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New York state of mind

What is the New York state? The dogs wear sweaters. The men have hipster beards and wear lumberjack plaid shirts. I keep washing my hands because everything is sticky. The subway entry gates DO NOT like me - access denied. Twice. The bathroom in Central Park was locked. So, well, … [Read more...]

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Much to do on Huahine

We hired an archaeologist to take us around to learn about the ruins and pre-contact culture. We visited a site at Maeve (primarily documented by Dr. Yosihiko H. Sinoto), one of the largest collections of ruins in the South Pacific. We were able to see some of the marae* (alters) and put early … [Read more...]

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Baguette boxes and butter

The pace slowed way down, and we all adjusted accordingly. The sunsets were absolutely amazing, as were the sunrises. I made sure I got up every day to enjoy these special gifts. Usually this meant getting up at 4 a.m.   The first couple days of the trip, we all got sucked into drinking … [Read more...]

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A toast to dinner, even if we don’t know what we just ordered

We all met in LA over a period of 24 hours. The group consisted of Ryan and Tate, a younger couple from Portland, Marla – also from Portland, myself, and Bonita from Austin. Marla, Bonita, and I go back decades, but this was really the first time I have spent any time around the “boys.” I have … [Read more...]

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Paradise

A different kind of adventure! Years ago a seed was planted for a getaway with friends to celebrate the milestone of 50. Now, I’m not yet at that milestone, but two of the three have crossed to the other side. The getaway destination, complements of Marla, was set for French Polynesia.  (Fast … [Read more...]

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Looking For Death

I flew into Seattle for the weekend. Tickets were so cheap that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. My good friend Marla rode the train up from Portland and met me at the airport. From there we headed north to the border. During my travels by motorcycle in Canada the last few years, I’ve … [Read more...]

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Will TSA confiscate my voodoo?

I needed a break from the small city and from the cold gray days of Alaska. My good friend Marla invited me to the bigger city of Portland, Oregon for the weekend. Off I went. Now Portland is one of my favorite towns to spend time in. Unlike its sister city Seattle, it actually measures up to … [Read more...]

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A symphony of lights

So I was lying in bed Friday night, my condo faces east towards the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage – only a half a dozen blocks from the end of the city. I live on the edge of night pollution. The dark mountains rise just outside my window. My room on the 3rd floor and the hill that the condo sits … [Read more...]