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Friends of a Long Year is a private mailing list bringing stories to your inbox like it's still 1995. It's written in the spirit of Mary Austin. It was originally called Place Without a Postcard, which does a better job of summarizing what I like to write about. Friends is delivered roughly twice a month.


Mobile Bay

Meaher State Park, Alabama, U.S. Spending some time around Mobile, a place we've always rushed right by in the past.

Fly Navy

Pensacola, Florida, U.S. Exploring the Navy Air Museum in Pensacola Florida.


Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida, U.S. Back in Fort Pickens, where the downward sloping of civilization is picking up speed.


Fort McAllister, Georgia, U.S. Exploring historical forts along the Georgia and Florida coasts.


Edisto Island, South Carolina, U.S. Oak leaves shimmer in the wind. Morning sunlight filters through the Spanish moss.

Winter Storm

Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. Heading south the escape the storm and celebrate some birthdays.

In The Dunes

Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, U.S. Re-learning how to do nothing, well. It's not as easy as it sounds.


First Landing State Park, Virginia, U.S. Touring the Jamestown/Yorktown area of early American historical sites.


Assateague National Seashore, Maryland, U.S. If there is a theme to the places we go, it's water. Lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, creeks, and most of all, the sea.

Farm Life

Wrights Farm, New York, U.S. We head down the Erie canal, out of upstate New York, past the city and down to the coast.

Baseball Diamonds

Cooperstown, New York, U.S. Hunting for Herkimer Diamonds and a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fort Klock

St Johnsville, New York, U.S. An epic tour of Fort Klock, a fortified homestead in the Mohawk Valley.

Niagara Fails

Niagara Falls, New York, U.S. The Jeep breaks down at the border, and we spend some extra time in Niagara.

Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village, Michigan, U.S. Exploring American history through the eyes of Henry Ford.

Drive My Car

Harrisville State Park, Michigan, U.S. Heading south, taking our time, enjoying the drive.

Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor, Michigan, U.S. Our final stop in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Copper Harbor is one of those places that seems to exist outside of time.

Stop Breaking Down

McClain State Park, Michigan, U.S. We get by with a little help from new friends.

Ready to Start

Washburn, Wisconsin, U.S. If you're not excited about where you're going, you're going the wrong way.

Everyday It’s 1984

Washburn, Wisconsin, U.S. I want my kids to grow up the way we did in 1984. When no one had phones, playgrounds were made of metal, and kids could spend all day on their own.

Little Girl’s Point

Little Girl Point, Michigan, U.S. Tent camping, mud bathing, and agate hunting on the bluffs of Lake Superior


Washburn, Wisconsin, U.S. Building shelves, making coffee on the beach, and picking cherries

Second Spring

Washburn, Wisconsin, U.S. Heading north rewinds the seasons, giving us a second round of wildflowers and warblers.