(Silverdale, Washington; Oct. 6, 2019) – There is a moment in the Disney version of Pinocchio in which the titular character characters declares, “I’m a real boy!” The moment marks his transformation from being an enchanted wooden puppet to a flesh-and-blood human being. The whole story of Pinocchio is, effectively, of an inanimate object being … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – A Real Character
(Port Ludlow, Washington; Sept. 4, 2018) - I know what it's like to feel alone—the kind of alone that crushes the spirit, forces the mind into a numbing panic, and sucks the oxygen from the soul. I am one of those people who sometimes suffers a horrible feeling of being alone even when I'm in … Continue reading Travel Log: The Loneliest Place on Earth
(Port Ludlow, Washington. Sept. 4, 2018) – A confluence of events and problems ranging from a very ambitious travel schedule between Montana and Washington State, and the loss of Internet connectivity temporarily in Washington, has put me behind in my columns. But I’m back! Meeting colorful and incredible characters is one of my favorite experiences … Continue reading Travel Log: Meeting Adam
(Miles Creek, Montana; Aug. 18, 2018) – Montana is on fire. Glacier National Park is burning, so Montana joins California, Idaho, and Canada in the wildfire club of 2018. These fires are sending a nasty haze all the way east to Minnesota (where I was yesterday). Today I did get some clear skies early on, … Continue reading Travel Log: A Plainly Great Education
(Gillette, Wyoming; Aug. 12, 2018) – I have stood underneath a great stone titan and been struck dumb in awe and wonder only once before. In 2004 I stood at the base of Uluru (Ayres Rock) in Australia and found myself transported to speechlessness by the sheer magnitude of size, beauty, and ancient spirits embodied … Continue reading Travel Log: The Devils Tower in the Details
(Gillette, Wyoming; Aug. 12, 2018) – The Oregon Trail is famous for its brutal line of passage across the untamed, unforgiving North American west for settlers crossing Indian land, climbing vast mountains, and facing utterly harsh winters. To a lesser extant in history the California and Mormon Trails also inflicted similar hardships on their travelers. … Continue reading Travel Log: Breathless on the Oregon Tail
(Le Claire, Iowa; Aug. 7, 2018) – Ok, NOW it gets serious. Check out the map at bottom; I’m in Iowa. I am officially out West. The eastern half of the continent was tricky enough, but the distances involved tended to be shorter. A four-hour drive usually landed me in another state...or across two states … Continue reading Travel Log: NOW It Gets Serious
(Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, Canada; Aug. 4, 2018) – Before you say “Salt Saint Marie,” it’s actually French and pronounced “Soo.” So the town is properly known as “Soo Saint Marie.” “Soo” refers to the rapids on the St. Marys River at this point. Prior to the War of 1812, the Ontario town and the … Continue reading Travel Log: Oh, Canada! Eh?
(Portland, Maine; July 30, 2018) I’m back in Portland for my final night in Maine, and I think I ought to share with you my first-ever food column! After all, the Maine meal of the day is important when you’re traveling, and you can get a real idea of the flavor of a place by … Continue reading Travel Log: The Maine Meal of the Day
(Bangor, Maine; July 29, 2018) I know that headline might be something of a shock, coming as it does from an ardent photographer. But, it’s true. In the 21st century we may all forget that now and then, but the real goal of travel is not the photograph. Ok, ok—before anyone gets snarky, yes, if … Continue reading Travel Log: The Maine Priority is NOT the Photo!