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”

Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch

/Location Redacted/, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 3 – Great Barrier Reef: Snorkeling and Sea Turtles Continued here: Australia Pt. 5 – James Cook University: Aussie-isms and the Poison Room At the cafeteria that evening, Kaleo was looking for challengers in a game of ping pong to eleven. Loser buys dinner. I mentioned thatContinue reading “Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch”

Australia Pt. 3 – Great Barrier Reef: Snorkeling and Sea Turtles

Great Barrier Reef, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 2 – Cairns at Night: Planks and Legends Continued here: Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch After the bus dropped us off, we sprinted in swimsuits and coveralls through downtown Cairns, past bars with chairs on tables, past sundry stores andContinue reading “Australia Pt. 3 – Great Barrier Reef: Snorkeling and Sea Turtles”