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North America » United States » New York October 1st 2011

Geo: 43.8131, -74.6578While at the wedding with Claire, she told me that the following weekend, she and her siblings would probably be heading up to the family's log cabin up in the Adirondacks of New York. "You can come if you'd like." Of course I wanted to go, but such a passive invitation dissuaded me from immediately accepting, so I told her to let me know when they decided for sure. A couple days later I was "cordially invited" to the cabin for the weekend. A cordial invitation?! Infinitely more significant than a passing mention! The forecast was for gloom and rain, which would only mean that we would just have to stay indoors, eat, drink, and watch movies. Terrible. After my time in Newmarket with my Rare Company, I made the drive back through the ... read more
Raquette Lake

North America » United States » New Hampshire September 27th 2011

Geo: 43.0828, -70.9356From Albany, per Claire's recommendation, I took the back roads through eastern New York and Vermont on my way to New Hampshire. North to Troy and then east on highway 7, windy quiet country roads rolling over the rumpled crust of the earth, etched in a sea of deciduous trees starting to turn, past Bennington and its Battle Monument piercing into the sky, Woodford, Searsburg, Marlboro, Brattleboro, Chesterfield, Keane, Hillsborough, Henniker, Hopkington and a number of other quiet, quaint New England towns and dozens of Country Stores selling fruit and cider and sweet corn.A sunny (nearly 80 degrees!) day in Durham as UNH students flooded in and out of Breaking New Grounds coffee shop where I stopped for an iced latte. Down to Newmarket, arriving slightly before my friend or his wife were home ... read more
Eastern NY gas pump
um... forgot where this was...
Live Free or Die

North America » United States » Massachusetts September 23rd 2011

Geo: 41.9988, -70.0556After the open mic with Jen, I left Chicago at about midnight since I still had some energy. I only made it about 2 hours and slept for a while at a rest stop in the middle of Indiana. Shortly after sunrise, I woke to an overcast gray morning and the windows of my truck camper glazed with condensation. Like usual, a quick piss and a wet-wipe shower and I was on my way, still 750 miles and 12 hours short of my destination. Through the rest of Indiana (I am now kicking myself for not taking a 10-minute detour and dipping in to Michigan just to check it off my list... oh well), skirting the top of Ohio, through my old boss's town of Erie, Pennsylvania, and entered New York in one of ... read more
Crossroads of America
State of Indepence
The Empire State

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 22nd 2011

Geo: 41.8861, -87.6364Within 20 minutes of driving northeast on I76, it was the furthest east I had ever driven. Kind of a cool feeling. Previously, the furthest east I had ever driven was to Denver International Airport, which is so far outside of Denver it feels like you are in Kansas. Upon a person's first flight in to DIA, there is often a mild panic - "Did I get on the wrong flight? I thought this was Denver? Nestled in the heart of the Rockies!?" That John Denver was full of shit.When the moon rose above the horizon that night, it was a brilliant orange - a giant luminous pumpkin in the sky. My direction on the highway pointed me right at it, with small variations to avoid farms and corn fields. I drove and drove ... read more
Night Drive
Twin Cities

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Madison September 21st 2011

Geo: 43.0729, -89.3867... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis September 20th 2011

Geo: 44.9785, -93.2653... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park September 13th 2011

Geo: 40.3761, -105.524When I was first "planning" this trip back in March and April, I figured that I would spend some time on the front range of Colorado (Denver, Boulder, etc - where the plains meet the mountains), and then take about three months to go southwest, up thru the northwest and into Canada, down into Montana and Idaho, across the upper midwest to New England, down the eastern seaboard, tromp through the south, and possibly even make it all the way back to Reno in time for Burning Man. And here I was, Burning Man already just a memory, and I had not made it further east than Denver - my starting location.After a couple days in Reno to recoup, clean, sleep, and blog, I lit a fire under my ass to get moving eastward ... read more
Great Salt Flats
red dirt
Sprague Lake - RMNP

North America » United States » Nevada September 6th 2011

Geo: 40.7693, -119.22This is Burning Man.I might as well stop there. Indescribable. Inconceivable. My words and descriptions here will be about as effective as taking a picture of a pile of floor dust and showing it to someone and saying, "This is Mount Everest."This is Burning Man.Picking up two hitch-hikers south of Eugene at 12am on the way. Josh, in the back, slept the whole 2-hour drive to Grant's Pass. The other, Vivian, up front with me. Talked and talked and talked and talked.... literally there was not a single moment of silence and I got about 2 minutes of talking in during the whole drive. She's Native American, and apparently they call her "Talks a Lot." I can't imagine why. Her stories like never-ending cul-de-sacs, around and around and around and around, saying the same ... read more
Our house is a very nice house

North America » United States » Oregon » Eugene September 5th 2011

Geo: 44.0499, -123.089... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 26th 2011

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114While on the road, I have been trying to make a very conscious effort to listen to my body, listen to my deep desires (not just fleeting and ephemeral ones), and act accordingly - in ways that will provide my body and soul with the things that they truly need, not just what I think they need (the disconnect between the head and heart/body/soul). I've been surprised again and again at how loudly the body speaks when you are actually listening for it. Sleep, drink, a certain food or nutrients, a destination, a direction, an amount of time, a spoken word, a touch, a look... I believe that, beyond just our fleshly desires and the firing synapses of our brains, our body, soul, and spirit tell us exactly what they need. If we can ... read more
Crescent Beach

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