Travel Diaries: Oregon

My drive through Oregon during my 2013 road trip was a quick one. I didn’t even stop in Portland, but headed straight for Eugene to meet a friend for dinch. I had been to Portland the summer before, and I had greatly enjoyed being there as I had known I would. Several of my friends…

Spurned

In a little while, I will be leaving my neighborhood and moving to a new one. The two neighborhoods are similar, in that they are both nestled in foothills and surrounded by wild lands, where wildlife lurks around residential areas. I’ve often thought this is not much different from what some call “the African bush,”…

Travel Diaries: Washington

I finally realized why it’s taken me a year and a half to write the last few posts about my Summer 2013 road trip across the United States: every time I thought about my drive through the Western states (which are the ones I haven’t written about yet), I was overwhelmed by the feeling of…

Portable Magic

In case you’re wondering whether I got enough sleep last night, I didn’t. I was cold and it took forever to warm up enough to fall asleep. And then I woke up in the middle of the night to turn off the heater because I got too warm. Sigh. But I soldiered through the day…

Oceansong

I am taking Jeff Goins’ Writing Challenge: 500 words a day for the next 31 days. It is already late and I haven’t had time to write today. It’s past my bedtime and all I want to do is fall into bed and catch up on some of the sleep I’ve missed this past week….

Accidental Discoveries

Lately, I have been thinking about accidental discoveries, also known as Serendipity. For years, I believed in the supreme importance of planning, but I have had to re-examine this in the light of my life experiences. Although I still believe that planning is important because it enables you to be efficient at the things that…

The Return from Silence

It’s already over a year since I hit the road for my epic poetry-reading trip last year. Unforseeably, it’s taken my writing almost that entire time to recover from the nearly 12,000 miles of driving! I didn’t even finish blogging about the final leg of my trip (coming soon). Bath and Bed were all I…

Travel Diairies: Big Sky Country

I’d been to Montana two times before, but my visit this past summer was just magical. I was so exhausted from having driven over 8,000 miles at that point that all I could think of was getting some rest. I found it in Big Sky Country. Driving into Billings, MT from Rapid City, SD I…

Travel Diaries: The Dakotas and the Lakota

My visit to the Dakotas began in the North. I went to Fargo, ND to tour Bonanzaville, a village that preserves North Dakotan history. As soon as I walked into the Cass County Museum and viewed the different exhibits on Native American culture, I realized that I’d been catching glimpses of Native American history throughout…

Travel Diaries: Minneapolis

I saw a lot of farmland in Minnesota. Indeed, as one travels further West, urban skylines give way to the more pastoral scenery of ranches and farms. I didn’t get to see much of Minneapolis because my visit was short, and I also didn’t make it into its twin city, St. Paul. That will have…

Travel Diaries: Wisconsin

My first awareness of Wisconsin came through the children’s clothing company, Oshkosh B’Gosh, which I discovered was also headquartered in a Wisconsin city called Oshkosh. It was named after the Native American Menominee Chief Oshkosh, whose name means claw. Years later, I learned of Milwaukee and Madison, as I toyed with the idea of going…

Travel Diaries: Pittsburgh

Two main highways cross Pennsylvania from East to West: I-76 or I-80 from Ohio through Pittsburgh to New Jersey. I drove on I-80, which was pretty rough in some sections, but without much traffic besides truckers and the occasional passenger car. The highway winds through the Pennsylvania Wilds–millions of acres of unspoiled forest. I marveled…