Category Archives: Something from the Vault

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Virtues of Travel: Part 10 I knew the cold was coming.  This is my 7th winter in Denver, so I could anticipate the arctic air stream dropping just south enough to bring our temperatures to zero, and to dust us … Continue reading

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Connection

Virtues of Travel: Part 9 On a cold January evening, I stood on a bridge over looking a Venetian canal.  The low fog wrapped around my feet as it whispered down Venice’s narrow streets. A sole gondolier navigated his boat … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Road You’re On

Virtues of Travel: Part 5 I often contemplate the concept of sliding doors … in a religious context we might discuss it as fate or destiny … what I’m after is how we understand all the decisions, all the small … 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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Morelia, Mexico: The Roots of Why I Travel

Something from the Vault: Volume #6 Just a week before my sixteenth birthday, I’m standing on the street in front of my language school in Morelia, Mexico, a bit bored, waiting for my ride to my home-stay. Or at least … Continue reading

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Market Madness: When a Chicken Grabs You by the Shirt in Oaxaca

Something from the Vault: Volume #5 While living in Oaxaca for four months during the spring of 2008, I focused a good bit of my free time on travel writing.  Reading over the essays from my stay in Oaxaca revealed … Continue reading

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Peruvian Heights: Walking in a Photograph

Something from the Vault: Volume #4 Dawn draws a glowing fog over the ruins of Manchu Pichu.  Alpaca wander the courtyards, chewing their grassy breakfast and paying little attention to the boisterous group of tourists racing across their grazing territory. … Continue reading

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Hiking Untrailed Territory

Something from the Vault: Volume #3 “Screw the trail.  I’m tired of the trail!”  Michael yells over the gusting wind at the top of 13,054 foot Mt. Dana in Yosemite National Park. “It’s the best way to the car,” I … Continue reading

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An Irish Pint Named Croagh Patrick

Something from the Vault: Volume 2 After dinner in Westport, Ireland, we saw an inviting pub with a red awning and green lettering beckoning us inside.  Then again, there are very few Irish pubs that don’t shout, “come join us … Continue reading

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What Happens on a Train Bound for Hungary at 2 am

Something from the Vault: Volume 1 A Note to Readers: I’ve been curious about what it will mean for me to dig back into my travels of long ago and tell tales of old adventures.  Thus far, all fifty-one of … Continue reading

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