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. 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”

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”

Lanterns and Microbats: A Nighttime Tour of Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave NP, KY: August, 2018 Mammoth Cave National Park is the nearest to where I live, just edging out Cuyahoga Valley by minutes, but I had yet to visit. It is not named for the prehistoric elephantine species, but the cave’s position as the world’s largest, though the adjective itself comes from the iceContinue reading “Lanterns and Microbats: A Nighttime Tour of Mammoth Cave”

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”