Traveling Companion

If you were with me on the first trip, dear readers, you may remember Stripes. He found me at my first gas station on the trip, and was a faithful companion. Even when I was less careful with him, he stuck by me. Well, he's old now. So old, that he appears to be hiding... Continue Reading →

The road is calling…

I'm heading out on the road again! Read about my 2-month plan on the Kickstarter. I won't repeat everything that's on the Kickstarter, just share a sweet little update. The creator of the above little beauty, that Stripes and I wandered by on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will be meeting me for an interview!

Dream City

There's a parallel San Francisco that I go to in my dreams. It's full of unfamiliar streets, buildings, shops, but I know it's San Francisco. It has the same beauty and mystery that has always attracted me to the city, but it's unfamiliar, constantly shifting, unknowable. Mostly unknowable. Because, see, it's the same city. A... Continue Reading →

Ghosts of the Past

I'm long overdue for a wrap-up of my ghost trip. I've been putting it off for some reason. It's not that I've been waiting on photos - I had those processed and uploaded the day after I made it home. Not waiting for mental processing, either - I do all my thinking on the road, and haven't really... Continue Reading →

Ghosts at the Weatherford

Like clockwork, on day four of my road trip I hit my cranky existential crisis. It didn't help that for this trip, day four overlapped with my birthday, which always makes me a little bit cranky. So double crankiness. I had a wonderful visit with two parts of the family that I never get to... Continue Reading →

Borderlines

On my last road trip, just over 10 years ago now, I noticed a surprising thing when I crossed state lines. Things changed. I'd always assumed these borders were largely arbitrary, formed by politics and history and maybe a river here or there. Nope. I found that each of the states had distinct landscapes and... Continue Reading →

Ghosts, and Adventure

My spirit tour continues... To sum up, here's my timeline so far: Friday the 13th: - Hop on Spirit Air to Dallas, connecting (belatedly) to Missouri, to pick up the car. Sunday, 15th: - Picher, OK: a ghost mining town and Superfund site, largely evacuated in 2010. - Geocaching in cemeteries Monday, 16th: - Texola,... Continue Reading →

Digital Tools

Before I got a smartphone - and this was embarrassingly not long ago, like less than a full year back now - I railed constantly against google maps and online tools for travel. Yes, they mean you'll never get lost again. But you'll never get lost again. That's heartbreaking. I love getting lost. On my... Continue Reading →

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