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. 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”

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. 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”

Ascending the Indian Staircase: Red River Gorge with Lauren

Red River Gorge, KY: August, 2019 We began by walking down the Sheltowee Trace, a trans-Kentucky trail that starts just north of here and winds its way to the Tennessee border, the little cousin of the Appalachian Trail through the Appalachian state the original one forgot. It was a bumpy and shady single track andContinue reading “Ascending the Indian Staircase: Red River Gorge with Lauren”

The World’s Best Sunset and a Bar That Doesn’t Clothes: A Farewell to Key West

Key West, FL: May, 2019 (Key West Trilogy Part 1 and Part 2 here) North Duval runs into the Historic Seaport area which is now thronged by docked cruisers and boozy tourists.  One interesting thing in this area that was worth a stop though is the original Key Lime Pie Bakery.  The outside is aContinue reading “The World’s Best Sunset and a Bar That Doesn’t Clothes: A Farewell to Key West”

Closing Down the Northwoods: Wolves, the Sauna, and the Northern Lights

Ely, Minnesota: September, 2016 Unable to sleep during my last night north of the birch line, I walked down to the trees along Burntside Lake sometime just after eleven. I didn’t stray far because my mind kept going to the howling wolves we’d heard earlier so I stood there, squinting without my lenses in, lookingContinue reading “Closing Down the Northwoods: Wolves, the Sauna, and the Northern Lights”

Moonshine Water Stop: The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon

Williamson, WV: June, 2015 At one water stop late in the Hatfield McCoy Marathon I hobbled up to three middle aged folks – two women in lawn chairs and a colossus of a man with a walrus mustache standing behind the water table.  The man told me I needed to try the cups in theContinue reading “Moonshine Water Stop: The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon”