After two and a half months basking in a Pacific Northwest summer and reconnecting with New York, our US visas were about to expire. We weren’t done with the country at all, but for now, the country was almost done with us.
With a couple of weeks left, it was time for something different, time to leave the cities behind and head out on the open highway. We hadn’t set foot in a National Park so far on this trip, and given how much I loved Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier last year, that seemed a major oversight. Yup, it was road trip time.Continue Reading →
I never thought that the moose statue I saw in Troutdale’s main street would have competition for the best sculpted metal animal I saw on this trip…Continue Reading →
One of the highlights of a day spent hiking around Big Bend National Park a couple of weeks ago was the Lost Mine trail, a five mile round trip in the Chisos mountains. With stunning views and hardly anybody else on the path, there was plenty of opportunity to stop and admire the scenery.
I’d heard crickets chirping all the way up and down the mountain, and wondered why they seemed to be so incredibly loud… until I happened to glance off the trail at one point to see these two sheepishly (cricketly?) peering back at me.
Sorry to interrupt, guys. As you were.Continue Reading →
Montreal was not somewhere I’d even expected to go on this trip, but I ended up falling hard for its great food, stylish people and quirky undercurrent.Continue Reading →
And so it was that after an early start, one taxi, two flights and a long and sweaty bus ride through the back streets of Puerto Vallarta, I arrived to start the next chapter of my life in Mexico.
I’ll likely be here for six months, spending the first half of that chilling out in the small beach town of Sayulita on the Pacific coast. With great food, a laid-back lifestyle and sunsets like these every night, I have a feeling it isn’t going to be much of a hardship…Continue Reading →
There’s just something about New York. A buzz, a hustle, a palpable energy radiating from the people around you. They walk faster, talk louder, do everything with a sense of determined purpose. The tired stereotype suggests that New Yorkers are rude, but I’ve never found that. They’re just in a hurry, and don’t often slow down for your benefit. Or, for that matter, anybody else’sContinue Reading →
Today is my last day in the US – after three months in this vast country, I’m flying to Mexico to find a little place beside the beach for a few months. Wherever I end up, the chilled-out lifestyle will be a far cry from the frenetic pace that greeted me during my few days in New York City last month.
Honking horns, blaring sirens, people coming and going no matter the hour … and of course, those ubiquitous yellow cabs that seem to be on every street corner until you actually need one.
I love the energy of this city. There’s nowhere else quite like it in the world.Continue Reading →
You know that time when you’re hiking through the desert, the sun is beating down, you’re low on water and you come across something that seems so odd that you start to wonder if you’re hallucinating it?
I present: this cactus, in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.
Yup, it’s odd. And more than a little phallic.Continue Reading →