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 We weren’t far past Cooktown when the pavement disappeared, and we had crossed over the northern extent of tarmac on the entire Cape York Peninsula. Before we could continue along the dirt road, we hadContinue 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”

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. 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”

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”