We’ve been married 31 years and travel is the one thing we never disagree about. We always like to go to new places and sometimes we go back to the same place again and again. It’s always an adventure. We’re casual people, not prone to living the high life although we have had a taste of it from time to time. Traveling on the cheap or going all out at an all-inclusive – it’s all good.
Sometimes making it an “adventure” is a bit of work. You have to read up on a place, talk to people who have been, or just go blindly. We’ll admit that there are a few places we don’t ever have to go back to. There are others that we would visit every year if we could. Sometimes it’s just a matter of going a different time of year or even a different time of day that makes it all new. Our list of places to go is long. We’re only limited by money and vacation time – like most of you.
We like to think that we are open to all sorts of cultures and experiences. We love to talk to locals and absorb a bit of the culture of every place we visit. We’re always open to sharing our knowledge with folks who are visiting a place for the first time.
Cyndy was born in Massachusetts and Doug was born in Michigan. We started married life in Arizona where our son, Matthew, was born. After nearly 20 years of the desert we moved to the mountains of Colorado Springs for the next phase of our lives.
We’ve been skiing, hiking, camping , scuba diving and doing photography at various times throughout our lives. We took our son camping for the first time when he was 3 months old; his first hike at 3 and he was on skis at 4. He’s now a technical sales rep for an outdoor company – go figure!
The travel bug hit us early but money was always a bit tight so we did a lot of camping in the early years of our marriage. Doug’s parents took the kids camping, hiking and skiing as often as they could so this has been a part of Doug’s life since he was a little guy. Cyndy was on skis at 4 or 5 and did a little scuba diving as a kid. Our love of the outdoors was one of the first attractions and has been an integral part of our lives ever since.
Doug is our photographer (www.dougniedermillerphotography.com) and I concentrate on the travel and product reviews, stories and tips. We are a team. I follow him out in the wilderness for those great shots of flowers and wildlife. I scout ahead of him while diving to find that elusive sea turtle or the gigantic lobster or moray eel. He comes up with the ideas for our website and does all the design, building and maintenance on the site.
We go to visit Doug’s mom in Michigan and Cyndy’s brother in Massachusetts as much as we can. Day trips out and about provide the source for many adventures, picture taking and story ideas.
In 2000 we got the genealogy bug as we discovered that Cyndy had a very large number of relatives that were born and died there. We followed the trail wherever it led, small towns and large; cemeteries and boxes of old pictures. It was an amazing discovery process of old New England’s history and her family. Cyndy is now a membership to the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) and hopes to add to this website a genealogy site in the future.
Doug will always love his photography and with the digital era here, he upgrades his equipment when possible and with that comes the ability to take better and more unusual pictures. With that, comes the drive to go explore new places.
Join us on this new adventure – our website about travel – Cyndy and Doug style.
Cyndy Harrington & Doug Niedermiller
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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