Nothing has been normal in 2020. But with a bit of luck and determination, I’ve managed to keep my favorite pastime going – rambling around. Every year, I figure my wife Diane and I hit at least 1500 miles on foot. Living in the walker’s paradise of New York City allows at least half the total. The rest comes from hiking – usually in canyons and deserts during winter and mountains during summer.
We squeezed in a trip to Arizona in February before the pandemic burst out here. Throughout the spring, New York’s sheltering-in-place allowed us daily walks outdoors, and we live near two of Brooklyn’s great destinations, Prospect Park and the magnificent arboretum of Green-Wood Cemetery. So thus far we’ve kept up our pace.
Despite the year’s troubles, the beauty and joys we’ve seen have been as magnificent as ever. I want to share them in an ongoing virtual gallery, starting with the red rock country and other treasures of Arizona, then on to the bursting of spring in Brooklyn.
From now through mid-September, the gallery is continuing in our annual sojourn to the mountains – this year to the Wind River, the Tetons, and the Absarokas of Wyoming, plus a bit of Colorado. It will be a socially distanced and masked trip. But the beauty of the Rockies will still mesmerize. And backpacking into the Wind River is about as socially distant as you can get.
To the right are the latest additons to the gallery. Below are links to fuller sub-galleries for winter, spring, and summer. Summer is a work-in-progress, with roughly weekly updates into September.
A Novel of New Amsterdam
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages."
- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York