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. 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”

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”

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”

Wilderness Something: Red River Gorge with Friends

Red River Gorge, KY: July, 2016 Danny was staring up into the branches of a tree when Lauren and I drove down the skinny lane to the cabin, listening to the familiar popping of gravel on the car’s belly. His girlfriend Veronica was on the balcony looking in the same direction, hand above her eyebrowsContinue reading “Wilderness Something: Red River Gorge with Friends”

Below Treeline: Spring in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain NP, CO – May, 2017 We entered the National Park during a driving rainstorm after a perfectly clear drive up from Lyons. Longs Peak was shrouded in several layers of gray, after appearing dauntingly above the foothills for most of the trip. Pyramidal with snow covering the top third, Longs Peak looks likeContinue reading “Below Treeline: Spring in Rocky Mountain National Park”

A Storm at Sea and a Snake in the Tree: A Race around Clearwater

Clearwater, FL: May, 2019 Uncle Gabe lived with his greyhound rescue, Archie, in northern St. Petersburg, toward the back of a mid-century block pleasantly shaded by gargantuan oaks.  It’s a testament to these trees that they survived the post-air conditioning sprawl that created this and other areas of its age.  The neighborhood also held ontoContinue reading “A Storm at Sea and a Snake in the Tree: A Race around Clearwater”

Celebrating Silence: An Autumn Hike On Mt. Le Conte

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN: October, 2018 –Tennessee is said to have three Grand Divisions, physiocultural regions represented by the three stars on the state flag and on the Titans logo: East – Mountains – Bluegrass Music – Smokies Central – Plateau – Country Music – Nashville West – Delta – Blues Music –Continue reading “Celebrating Silence: An Autumn Hike On Mt. Le Conte”

Bourbon Chase Pt 3: Sunrise with the Horses

Lexington, KY: October, 2018 (This post is a continuation of this one and this one)  “I have a problem” Alonso said as we packed the van by flashlight, breathing out misty rings like a smoker’s exhale.  The temperature had dropped with the rain and the early morning was biting cold but at least dry.  “IContinue reading “Bourbon Chase Pt 3: Sunrise with the Horses”