Cleveland is a city I had no preconceived notions about, but I had a nice time there both times I visited. It’s a compact city with wide streets that are great for biking, which is my favorite way to get around and explore new places. The waterfront is beautiful, and Great Lakes Brewing is not far from downtown. After a day of biking, sampling beers, and watching the sunset over Lake Erie I found this great overlook across the river. While the skyline is small, it really is a pretty sight when the sun goes down.
One reason to brave the cold for a few more miles is the view at the end. Biking 20 miles from Philly had our fingers and toes cold, but the scene at Valley Forge National Park was serene and pure autumn. I wish we had time to explore more of the park, but the rain was starting and we had the same distance to cover to get back before dark. I’m glad we chose to keep pedaling when we felt like stopping. It felt good to get where we had planned to and with such a nice view for our rest, we almost didn’t notice the temperature.
While biking on the Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia to Valley Forge, there were a lot of beautiful areas. The trail begins near downtown Philadelphia, passing by the amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art before heading into quirky Manayunk. Once you get off the part of the trail that is shared by Main Street you are treated to a boardwalk along the canal that leads to a surprisingly quiet wooded area. This mix of city and nature is abundant along this trail as it weaves in and out of populated areas. I really enjoyed the dichotomy of the trail and in this image.
The beauty of exploring places unknown is that you stumble upon things you may have never expected. Looking for the positive in everything really helps open up possibilities and saying yes can bring so many new experiences into your life. In this case, a bicycle ride on a very cold day took us 40 miles round trip between downtown Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Park on the Schuylkill River Trail. I couldn’t help but want to stop and do an impromptu photo shoot when I saw these hearts painted on the ground. It was just my luck that I had a beautiful model in tow who doesn’t mind lying on the cold ground and taking her hair down!
Sometimes when you can’t physically leave your town you have to find another way to get out. Luckily I have a bike, and New Jersey does have some beautiful sunsets when you find an open area. It so happens that southern New Jersey is pretty flat so you normally don’t have to go too far. I live near an airport, so I took my bike out for a nice 15-mile ride around the open areas for views of this gorgeous sky on a beautiful spring night.
The ride was a nice escape along with the photo op. I look forward to documenting the things I love about the northeast before I abscond for an indefinite period of time. The hardest part about biking around here is finding a place without traffic. It takes some of the fun out of riding when I’m always hoping that driver behind me can see me or isn’t texting and drifting off on to the shoulder of the road. Be careful out there, kids.
P.S. The watermark on the photos is mine, of course. You can see my photography work at www.dmphotographics.com if you are so inclined.
This is a question I find myself asking quite often. Any time I’m not on the road I wonder why not. So I’m hitting the road again with no firm destination or time frame. I plan to explore the country (and hopefully the world) while finding ways to make money to continue traveling. I want to share my photos and stories of how I manage this here as well as getting feedback and suggestions from those in the know!
I am an adventurer and a photographer, so I would like this blog to foremost depict the beauty and intrigue I find out on the road, whether I spend a day summiting a mountain or sampling beer at a microbrewery. I want to challenge myself to capture the ephemeral quality of life in travel.
Among my plans for stops along the way are: hiking/climbing mountains, playing disc golf courses, sampling beer at breweries, museums, biking, paddling, and anything else that comes my way. I don’t want to rule anything out or make too many plans. If something looks interesting I’m going to stop by.
For this brief introduction, I suppose my mission statement would be a good thing to include. The thing is, I don’t really have one. I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing, but I think that by doing what I love I will find my path. And if that path leads to no single destination and continues on forever, then even better!
The photos in this post were from New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Lancaster, PA. Some of my favorite recent shots.