Category Archives: On the Road in America

Writings from the great American roads

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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Inspired Travel

Regardless of our attempts to act congenially, patient, happy, kind – you name the generous adjective – we are finicky, contentious, and easily frustrated creatures. And nothing highlights our irritability more than travel. Travel jerks us from our daily routines, … Continue reading

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Road Music

Inspired by last week’s post about educator and dulcimer musician, Steve Hudson, I’ve been thinking a lot about music and the soundtracks we compile for road trips in the U.S. and adventures over seas. After The Doors self-titled album kept … Continue reading

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Ode to the Teacher and Dulcimer Musician

Whenever I drive out onto the open highway, the inevitable question, “what is the road?” enters my mind. And every trip offers additional answers to the inquiry, prompting the question again and again. Most recently, while driving from my family’s … Continue reading

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Where Nobody Knows My Name: A Bar in L.A.

It’s dark inside. Antique speckled mirrors line the wall behind the taps.  A wooden bar, red vinyl booths and live music keep new customers comfortable and locals returning night after night. There’s one seat left at the bar and I … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Travels Part V: Why We Return Home

From Sedona, we flew across the 40 to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we made our way through a couple of local breweries and a pizza stop for greasy calzones and Italian sandwiches. It always amazes me how one can go … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Travels Part IV: Sedona

If Thanksgiving is for just one thing, it’s for family.  And I’ve had the good fortune that one of my long-time travel companions is my father, who joined us on our Sedona sojourn. On Thanksgiving Day, my Dad and I … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Travels Part III: Another Country

After leaving Four Corners National Monument, we wove our way south by southwest through the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. It seemed pertinent to travel across these lands, these wide-open (maybe even desolate) spaces, during our Thanksgiving Holiday. I think we’ve … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Travels Part II: Touching Four Corners

“Do you have anything smaller?” The kiosk attendant at Four Corners National Monument asks me curtly. It’s 9:03 am and we’re clearly the first tourists on site. I fumble in my wallet for a moment and turn to Lindsay, “Do … Continue reading

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