Category: Travel

Roaming Parkers 2018-2019 Travel writing

After we got back from Kilimanjaro in January 2018, we declared that our next several destinations would have to be tropical, sea-level, and flat – so we started brainstorming destinations based on those criteria. But, as usual, we didn’t do too good with those criteria. In fact, we […]

Minuit’s Giant Tulip Tree

There is an apocryphal story that in May of 1626, Dutch trader, Peter Minuit met with the Lenape Indians of Manhattan in the shade of a huge tulip tree (Liriodendron Tulipera) and traded them about $20 worth of beads and trinkets for all of Manhattan Island. Last time […]

Fort Vancouver

Starting in the late 1600’s, the Hudson Bay Company was commissioned by King Charles II to explore, administer, and find ways to exploit much of North America.  Their domain was defined to be the entire drainage basin of the Hudson Bay (most of eastern and central present-day Canada) but […]

Revolution in Manhattan

When you think of Manhattan, you might think of the bright lights of Times Square or the solemnity of the 9/11 Memorial, the crush and bustle of the Metro subway or the glorious promise of Lady Liberty. You probably don’t think about hiking and soaking in Revolutionary War […]

Treasures in the poorest places

Just because many people in a particular location are struggling financially does not mean that place does not have anything to offer a vacationer or adventurer!  Some of the most amazing education and exploration and adventure venues in the United States are in or near some of the […]

Literary travel in the Aegean & Med

I think it would be an absolute blast to read Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War while doing some low-budget island-hopping in synch with the book. Or we could do Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid while walking in the heroes footsteps!  Wouldn’t it be awesome to follow Aeneas from Troy (Turkey) to […]