Test run

Memorial Day weekend is host to one of my favorite events of the year: the Port Costa citywide garage sale. Port Costa is a funky little town right on the bay that I used to blow past on the train when I was a conductor for a freight line. Back in the day, it was a... Continue Reading →

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!

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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