Since we live near Washington, DC it is easy for us to go there on a nice day and ride the mall. What people may not realize is that
there is significant history depicted just in the course of this very short cycling tour. We began along the waterfront, where it is
very likely that Captain James Smith came when exploring the Potomac River from Jamestown in 1608. Even though the ride is short, we
have intersected the trails taken by George Washington from his home in Mount Vernon to all the places he went northeast, such as
Philadelphia, New York and Boston. In Washington's time, this area near the Capitol and the mall was known as a swamp. Route 1, which
was in colonial times and is still an important road from Maine to Florida, cuts right through Washington, DC. It is not a good road
for cycling and yet there are many trails that parallel it which are good for cycling.
The video clip also shows the start of the C&O Canal in Georgetown. A cyclist can ride all the way to Pittsburgh on the towpath and
connect to the Great Allegheny Passage. That is over 300 miles of very scenic and historic cycling.
We love to ride our bicycles and that is why we created these video clips,so that others can see what it is like.
Scuba diving at sunken shipwreck sites is part of our plan to provide a series of online videos to discover American History.
Our series of online videos will present American History by going in a logical, sequential order.
These segments show the sequence we suggest, however, viewers can obviously choose whatever they want.
More video clips are in the process of being uploaded. It takes time to build the site, so please be patient.
Columbus - featuring a ship like the one he sailed to the new world.
Somehow, we got off the trail of "normal" American history. We were drawn to true stories that are rarely told or described in text books. As with the entire series, we seek out modern day subject matter experts who combine vast personal knowledge with a spirit of adventure to relive history around us today.
Because video on the web has become so popular, and because we have had so many requests for it, we are now providing a few unusual segments. These pieces simply did not fit into the sequential order we try to present on the DVDs. We find them fascinating and perhaps you will, too.
There are many ways to display video clips on the web. We have chosen MP4 as the format to use. It makes small files with relatively good quality.
Our intent with online video is merely to provide a brief glimpse into the more complete coverage provided on the DVDs. We also want to show footage NOT included on the DVDs.
The MP4 format makes these clips easy to download for display on a laptop, an iPod, iPad, tablet, smartphone or similar device.