• Miles from Monday: Someplace to Float

    July 15, 2013, Washington, DC: A sandy beach is all we’re after. Nothing fancy, just someplace to float outside the city on a slow, hot Saturday. Somewhere that doesn’t require an overnight trip or Friday night traffic on the Bay Bridge or driving 115 miles to the nearest stretch of Atlantic coast. We’re looking for someplace

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  • All-American Road Trip

    July 2, 2013, Washington, DC: There’s something so fresh and American about a good old road trip. On Friday, I drove solo from Burlington, Vermont to the Catskills of New York through a stretch of country I’d never seen before and wow, was it something. I somehow dodged clouds the whole time and found a

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  • Green Mountain Friday

    June 28, 2013, Stowe, Vt: A copy of Yankee Magazine is on the table by the window when I arrive in my hotel room in Stowe, Vermont. The issue is a few months old, maybe left behind by an earlier guest, maybe held onto by hotel staff because its contents hit home. Either way, the

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  • Miles from Monday: Chesapeake Road Trip

    June 24, 2013, Washington, DC: An immaculate croquet court behind a restored mansion is the last landmark we pass before reaching the water. We walk alongside a string in the lawn that outlines the court’s boundary and it leads us directly to a dock over the North River just off Mobjack Bay. We sit with

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  • Miles from Monday: A Dose of West

    June 3, 2013, Washington, DC: West. It’s got a nice ring to it. Bigger than east and south and north, more dramatic and convincing than the whole lot of them put together. It’s been just a week since my last trip west, but that morning hike up Mt. Sanitas and a hot afternoon on the banks

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  • This is Our Anacostia River

    May 24, 2013: As the days lengthen and summer begins, Washington professionals begin a new sort of racing daylight. Starting around Memorial Day, we shut down our computers and bolt from the office with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Intent on enjoying several hours of sunlight still ahead, we hurry through the downtown

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  • A Tuesday Evening Garden Party

    May 23, 2013, Washington, DC: How delightful it is to put on a summer dress and walk through the neighborhood to a garden party! Because that’s something that happens, well, never, Tuesday night was extra special. It was also one of the first hot summer evenings of the year — not just hot, but only-in-DC steamy — which made

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  • Miles From Monday: Beach Camping

    “Find yourself a place you belong in the universe,” she said, “a place where the dirt feels like goodness under your feet.”       -Pam Houston April 29, 2013, Washington, DC: We went camping this weekend on Assateague Island, 140 miles from our neighborhood in the city and even more distant than that from our weekend

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  • Miles from Monday, And Still Running

    “Every mile out there is a gift.” -Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon April 22, 2013, Washington, DC: Amby Burfoot was less than a mile from the finish line last Monday, ready to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his marathon win, when the bombs went off on Boylston Street. I heard him recount

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  • Potomac Days

    April 21, 2013, Washington, DC: Late April in Washington this year marks the beginning of our Potomac days. We’re off to a later start than normal, it seems, but we don’t let the chill in the air stop us. We check on our yellow kayak and introduce ourselves to Nicholas, the new manager at the

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  • Lessons in Living, From the Backcountry

    February 27, 2013, Washington, DC: Making a deliberate decision to change where and how you live can make a world of difference. Campbell Gerrish knows this firsthand, both personally and professionally. We worked together more than decade ago as co-leaders guiding a summer backcountry trip for teenagers throughout British Columbia, hiking long days, pitching  tents, cooking

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  • Places That Shape Us: Biking Home

    January 8, 2013, Washington, DC: I snapped these photos this evening on my bike ride home. It was the first time I’d gotten out and exercised in awhile and I took my sweet time, pausing to balance my bike against a street lamp or curb while removing a glove and taking my camera phone out

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  • Remedies, Wellness & Cures

    January 7, 2013, Washington, DC: Country music played on the radio and the clean white lines of the Memorial Bridge stretched over the Potomac River at low tide as I snaked alongside it Saturday morning and wound my way up Rock Creek Park. I was on my way to say goodbye to a friend moving to

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  • Canal Park’s Opening Weekend

    November 17, 2012, Washington, DC: Something significant happened today in the Washington neighborhood of Navy Yard — something we’d all been waiting for. Today was the day the children arrived. They came to skate at Canal Park during its opening weekend, scurrying around the icy surface. They slipped and slid and infused new life into a

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  • Miles From Monday: Colorado Chautauqua Association

    October 8, 2012, Boulder, CO: We took a morning drive today through the Colorado Chautauqua Association, some 1,700 miles away from the start of our regular work week. For many here in Boulder, this national historic landmark is a short distance from home and not far from routine: While a weekday might begin with navigating

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  • Golden Days in Steamboat Springs

    October 5, 2012, Steamboat, CO: You know you’re getting close to Steamboat Springs when bright yellow billboards begin to pepper the landscape. Every two minutes or so, another sign for F.M. Light and Sons blurs past, promising travelers Levis and cowboy boots, Stetson hats and Woolrich blankets upon their arrival in town. The store’s advertising is comparable

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  • Miles From Monday: Moreton Island

      “Oh, it was very seductive, this tropical thing. Papaya juice in the morning, a chatter of birds, a warm breeze, the changeless rhythm of blue skies and surf pounding, sunsets, nights sprinkled with moonlight. A man could get lost in all this, he thought. A man would need a strong will to keep from

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