Earlier this year, during the Covid-19 lockdown, I considered a question: “When the pandemic is done and I am able to travel again, where do I want to go and what do I want do?” I came up with a trip around the Mediterranean: Marrakech for olives and dried figs, Rome for spaghetti alle vongole, […]Read More Sometimes You Go For The Wish List
A place has a certain feeling about it, a resonance that interacts with your senses and tells you you’re there. Some parts of a locale hit you immediately, but others take time. I am intimately familiar with some of my spaces. My homes. My cities. Those are the easiest ones – I can tell you […]Read More When You Know A Place
Today was fun. And the fact that I worried about that possibility made the joy infinitely more pure. When I woke my left knee was aching. This started sometime on Tuesday’s 17 mile hike, going downhill. If you haven’t hiked before, I should explain that the downhill sections are much harder on our knees. And […]Read More Thank You Mario! But Our Princess Is In Another Castle!
I wasn’t the only hiker on the trail today. Actually, I wasn’t yesterday either. The first half of yesterday I was alone, but for the second half there were two other hikers heading my direction. I passed them up and was left wondering what time they got to town, given that I barely made it […]Read More A Cheese Sandwich Is Terrible When You’re Thirsty
The sign stood waiting to alert me, its letters spelling out its caution in 2 languages. “Warning! Flammable Area” This was at the bottom of the Mount Chimaera flame field. As I had started my morning on the opposite side of the mountain, I had entered the field from above, so the sign showed up […]Read More In The Place of Myth and Legend
The driver pulled to the side of the road by an old faded sign with flaking paint. I pulled my backpack from the car and pointed, asking “that way?” Yes he said, that was the way. Then he pulled off and left me there alone as I shouldered my pack and started going. I signed […]Read More In Which I Don’t Recognize My Limitations