The Tallest Mountain: Mt. Mansfield and the Long Trail

Mt. Mansfield, VT: June, 2021 Continued from: The Greenest Mountains: Burlington and a Big Red Bus Not far south of Jeffersonville the Green Mountains launch upward so steeply and dwarf in ruggedness anything in the east outside of New Hampshire. As they loomed ahead, a flashing sign read ‘Route impassible for trucks’ followed about a half-mileContinue reading “The Tallest Mountain: Mt. Mansfield and the Long Trail”

The Greenest Mountains: Burlington and a Big Red Bus

Jeffersonville, VT: June, 2021 It wasn’t far after crossing the Champlain Bridge that I began to notice signs in both English and French and saw Vermont’s namesake mountains paralleling the lake shore. It could have been self-manifesting confirmation bias but the trees really did look greener, as if they permanently retained the squint-inducing electric limeContinue reading “The Greenest Mountains: Burlington and a Big Red Bus”

Carmel Half Marathon: On the American Super-Suburb and a Return to Running Normalcy

Carmel, IN: April, 2021 I had a difficult time describing Carmel, Indiana over the phone. I sat on a bench made to look like a book open to the first page of Little Orphan Annie in front of a Free Library housed in a fire red London phone booth talking to Lauren as she deplanedContinue reading “Carmel Half Marathon: On the American Super-Suburb and a Return to Running Normalcy”

Australia Pt. 10 – Departures: The Long Way Home

Cairns, QLD – July, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 9 – The Far North: Hope Vale and the Rainbow Serpent After the trip up the peninsula, much of our time was spent putting together the community plan, meeting with elders, and working from breakfast to dinner, the last part very un-Australian I was told. We mostlyContinue reading “Australia Pt. 10 – Departures: The Long Way Home”

Australia Pt. 9 – The Far North: Hope Vale and the Rainbow Serpent

Hope Vale, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 8 – Goon Sacks and Ant Snacks: One Night in Cooktown Continued (and concluded) here: Australia Pt. 10 – Departures: The Long Way Home We weren’t far past Cooktown when the pavement disappeared, and we had crossed over the northern extent of tarmac on the entire CapeContinue reading “Australia Pt. 9 – The Far North: Hope Vale and the Rainbow Serpent”

Australia Pt. 8 – Goon Sacks and Ant Snacks: One Night in Cooktown

Cooktown, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 7 – Following the Endeavour: Camping with Critters and a Tour of the Shire Continued Here: Australia Pt. 9 – The Far North: Hope Vale and the Rainbow Serpent Daylight was retreating quickly as we arrived back at the campground, but Alex had found a ride to takeContinue reading “Australia Pt. 8 – Goon Sacks and Ant Snacks: One Night in Cooktown”

Australia Pt. 7 – Following the Endeavour: Camping with Critters and a Tour of the Shire

Cooktown, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 6 – Northward: Going Troppo in the Gum Trees Continued here: Australia Pt. 8 – Goon Sacks and Ant Snacks: One Night in Cooktown Each cabin at the campground slept three, and Asher, Jeff, and I rushed to claim one of the newer looking ones near the entrance.Continue reading “Australia Pt. 7 – Following the Endeavour: Camping with Critters and a Tour of the Shire”

Australia Pt. 6 – Northward: Going Troppo in the Gum Trees

Mount Molloy, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 5 – James Cook University: Aussie-isms and the Poison Room Continued here: Australia Pt. 7 – Following the Endeavour: Camping with Critters and a Tour of the Shire If you can look past the driver sitting on the opposite side, school busses are the same across hemispheresContinue reading “Australia Pt. 6 – Northward: Going Troppo in the Gum Trees”

Australia Pt. 5 – James Cook University: Aussie-isms and the Poison Room

Cairns, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch Continued here: Australia Pt. 6 – Northward: Going Troppo in the Gum Trees For the second time since arriving, we had to set alarms, this time not for an adventure, but for school – an orientation and a walkContinue reading “Australia Pt. 5 – James Cook University: Aussie-isms and the Poison Room”

Right Now I’m Drinking a Cortado: Coffee, Cincinnati, and Contemplation

Cincinnati, OH – February, 2020 The medium is the visible section of frothy milk resting atop the overflow, the mode is the barista’s deliberate wrist twisting, and the finished design reminds me of a hermit crab holding the string of a heart-shaped balloon. The drink is a khaki monochrome culminating in a half-inch head, risingContinue reading “Right Now I’m Drinking a Cortado: Coffee, Cincinnati, and Contemplation”