Category Archives: Conversations on Travel

Travel Impressions, Distinctly Modern

Though I’ve now done this drive across California to Colorado more than a dozen times, nothing beats the thunderstorms that roar over the San Rafael Swell in the middle of nowhere, Utah. Each adventure across the 1000 miles that wander … Continue reading

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Wandering Wisdoms: V.1

“To me too has not unrest been ordained, have not I too been endowed with a heart which knoweth not repose? The story-teller’s star — is it not the moon, lord of the road, the wanderer, who moves in his … Continue reading

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A Wanderer Looks at 30: Unabridged

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is … Continue reading

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Yes, We’re at Dachau in the Winter

Something from the Vault: Volume 7 Reader warning: the subject matter of this essay is dark.  I’ve postponed writing it for a long time, but I feel a real responsibility to share this tale. I’m only now, nine years since … Continue reading

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The Panama Chronicles: Episode 5 – The Rearview Mirror

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and … Continue reading

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The Panama Chronicles: Episode 4 — Beach Time?

A Panamanian Vacation The beach faces due south, so the sun sets over the shoreline to the west, not directly over the ocean as I’m accustomed to in most parts of California. But nothing in Panama is quite what I’m … Continue reading

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What the Road Tells Us

Different Modes of Exploration #15, Part 2: Highway Aphorisms These were an enjoyable process to put together last week, and I only traveled through ten of the reflections.  I thought I would try out just a few more: 1. During … Continue reading

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Road Meditations

Different Modes of Exploration #15, Part 1: Highway Aphorisms Two weeks ago today I loaded up my Ford Focus and headed north into Wyoming for what turned out to be a ten-day, 3400 mile road trip to Oregon, on down … Continue reading

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Fall Colors of Colorado: What Change Means

Last weekend, we went on our annual drive and camping trip to see the fall colors of Colorado. The transition of aspen leaves is a glorious moment in time and space.  For a fleeting instance we tip-toe through the woods, … Continue reading

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Traveling with Others

On several occasions, I’ve heard the phrase “it’s not where we travel to but who we travel with that matters.” After a summer of visiting friends and family throughout the country, this saying has never rung so true. And I … Continue reading

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