Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

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Jim Whyte was a 19th century world traveler, millionaire, raconteur and, yes, smuggler wanted by the FBI.

How and why did he end up in the rural town of Monson, Maine? Who was he hiding from other than the feds? Where did he bury $40,000?

Based on the true story, my book uncovers many of the riddles, but some may never be solved.

My New Ode to the American Road

Yes, I’ve been at it again.  On last year’s road trip, I was repeatedly drawn to explore the many roadside attractions of yore that are disappearing by the day. What remains of these old trading posts, restaurants and gas stations says a lot about how we’ve changed. The family vacation (and almost all vacation for […]