Nate PadavickSan Francisco, CA, US
Nate is a freelance illustrator and the co-founder of this website, along with his sister Salli Swindell.
Some of his clients include The Wall Street Journal, Chronicle Books, American Greetings, Sony Pictures, Better Homes & Gardens, Haagen-Dazs, and Kraft Foods, among many others.
Nate lives in San Francisco with his boyfriend Jim. He loves to take long bike rides, hike in the mountains, go on fun vacations, swim in ponds, cook good food, and shop at farmer's markets.
Maps By Nate Padavick
This place is special to me because the beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area are extremely beautiful and so easy to reach by foot or bike or car or bus! And, the coffee is amazing! I take hikes at one of these places on a weekly basis. I recommend them all!
My boyfriend Jim and I have been visiting the Lido di Venezia since the mid-90s! This year we took my sister Salli. We swam and cycled every day. We also took little trips into Venice (a 10-minute vaporetto ride away!) to visit the Biennale and see the sites.
This is just the upper portion of a wall mural I made for a Haagen Dazs store in Jackson, WY. The original map is 12 ft wide by 7 ft high!
Madagascar is home to such an amazing array of exotic and beautiful wildlife. This map represents only a sample of just the reptiles that are at risk, not to mention all the mammals, birds, fish, insects and plant life that are also threatened.
The rail trail passes through the Hoosic River Valley, between the Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Ranges. The name Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) derives from the Native American word for the south branch of the Hoosic River and means "the pleasant river in between the hills."
No time is bad time to be in Big Sur. You can go in January to see the whales, December to see the monarch butterflies, May to see the wildflowers, or anytime to see the redwoods, waterfalls, mountaintops, seals, tide pools, beaches and sunsets.
Some of these businesses have been around for over 100 years! These are portraits of the owners. They tend to their shops daily and if you stop in, you'll probably see them!
Can you guess which house I once lived in? This is every house on the west side of Neil Avenue between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The whole leafy neighborhood is full of 100+ year old brick Victorians.
This bicycle route follows the Deerfield River through a beautiful valley in Northern Massachusetts and Southern Vermont. If you go on a hot summer day you'll see lots of people tubing down the river, which, I must admit, is an even better way to enjoy this route!
For your next trip to Venice I highly suggest staying on Lido! You can bike and swim everywhere. It's like a big, beautiful, tropical Italian paradise. And, if you must go to Venice, it's only a 12 minute vaporetto ride away, but trust, one taste of Lido and you might not need Venice! Here is my hotel recommendation for those of you within a budget (http://www.hotelvillaparco.com/).