2020: A Year of Visual Clarity and Interesting Photography

Over 200 pictures for an hour on the trail? Good grief! An hour spent culling out the good photos, ultimately winnowing them down to about pictures worth keeping? Becoming a lazy and inefficient photographer again, and something needs to change. A great advantage of digital photography is the virtually unlimited number of pictures one can […]

Low and Slow at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Vintage motorcycles, airplanes, and automobiles, my idea of a perfect destination! Finding ourselves with a few days to travel, we aimed toward the Catskills in New York. Remembering I’d wanted to visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome years ago, PrettyWife the Navigator planned our ride to get us there for a show- and what a show […]

Fabulous Furniture (and Cars and Rockets and…)

That time, that uber-cool time when you’re cruising down an unknown road and an unforgettable spectacle catches your eye. Excitement builds, and you know passing by without at least a picture or two will haunt you. Next clear chance in traffic you’ve gotta’ turn back, you’ve gotta’ stop- and once in a while stopping’s even […]

The USS Slater: A Destroyer Escort Connection

WWII was, arguably, the last war with a distinct enemy and humanity at stake. A generation of young enlisted men rose to save the world, and far too many paid with their lives. Personally, one grandfather came home to share Navy stories, while Army stories from the other lay silent beneath a simple white cross […]

Nighttime Summer Rain

I like riding in rain, but I love riding in rain on a warm summer night. Not as insane as it sounds, but it definitely expands the element of risk on a motorcycle. Give a bit of time for rain to soak the road, wash away the slippery stuff first, then realize motorcycles don’t melt away in the wet, and tires designed to channel water still grip- even in a lean. Engines keep humming, lights keep lighting, and brakes keep braking on mostly empty roads. The bike may require smoother inputs in less predictable conditions, but wheels keep rolling.