The drive from Lake Iskanderkul to Khujand took up a good part of the day but like all of our time in Tajikistan it was low-key, filled with engaging conversation, and worthy scenery. Every travel experience is partly about that place at that moment in time and partly about our physical and mental health while there. But there are also the serendipitous moments/insights that appeal to all of our senses and to… Read More

Tuesday Evening. Neset Camping. Have I said ‘…perfect day’ too often? At this moment I’m in a lovely cabin which is pleasantly familiar because I’ve stayed in it before (miss you, Lace) and it’s cold and windy outside on my private bit of lakeshore and warm and cozily-lit inside (as all the world should be…). Branches of the big fir tree out front are waving vigorously about and the moss-splotched boulder (where… Read More

Tone and Simon gave me an extra nice treat on Sunday—an all-day road trip around the southernmost points of Norway. Road trips being my favorite form of recreation, and a road trip in Norway being about as scenic as would be geographically possible—may I just say it was a perfect day. In our ten hours on the road we traveled by green fields pleasantly ornamented with white sheep and golden llamas and… Read More

Since the train journey from Yangon to Bagan turned out so well, why not try a road trip from Kathmandu to Varanasi, India? The original plan was a tourist bus from Kathmandu to the border and then a train on into Varanasi. For a variety of reasons, that was not going to work and I was left with the choice of flying or driving. Flying is such an unsatisfactory way to connect… Read More

Fall, leaves, fall Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree. I shall smile when wreaths of snow Blossom where the rose should grow; I shall sing when night’s decay Ushers in a drearier day. (Emily Bronte) I come home almost every summer, stay at Robert and Marsha’s in Grand Rapids, and walk in the woods along the… Read More

The 2017 travel season officially opens today, August 13th. No, I do not, today, step into my shiny new snow-white chariot and drive on up the road, O Brother soundtrack loud and upbeat playing me out of my driveway. That all happens bright and early on Saturday, the 26th. Today however, it is back to blogging mode. Except for my annual, climbing-Black-Mountain, April birthday trip to San Diego, I have not left… Read More

Here is my story of Sunday, November 16, 2014 in photos. I suppose the theme could be ‘Lubbock in my Rear View Mirror’ which is a line from an actual country song but I don’t mean it in a bad way. Too many snow and truck photos for one post…Part One just covers the trip from Lubbock to Clovis. Normally about an hour I think. Yesterday three hours. One day I will… Read More