David Lee Drotar

member for over 20 years

Member Since:
Dec 1997

www.brookviewpress.com Freelance writer and photographer: Perceptive Travel; New York Daily News; New York Post; Newark Star-Ledger; Toronto Globe & Mail; Toronto Sun; Buffalo News; Houston Chronicle; Chicago Daily Herald; Rocky Mountain News; Saint Paul Pioneer Press; New Orleans Times Picayune; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Contra Costa Times; Arizona Daily Star; St. Petersburg Times; Providence RI Journal; Nashua NH Telegraph; Albany NY Times-Union; Appleton WI Post-Crescent; Plattsburgh NY Press-Republican; Binghamton NY Press & Sun-Bulletin; LAX Reader Author: Seven published books including Hiking The U.S.A., The Fire Curse & Other True Medical Mysteries (featured on BBC Television's "Mysteries with Carol Vorderman") and Steep Passages: A World-Wide Eco-Adventurer Unlocks Nature's Spiritual Truths. 

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Steep Passages: A World-wide Eco-adventurer Unlocks Nature’s Spiritual Truths

Steep Passages skillfully draws parallels between the natural world and the people who are finding their way through it.

Published Articles (21)

Thursday Traveler

Passports from the Heart profiles David Lee Drotar in its Thursday Traveler series.

My Very Bad Italian Day (Perceptive Travel)

Plans to explore Sicily go awry.

More than a Million Miles on Five Continents: A Travel Writer’s Journey

A glimpse into the life of a modern-day adventurer.

A Perfect Day in the Countryside Village of Arachova, Greece

On the northern shore of the Gulf of Corinth and at the foot of Mount Parnassus, lies the bucolic village of Arachova, Greece.

Thiva, Greece: Accessible Antiquity

You can hold antiquities thousands of years old in the palm of your hand or see the “archaic smile” in Thiva, Greece.

Aigio, Greece: Where Flavor Hangs on the Vine

For a culinary exploration of the land and sea’s bounty, there is a no more iconic place than the port town of Aigio, Greece.

Looting Memory (Hellenic News of America)

All Greeks are storytellers and historians at heart insofar as their history and culture has shaped the rest of the world in so many ways.

Mountain Joy: One Perfect Day in Arachova, Greece

Seasoned road warriors explore the small mountain town of Arachova on the northern shore of the Gulf of Corinth.

Greece in Two Days: A Tour through Dorida

A two-day driving tour through Dorida provides iconic examples of mountain and seaside terrain in the Corinthian Gulf region of Greece.

Looting Memory in Corinthian Greece (Perceptive Travel)

A trip through the ancient lands of the Corinthian Gulf of Greece means uncovering layers of history and thousands of years of looting, of antiquities and memories.

Learning Greek History by Eating: One Perfect Day in Athens

Culinary tourism is the latest trend in destination travel. What better way to explore the history and culture of a region than by savoring the local cuisine.

Nomadic Voices in the Kingdom of Jordan (Perceptive Travel) – Winner of 2016 Excellence in Journalism Award

A regular contributor to Perceptive Travel, Drotar travels to a rare calm part of the Middle East.

Preserving the Night (Earth Island Journal)

Across the world, Dark Sky reserves help ensure a bright future for astronomical research.

Uncovering Greece, Underwater and Underground (Perceptive Travel)

The convoluted history of Greece gets another layer of complications when touring the islands amidst a refugee crisis on top of a financial crisis.

Celestial Quebec (Perceptive Travel)

Drotar travels to Quebec’s Eastern Townships, where nature serves up forest wonders and close-ups of our galaxy in the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

The Amazing Benefits of Place-Based Literature

The value of reading the literature of a destination hits Drotar in surprising ways as he embarks on a trip to the Greek islands.

Vitesse sur patins (Le Baladeur)

French language story about accessible activities in Quebec Province. (A pdf copy of the print publication has been linked here. See pages 12 – 14 for David’s story.)

The Blade Runners of Quebec (Perceptive Travel)

A fully mobile writer heads to Quebec province in the middle of winter and puts himself in the other man’s shoes…and skis.

Unshielded Power Lines Are Killing Costa Rica’s Howler Monkeys (Earth Island Journal)

Tourism and real estate development have been a boon for the people of Costa Rica. For the howler monkeys who find their habitat chopped up, not so much.

Goldi-lox and the Three Bears (USA Today/Perceptive Travel)

When humans go bear watching where the salmon are swimming in British Colombia, Canada, what do the animals think?

Dial-a-Bird (Perceptive Travel)

Birdwatchers used to arrive on the scene with binoculars and a well-thumbed field guide. Now they aid their obsession with a pack full of tech toys, including an iPod loaded […]