13 Pilgrim Heights Road

13 Pilgrim Heights Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

13 Pilgrim Heights Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Gwen Bloomingdale and Barbara Gard, from The Provincetown Banner.

Gwen Bloomingdale and Barbara Gard, from The Provincetown Banner.

Gwen Bloomingdale and her partner, Barbara Gard (pictured), who lived here, set out in 2001 on a round-the-world journey in their twin-engine Aero Commander. Bloomingdale, a great-granddaughter of a cofounder of Bloomingdale’s, was a lawyer. Gard was a Marine Corps veteran and a retired major in the National Guard. Their rings said: “Dare. Dream. Discover.” Shortly after taking off from Iceland on 6 March, their plane plummeted to earth. Bloomingdale was buried in Town Cemetery, under a monument inscribed: “Dare. Dream. Discover.” It is a lovely epitaph. But there was another valedictory. Before departure, Bloomingdale was asked by The Banner what could come after a circumnavigation of the globe. “We’ll probably find the next road out there on our trip,” she answered, “somewhere along the way.”


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