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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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my husband and I love to travel, and we've been fortunate to visit some extraordinary places throughout the course of our marriage. This year we're celebrating a big anniversary so, naturally, we're trying to think of an extra special destination to visit, since we deserve it for putting up with each other for so many years. We began the process with each of us writing down our top favorite trips taken in past years so we could compare notes and decide if we want to return to a tried-and-true spot or experience something completely new. When we looked at our lists, my husband was shocked to see NAPA VALLEY BIKE TRIP right at the top of my list. "No way!" he exclaimed. "You hate to cycle. I had no idea you actually enjoyed yourself." A little offended, I explained my choice. The trip offered delicious food, exquisite wines, beautiful scenery, and daily rigorous exercise so I didn't gain weight while overindulging throughout the entire vacation. But, most importantly, I saw things from the saddle of a bicycle that I never would have seen if traveling by car, plane, or cruise ship. I can only imagine the adventures experienced by 17-year-old Nancy Wiswall when she rode her bicycle 2,000 miles throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The year was 1939, when long distance bicycle rides were very unusual and cycling technology was basically nonexistent. The trip obviously had a major impact on Nancy's life because, today, 76 years later, she still remembers details of the trip and shares her memories, journal entries, and photographs with us. She also continued cycling until she reached the age of 90! I hope you'll enjoy reading about Nancy's journey as much as I did. This issue is filled with other inspirational people like Weston businessman, philanthropist, and former Ambassador to Spain Alan D. Solomont. You'll also meet the members of Night's Watch, a "band of brothers" who put their bodies through grueling workouts, overcome physical and mental challenges, and support each other every step of the way. And if you're looking for a place to visit this spring or summer, be sure to read our Excursions article about traveling to Nova Scotia by car. I've been there and it's another destination on the top of my list to revisit. Enjoy the warmer weather and savor spring! 16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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