Peak Park

As spring seems to have finally arrived, I’m in an outdoorsy mood, so today we’re celebrating the Peak District, which became the United Kingdom’s first national park on 17 April 1951. The massive park covers 555 square miles of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and South and West Yorkshire and attracts an estimated 22 million visitors per year, making it the second most visited national … Continue reading Peak Park

New Albion

Well, if you’re going to take a break you might as well make it worthwhile. On 17 June 1579, Francis Drake paused in his circumnavigation of the globe to plant a flag on the western coast of North America (probably somewhere in modern-day Northern California) and name it New Albion. New Albion joined Drake’s claims at the tip of South America and Martin Frobisher’s claims … Continue reading New Albion

Hope He Got Lei’d While He was There

On November 26, 1778, Captain James Cook decided to stretch his legs a bit and became the first European to visit the Hawaiian island of Maui. Cook, who joined the merchant navy as a teen and the Royal Navy in 1755, when he was in his late 20’s, was a born explorer. While serving in the Seven Years’ War, he surveyed and mapped most of … Continue reading Hope He Got Lei’d While He was There