MarkHitsTheRoad.com is a personal website that presents articles that recommend and describe a number of favorite destinations I've visited and the sights I've come across along the way in my travels across the U.S., Canada and a number of other countries.
You will find articles about popular destinations such as major cities and national parks. I also like to take cross-country road trips, visit historic sites, stop for scenic views, go hiking along secluded trails and explore out of the way places. And I'll hit the brakes to get photos of interesting buildings, old business icons along the highway, grand old theatres, funny signs, and anything that claims to be the biggest-smallest-oldest-oddest of its kind - an ecclectic mix of whatever catches my eye.
Who is Mark?
That would be me, Mark Wasson of Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm someone who likes to travel. A lot! I started taking road trips around the U.S. and Canada shortly after I got my first car. I soon had a list of favorite destinations, and a longer list of places I wanted to see - or see again. Over time I added more big city destinations, and then more overseas trips.
Through a mix of personal and work-related travel I hit the road (and the skies) about 80-100 days a year, sometimes more.
I enjoy visiting some major U.S. city or wandering around some foreign capital just as much as I enjoy rambling around the small towns and open spaces of the Great Plains and the desert Southwest. Any place is worth exploring. Some more than others, to be sure, but I've come across a lot of great places and cool sights all over the map, many of them completely unexpected.
I always have a camera with me, and I take a lot of photos. Although I consider myself to be only an amateur photographer, I learned early on that if I take enough photos, some of them are bound to be pretty good. Bless the inventors of digital cameras and cheap memory cards - much of the praise I get for my photos is because they make it easy and inexpensive for me to get a lot of shots.
For me MarkHitsTheRoad.com is a place where I can combine my interests in travel and photography and share them with others.
For you MarkHitsTheRoad.com is a place that may inspire your own interests in travel. I hope you enjoy some virtual travel through this website as well as some real travel to discover your own great places.
Frequently Asked Questions
I haven't been asked any questions particularly frequently at this point, but I have anticipated some on my Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Hit The Road artwork, shown here, is © Copyright 2012, Mark Wasson. All rights reserved.
Any reuse or reproduction of this content requires written permission from the author.
Please direct any licensing inquiries to me using the email address below. When you contact me, please use the photo identifier or the name of the video. Each photo has a unique identifier (they look something like this: M08A1234) that appears in the caption beneath the photo.
Photos displayed on MarkHitsTheRoad.com have been saved at a low resolution sufficient for illustrating the articles on this website and include a copyright notice and/or watermark. Many original "source" photos are available without the copyright notice and usually at much greater resolution, typically ranging in size from 100,000 to 8 million pixels.
NOTE: Photos that include works of art, museum pieces, the interiors of buildings, scenes from Native American lands and some other features, however, are NOT available for licensing.
Linking to Pages and Pictures
One of the great things about the web is the interconnectness of pages and websites created through links. Linking to MarkHitsTheRoad.com and its individual pages is encouraged.
The downside of this is when someone links only to the photos on another website so that they can display those photos on their own website. In addition to the copyright issues of displaying such content without permission or licensing, the website that hosts the photos gets all the server costs associated with serving up and displaying the photos on the sites that merely link to the photos, but only the websites that link to the photos get the page view credits. I.e., the site that owns the photos gets all the cost but none of the benefits - page view counts are important for search engine ranking purposes as well as for ad revenue for ad-supported websites.
Some people refer to this as bandwidth theft, although I doubt the average blogger is at all aware of how this works.
I really didn't expect this to be much of a problem when I first set up this website. But some websites of dubious value began linking to a number of my photos to attract visitors to their websites (some even offered my photos for sale). This substantially increased my bandwidth in the process. It got to the point that more than half of my bandwidth was going to serve up my photos to other websites.
So I had to block linking to photos to get a handle on that problem. You can of course still link to my pages that display the photos.
Addressing Concerns About Photos Used On This Website
I took all the photos used on MarkHitsTheRoad.com and thus hold the copyrights to the photos themselves. However, I recognize that some people may have questions or concerns about the content of the photos I use to illustrate the recommendation articles on this website.
Please contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page with questions or concerns about any image used on MarkHitsTheRoad.com or with requests to remove an image from this website.
MarkHitsTheRoad.com generally does not collect personally identifiable information from visitors to this website, although visitors may choose to provide such information through email. I do not intend to retain such information, I will not publish it on the website, nor will I sell it.
As with most websites, log files are stored on the web servers that include information about your browser type, IP address, and other tracking information. I may use this information to guide changes and improvements to the website, and to block problem visitors using certain IP addresses. The website host, HostGator, captures this information and provides a number of related analytical tools. I direct you to the HostGator website to learn more about what they do.
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MarkHitsTheRoad.com is not directed to children under the age of 13. It will not knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under the age of 13, in compliance with the Childrenís Online Privacy Protection Act.
The content on this website is provided as-is, and is not guaranteed to be accurate or current. I undoubtedly have made some mistakes when writing the articles, and of course the world changes, often rapidly and without notice. Like most people, I don't routinely update the descriptions I associate with my vacation photos to keep up with those changes.
You assume all risk concerning the accuracy and use of information that this website provides. Verify the information accuracy and current status of any destination or sight before you visit. That is simply good practice no matter the sources of information you use when planning your own travels.
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