Tag Archives: travel

England Trek: Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a photographer’s dreamscape. Not only is it among the more well-preserved castles in England, but there is also ceaseless medieval entertainment. Because parts of the castle have crumbled away, the lines and shapes that the eye are drawn to are magnificent. The eraser of time has opened up most of the roof […]

Travel Like A Five-Year-Old

“Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.” – Eskimo proverb As I said in a previous post, I was in Atlanta visiting family. On Friday night, my sister  Donna and brother-in-law Matt and I were sitting on their deck enjoying a nightcap. They had just put my nephew Jackson and […]

Edinburgh International Festival: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

After much deliberation in Grassmarket, we agreed to eat at The Black Bull where I had my first taste of the nationally distributed IPA, Deuchar’s.  It was much subtler than the micro-brewed IPAs I am used to (and prefer) and, being a pub ale, it was served flat and mostly warm. Deuchar’s certainly fit the […]

Edinburgh International Festival: Grassmarket

After Kim and I had landed a total dream job, we asked our boss if he would extend our tickets a week so that we could travel somewhere after the trek. He quite willingly obliged Initially, we thought to hop on a train from Manchester and cruise north to Scotland. My parents visited there a […]

England Trek: Bustle, Inertia, Integration, Favorites

I’ve backpacked hundreds and hundreds of miles. I’ve hiked and climbed thousands of feet in the alpine. I’ve walked innumerable city blocks. I’ve trained for and run many a foot race. I rode my bicycle from Sandpoint, Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona. So when I got asked to guide this trek in Europe, not only was […]

The Solace of Travel

 As long as he was merely pulling down the curtain of one landscape behind him and raising that of another in front of him, as long as he was merely driving, he did not need to make plans for the future, to decide how he should live, or even whether he should live. The above […]

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington: Gateway to the Enchantments. Backcountry skier’s delight. Alpine climber’s Valhalla. Boulderer’s sending ground. Beer drinker’s garden. Faux-Bavarian paradise. Leavenworth sprouted its unremarkable beginnings as a timber community in the late 1800s. Great North Railroad chose Leavenworth as its headquarters until the 1920s when it relocated to Wenatchee, about 20 miles away. This relocation […]

Sprinter-Lust

In the past couple of days I read an article on wand’rly entitled “How to Make a Living on the Road” (http://wandrlymagazine.com/how-to/make-a-living-on-the-road/). It’s a collection of inspiring interviews from people who have traded in their nine-to-fives and mortgages for fifth-wheels and mobile-web access. These odyssean adventurers have embraced a traditionally retrograde lifestyle (that is usually […]