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 Each cabin at the campground slept three, and Asher, Jeff, and I rushed to claim one of the newer looking ones near the entrance. As we switched on the lights, the place looked more like a dormitory thanContinue 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”

Australia Pt. 2 – Cairns at Night: Planks and Legends

Cairns, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 1 – Arrivals: A Tour of Orpheus Hall Continued here: Australia Pt. 3 – Great Barrier Reef: Snorkeling and Sea Turtles We met Samantha and Emily at the bus stop, and then paid the criminally high fee to ride past cane fields and through the resort townsContinue reading “Australia Pt. 2 – Cairns at Night: Planks and Legends”

Australia Pt. 1 – Arrivals: A Tour of Orpheus Hall

Cairns, QLD – June, 2011 Continued here: Australia Pt 2 – Cairns at Night: Planks and Legends “Hey mate, you can switch with me if you want a better view.” I was looking out the window as we flew up the Queensland coast, transfixed by what was below. The water was a breathtaking mix ofContinue reading “Australia Pt. 1 – Arrivals: A Tour of Orpheus Hall”

The Manchester Road Race: A 4.748 Mile Thanksgiving Parade

Manchester, CT: November, 2017 Unlike further inland, the trees of the coastal northeast retain their leaves a bit later – the crunchy, half-shriveled ones that look as if they were photographed in sepia tone and make a scrape when they finally fall onto the pavement and blow across serpentine Connecticut lanes between century old stoneContinue reading “The Manchester Road Race: A 4.748 Mile Thanksgiving Parade”

100,000 Steps In San Francisco: An Anxious Outsider’s Walking Tour

San Francisco, CA – September, 2019 Day 1: 34,714 Steps When I walked up a carpeted staircase that smelled of cardboard and ginger, the proprietor flashed a peace sign, her two fingers inquiring if I had company.  She looked dejected when I requested a table by myself but led me to a seat by aContinue reading “100,000 Steps In San Francisco: An Anxious Outsider’s Walking Tour”