On 51

On 51 It’s been an interesting year.  As I look back on it in the last couple of hours of my 51st year, I’m generally pleased with where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and who I’ve spent my time with.  My 51st trip around the sun brought me to new places near and far, allowed…

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones Portsmouth, New Hampshire is an old town by North American standards.  Settled in 1630, it played a notable role in the American Revolution.  Paul Revere rode here from Boston to warn the town that the British were coming – by sea – to bombard them.  With a great harbor and a ready…

On Pileated Woodpeckers

On Pileated Woodpeckers As birds go, there’s no better song than that of the pileated woodpecker calling out to its mate.  For the northeast, this is as exotic a bird call as we’re going to get.  These birds are huge, approaching 20 inches in height.  They feed on ants and beetle larvae in deciduous trees….

Jupiter Rising

Jupiter Rising April 22nd and change is in the air.  Spring is finally here.  With it come the return of the peepers, buds on the trees and pollen.  The puffiness in my eyes betray the rise in pollen counts.  But I’ll accept the discomfort to push aside a stubborn winter. The night sky is changing…

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips In my travels I have a few standbys that I order; salads, fish tacos and fish & chips.  Sure, deep fried food isn’t the best option for my waistline, but sometimes you just need to spoil yourself.  Salads get boring, fish tacos get messy, and I just don’t want to eat that…

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The Beer Run

The last twenty years has seen an explosion in micro brewing.  There was a time when I talked about starting a brewery myself, and sometimes I wonder what might have been.  Some of the breweries from the late 1990’s have come and gone, others sold out to the mass market brewers, and a few have…

The Merritt

The Merritt Running from the New York border to the Housatonic River and opened 80 years ago this year, the Merritt Parkway has maintained a nostalgic charm even as the volume of cars traveling on it test its limits.  Sure. I’m talking about a highway, but this one has personality. The Merritt was completed in…

Cod Tongue

Cod Tongue Newfoundland doesn’t waste time flirting with you – its beauty drops your jaw to your chest at first sight.  The flight into St John’s reveals the rugged coastline and the rolling ocean swells that define it.  Cape Spear is easy to find with its old lighthouse and its newer replacement reaching up to…