Western New York State

I love old geography and travel books. I bought a few on Ebay last year and enjoyed browsing through their yellowed, flimsy pages and dated writing. At Strand Bookstore in Union Square in New York City, I found a 1851 book by archaeologist and newspaper editor Ephraim George Squier with the funny title “Antiquities of the State of New York: Being the results of extensive original surveys and explorations, with a supplement on the antiquities of the West.” Taking the […]

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