Todd Balf

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Flying My Flag | First Person

An outdoor adventurer refuses to give in to disability.

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Ship’s Cabin | The Most Unusual Room in New England

On the top floor of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, is a once-secret room soaked in the legacy of the sea and the ships’ captains who sailed into history. [slideshow post_id=”554455″] On Columbus Day weekend 2013 my friend John Wigglesworth meets me in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, outside the historic Hawthorne Hotel. He’s taking me […]

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Artist Oliver Balf Remembered | My Father’s Canvas

When the family of artist Oliver Balf combed through a lifetime of paintings, they discovered truths about the artist’s passion, and themselves. October 2010: I remember his being tired but relieved after a long day of international travel. The spare kibbutz “guest house” that we arrived at in advance of a family wedding amused us […]

Mountain Bike Trails
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Best 5 Mountain-Bike Trails

Longtime Yankee contributor and Massachusetts native Todd Balf, who has ridden mountain-bike trails from New Zealand to Venezuela. We asked him to share his picks for the best 5 mountain bike trails in New England. Great Brook Farm State Park (Carlisle, MA) Twenty miles of trails beyond the red farm buildings at the entrance to […]

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Around Cape Ann With a Paddle

The 20-mile Blackburn Challenge, “the East Coast’s premier open-water human-powered boat competition,” is named for a Gloucester fisherman who famously froze his fingers to his oars in order to row back from God knows where in the middle of winter in 1883. The good news is he survived. The bad news is he lost enough […]

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Rockport, MA | Paintings

I recently visited my father’s art studio in Rockport. He had a show with a Cape Ann theme going up soon, and for some reason I asked him whether he’d ever painted Motif No. 1, the iconic red fishing shack on Bradley Wharf. I thought I knew the answer, that being no. But my dad […]

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