August 5, 2013 |
Can a South Jersey girl pump gas and drive on her own to Maine? That was the question everyone, including myself, asked as I made plans to attend a weeklong writers' conference at the University of Southern Maine. Then I planned to head three hours farther north. It had been nearly 25 years since I was in Brooklin, Maine. I wanted to confirm my memories that Flye Point was one of the most beautiful spots on earth. After the conference, I felt like Rip Van Winkle as I headed out of the Brunswick area on Route 1. I drove across unfamiliar bridges and waterways.
July 29, 2013 |
Too often we overlook the suburbs for the cities in our journeys, and a recent trip to America's heartland highlighted what a mistake that travel philosophy can be. Just 20 minutes west of Chicago lies Oak Park, a Victorian village whose quiet, tree-lined sidewalks belie a curious truth: Oak Park is a serious hotbed of 20th-century artistic Americana. Not one but two American cultural giants, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, have some deep Oak Park roots.
July 22, 2013
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July 22, 2013 |
These are entries - the first and a later one - from Andrew Spence's travel blog at www.andrewspencetravel.blogspot.com , which details his monthlong journey across America. When I told people that I was taking a month off, at the age of 24, to drive around my country, I got one of two reactions - "Wow, that's interesting . . . " (followed by a moment of awkward silence and a puzzled face) or "Wow! That's awesome! I'm so jealous! Where are you going? Can I come? I've always wanted to do that!"
July 18, 2013
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July 16, 2013 |
This time last year, Andrew Forsthoefel was in northern Arizona, camping along the edge of the Grand Canyon. He walked there. From his mother's house in Chadds Ford, about 2,400 miles away. He had been walking for 10 months, having set out across the country on foot in what he called his "coming-of-age journey. " The Delaware County native, now working on a book about his cross-country trip, was walking and meeting strangers, asking for advice about how to move into adulthood, and recording the answers on a digital audio recorder.
July 15, 2013 |
I now understand why so many people I know have visited Israel multiple times. Having just returned from a 12-day visit with my son Noah, daughter Debra, son-in-law Matt, and boyfriend Jon, I can't wait to go back. No other destination I've seen has fueled such emotions in me as this small country. Activities prearranged by my son-in-law and our Israeli guide, Shannie, so packed our days that when we fell into bed at night, exhausted and happy, we could barely recall all that we had done.
July 8, 2013 |
The airport screener called my name, "Merlino," smiled, and with his hand waved me through. I don't know why I was the recipient of such VIP treatment at the Rome airport. His name recognition surprised me. Perhaps in Sicily, my roots, but why Rome? Rome was just a pass-through to and from Sicily. At least Merlino was a good name in Italy, unlike in the Philadelphia region, where it's been tainted by the Mafia. I was on a discovery trip to Sicily. I knew little of my Sicilian roots; only my grandfather visited his first cousins in Sicily.
July 3, 2013 |
Two years ago, as Joey Hines plucked his golf ball out of the cup on the 18th hole at Worcester (Mass.) Country Club, his end-of-round smile was wider than normal. That final putt had concluded not just a round but a 30-year quest for Hines, a North Carolina club professional, who is perhaps the only golfer on earth to have played every U.S. Open course. His odyssey through 49 courses in 17 states - stopping at Merion Golf Club and the two other Philadelphia-area clubs that have hosted Opens - included rounds in mud and sleet, rounds on sun-baked courses and those blanketed by snow, rounds that began at dawn and those that ended in the dark.
July 1, 2013 |
We decided to take a father-son trip into the White Mountains of New Hampshire for day hikes on trails surrounding North Conway, a town in the Mount Washington Valley. The mountains' beauty is breathtaking and places life's priorities in perspective amid life's hurried pace, while providing interesting teaching moments. The first mountain we hiked was 2,800-foot Mount Willard. This three-mile trek was up a rocky trail, with ice near its top. The rising footpath slows hikers down and reminds them to enjoy the beauty.