February is almost done. The cold still grips us, there is still snow on the ground. There’s been snow on the ground a long time, unusual for us except in the worst winters. March marks so many things. The month we get the most daylight back. The vernal equinox. My birthday. And this year, significantly, […]


I went back to my travel journal, to see what I wrote about driving from the middle bit of Oklahoma over to Memphis, Tennessee. The answer is: not much. On that drive, I got very caught up in the audiobook. I was on the fourth book of the Dark Tower series and it was all […]

Day…Something. Roswell

It was Friday, September 13. I woke up at 3 a.m. in the National 9 Inn in Roswell, New Mexico, suddenly overcome by a hunger so profound it would under no circumstances allow me to go back to sleep until I had a handful of trail mix. Fortunately, after that I did manage to fall […]

Grand Canyon, Day Two!

On this trip, I had a plan, and I didn’t deviate from it very much. The stop at Arches wasn’t originally in there, but I was always going to be driving right past it, so it wasn’t a big change. The day I visited the Grand Canyon was a long one, but a good one. […]

Light and shadow

The month is winding down. It is Thanksgiving Day, the 28th of November this year, and I am barely to the halfway point of writing about my trip. It has been an incredible year for me, and I can only hope that my sense of gratitude has managed to keep up with it. In the […]

On that particular day

When I started planning the trip, I knew I wanted to go right after Labor Day. I didn’t want summer-vacation crowds but I didn’t want to push any later into the year because of the possibility of snow in the mountains. It wasn’t my intention, when I started mapping it out, to spend September 11 […]

Grand Canyon Begins!

Day nine was Wednesday, September 11, and it was the day I finally went to the Grand Canyon. My hotel in Flagstaff was about 70 miles from the Desert View park entrance. I had heard of the marvels of sunrises and sunsets at the canyon, so I checked the sunrise time: it was around 6 […]

The Little Things

Tonight is our last book club meeting of the year, or at least the last one where we actually discuss a book. We’ll have our holiday party, where we’ll just enjoy each other’s company without the pretense of talking about a book. Though one of the best things about our book club is even though […]

Day Eight Concludes

On my way out of Arches National Park, I did stop in the gift shop for some postcards and fridge magnets and that sort of thing. Then, time to head out! I gassed up in Moab. Utah gas is tricky. They do octane levels differently. You see a reasonable price on the regular gas, but […]