There’s always a challenge with travel writing, where you have to shirk one tenet of the genre – accuracy in tense – to convey accuracy in emotion. I want to […]
“Have I got everything, am I ready to go?
Is it gonna be great, is it gonna be the best time,
Or am I just saying so?
Am I ready to go?
What do I hear when I say I hear the call of the road?”
-Dar Williams, Traveling Again
“Hey — can I ask you for some advice?” The girl stepped out into the streetlight toward me and took a made-for-TV drag off her cigarette. She’d been nearly camouflaged against the […]
It was about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning that we finished sampling the last CTD at OWS-P and turned east for the downhill run to Seattle. Okay, not downhill – […]
First off, we’re fine. Folks have been pinging me off the wire about the Alaska earthquake. We were about 200 miles offshore when it hit, and it turns out that […]
It was technically after dawn when we slipped away from the pier yesterday morning. The mountains of the Kenai rise on Resurrection Sound like some after-credit scene from Waterworld: craggy […]
A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to pin any town in Alaska within 500 miles of its true location. This afternoon, riding down to Seward, half buried by […]
I don’t recall if I’ve written about this before, but one of my earliest coherent memories is one of civil disobedience. My sister Joanne and I are riding in the […]
“Richard Cater was seven years old when he ran as fast as he could down the parched grassy hill on his uncle’s farm, trying to set the record for human […]
I’m sitting in the departures lounge at SeaTac, listening to the woman seated next to me loudly complain at her phone about the price of drinks in the airport bar. […]