Tom is an award winning producer/director. He is a long distance cyclist and avid basketball and volleyball player. He blames his love of traveling on his parents.


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The Path Less Chosen

Travel that's just a bit off the beaten trail.

 "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- St. Augustine

Getting from point A to point B by foot, bicycle, kayak, or some other non-motorized means.

Interesting destinations that make you want to linger, overnight or for several days.

Things that make the journey worthwhile, whether it's a brew pub or the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

More great people and places

December 30, 2019

Welcome to our third annual favorites list. These places are not always the best known, but we visited each in 2019 and they all impressed us. You'll notice something about this year's list, four of the five favorites are state parks. It looks like state parks are the...

January 19, 2018

Located along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest of the nation's 34 national parks and reserves. However the small size, just over 1,600 acres, belies the wealth of activity and biodiversity in the area.

Carved out of a rapi...

September 7, 2017

Have you ever seen a sand dune eating a lake? Check out this Google Earth image to see the sand slowly encroaching into Silver Lake. It will take hundreds of more years before the lake completely disappears. In the meantime there are plenty of recreational opportunitie...

April 27, 2017

The title of this article may make this sound like a long trip. In actuality it's only about a mile from Amelia Island, the northern most island in Florida, to Cumberland Island, the southern most island in Georgia.

While the trip is relatively short, it's not an easy p...

January 25, 2017

After spending a day in the Florida sun, kick back and enjoy the nightly sunset party at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach. The party starts two hours before sunset and continues until two hours after. As the sun gloriously dips into the Gulf of Mexico, street performers and...

January 16, 2017

In Lake Michigan, just off the shore of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes sit the islands of North and South Manitou. The Native American legend tells that the islands are the lost cubs of a mother bear that fell asleep on the shore waiting for her cubs to return. They never di...

January 4, 2017

Driving from the Seattle area toward the Olympic Peninsula is a magnificent journey. The views feature towering mountains, quiet bays, and ocean shores. The main east/west roads are hemmed in by the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the n...

December 29, 2016

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with a mountain range running down the middle, the small Central American country of Costa Rica is an adventure paradise. The name Costa Rica is Spanish for “rich coast” and the name is appropriate, especially...

December 27, 2016

Most people don’t think of visiting the beach in the late fall. That alone is an excellent reason to go. The tourists have left and the few people left at the beach are there for the beauty and solitude that this season promises.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a tiny gem...

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