International Mountain Day was established to highlight the important part that mountains play in our ecosystem and world. For me it is more personal. Some people prefer the beach, I love being in the mountains. Particularly the Appalachian chain in the eastern US . I've been to several regions in the Rocky Mountains and it … Continue reading International Mountain Day
Whenever we reach a round number anniversary of a notable event the media pulls out all the stops in their coverage and special editions. I have written previously of my experiences on that date in New York City and will, briefly, here again today. But even before I moved to the Big Apple I often … Continue reading Personal Memories on the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001
On this date in 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of my favorite places to be. I recently took another motorcycle trip through my happy place, for the first time with a riding partner. Acie Lee Williams and I had a great time. I was thrilled to introduce him … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Recent and long past rides in the Great Smoky Mountains
Having arrived in Florida in the midst of Hurricane Season, I am keeping a close eye on the tropics, as they say here. Getting here was a bit of a hurricane dance as well. I had precious little control of dates and process after I signed the contract to sell the apartment in New York. … Continue reading A Ramble on avoiding disasters and dancing with Hurricanes
With the wonderful ride I just completed in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, my memories went back to the vacation I took there in 1990. There were lots of wonderful activities but one of my favorites was a white water rafting trip that was both exciting and frustrating. Here is a photo the rafting … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – White Water Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
Sorry that you've been inundated with pictures from the motorcycle trip I have been taking with Acie through the Skyline Drive and the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. There are lots of photos and videos that I must sort through and process later. I will revisit this adventure with new images in the future but two … Continue reading A Fitting Finale to an Epic Adventure
The first day for Acie and I to ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway was generally wonderful. We went from mile 1 heading south to about mile 200. There was a 24 mile detour through Roanoke due to roadwork on the Parkway. Though we had a nice lunch at a place named Macados, we agree … Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway Thunder Storm
I have been looking forward to this morning for a very long time. Today Acie Lee Williams (aka Ace Montana) and I head out on a trip through the Eastern mountain pathways. We start this morning with the Skyline Drive in Northern Virginia, spend several days on the Blue Ridge Parkway and cap it off … Continue reading My epic mountain ryde starts this morning
As mentioned earlier I am taking a special motorcycle ride this summer. It is scheduled to start next week and I hope to post some videos and pictures during the ride. It is scheduled to start at the Skyline Drive in Virginia, include the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and capped with a ride on the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Motorcycle Ride
You may or may not have heard but I am pulling up roots and moving to the state of Florida. I have lived in New York City for more than 23 glorious years and first fell in love with it when I visited when I was just 17 years old. As I was originally born … Continue reading Dual Citizenship, here I come Florida, ready or not
Summer in the USA is the classic time for a road trip and so the Friday before Memorial Day is dedicated to reminding you to make your plans. Sometime this summer I plan to take my motorcycle to my happy place - The Blue Ridge Parkway (and throw in the Skyline Drive in Virginia just … Continue reading National Road Trip Day
On October 14, 1935, a dedication ceremony was held for the brand new Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. It turns 85 years young today and looks amazing for its age! Nestled on a ridge between Inwood and Hudson Heights it has stunning views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. It is home … Continue reading On This Date: Fort Tryon Park Dedication Ceremony!
Autumn motorcycle riding is exhilarating. For various reasons I have not been able to ride my bike lately. That is unfortunate but I hope to address it soon. Meanwhile, I have some terrific memories of rides past. Riding Sylvia the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, here at its highest point. Riding Josephine alongside … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
The first full week of August is National Farmer's Market Week. If you have one in your area it is a good idea to shop there. The produce is locally produced, fresh, often organic and pesticide free. You are helping to support your local economy instead of big agribusiness and you reduce your carbon footprint … Continue reading National Farmer’s Market Week
As warm weather returns, May is designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. If you are out and about on the roads, please watch out for motorcycles and let them ride safely. I wish I could get out but cannot currently. Ironic as it is one of my favorite ways to socially distance myself. While still … Continue reading National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Not that I might catch the COVID-19 virus. I understand the science and know the odds of me specifically becoming ill are very small (especially as I don't get out as much lately). I'm worried that the worries of the general public will harm the theatre business. Not just Broadway here in New York but … Continue reading I’m Worried
Last weekend Pamela and I attended the wedding of her son in Richmond, Virginia. It was a terrific ceremony and a great after-party. I don't know how the honeymoon is going as we weren't invited. The ceremony was held at Richmond's Monumental Church on Broad Avenue. It is historical and not only because it was … Continue reading A Monumental Wedding
Today is National Vinegar Day, that fermented liquid that adds a special acidic note to various foods (and to clean windows - but not our focus today). Why buy mass produced versions when you can get hand crafted products? I know just the place if you travel to New York City. The Filling Station is … Continue reading National Vinegar Day and where to find some of the best in New York City
Personally I'm waiting for National Cake Eating Day as that is my specialty. Regardless how pretty the icing is, it all tastes the same in my tummy. I'm not very good at decorating, but my sister excels at it. She has made some exceptionally pretty designs. If this is your hobby you know that you … Continue reading National Cake Decorating Day
A few days ago I urged you to attend the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park here in Manhattan but bemoaned the fact I could not attend due to my situation trapped in the rehab center. To my absolute delight Pamela arranged for our friend Hannah and her friend Rose to help us out by … Continue reading Surprise! I got to go to the festival!
One day each year Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan is transformed into a festival celebrating Medieval Times with jousting, attractions, performances, crafts, fair food and more. In 2019, it is scheduled for this Sunday, September 29 from 11:30 AM to 6 PM. It is literally next door to where I live and I have … Continue reading Take the ‘A’ Train to the 35th Annual Medieval Festival!
Today is National Lighthouse Day and you can find a very cute little lighthouse very close to where I live in Upper Manhattan, not where you would think to find one. It is nestled under the George Washington Bridge and is rather famous. Below is a picture I snapped when I hiked down to see … Continue reading National Lighthouse Day
There are many ways to die in the big city. Despite the additions of bike lanes and protective infrastructure a record 18 bicycle riders have died on New York City streets so far this year. All of these have come from bicycle/vehicle collisions which never come out well for the two wheel riders. In the … Continue reading PAY ATTENTION! And use the “Dutch Reach”
Every region of America has their unique and unusual culinary traditions. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio which has more than their share of distinctive flavors. One of those is Goetta. It resembles scrapple and other concoctions where butchers and families made use of the entire animal and extended its use with fillers in the … Continue reading Oh, to be in Cincinnati for Glier’s GoettaFest!
It is ironic that BagelFest Day was established by Lender's Bagels (those faux bagels found in your freezer case) as the really good bagels, found right here in New York City, are a far cry than those handy but very cardboard tasting treats. Real NYC bagels are reputedly best due to the city water and … Continue reading National BagelFest Day – TryThis – Ess-A-Bagel