15 Feb, 2019

Annette and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |

I was driving to my cousin's house for dinner last week when two warning lights came on in the car. Then the instrument panel went dead. When I put on [...]

10 Aug, 2018

Crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry

August 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Turns out my one day of pure R&R this summer was spent crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry (our trip to New Orleans wasn't exactly R&R). Assembling this [...]

26 Aug, 2012

Vacation Serenity

August 26th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I've been quiet on this blog because we have been on vacation, including four rather blissful days without Internet access while we were staying at a beach house in Marin [...]

3 Jan, 2012

Candle Smoke Writing

January 3rd, 2012|Tags: , |

Here's a different kind of writing for you: Candle Smoke Writing, or rather, historical graffiti. My son and I stopped by Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky on our way [...]

19 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: The Spoils of Travel or What Do You Bring Home from a Trip?

September 19th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A month has passed since we returned from our road trip to the Southwest, and only today have I unpacked the last suitcase: mine. It always works like that: I [...]

28 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 13 (the last one): Homestead National Monument

August 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Then, as now, windmills dot the flat landscape. They provide the crucial source of power to pump up water. After catching our breath at the alpine views of the Rocky [...]

23 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 12: Mesa Arch Photo Essay

August 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

Mesa Arch @ Canyonlands National ParkMy son has this view as a wallpaper on his computer, and I have to admit I always thought it was fake until I spotted [...]

19 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 11: Arches National Park Photo Essay

August 19th, 2011|Tags: , , |

To quote my daughter: "This is cooler than Monument Valley." Some whining from my sons was involved because we were "hiking again" until they realized the arches offered climbing opportunities. [...]

17 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 10: Salt Lake City

August 17th, 2011|Tags: , |

My number one goal for our visit to Salt Lake City was to float in the Great Salt Lake. A few years ago on a trip to Israel, we'd all floated [...]

16 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 9: Las Vegas with Kids

August 16th, 2011|Tags: , |

One thing I liked at the Hoover Dam: Those cool 1930s Art Deco towers. What to do in Las Vegas with kids? First of all, I must say Las Vegas, [...]

14 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 8: Wild Horses near Las Vegas

August 14th, 2011|Tags: , |

My daughter's number one wish for this road trip (every family member got one) was to see wild horses. I was nervous about that - after all, they are wild, [...]

10 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 7: Death Valley Photo Essay

August 10th, 2011|Tags: , , |

This photo is a tribute Cath Barton's cover photo "Eleven" of Prime Number Magazine's Issue 11 that also features my essay "Waiting in the Dark." I was about to take a picture [...]

9 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 6: The Canyons

August 9th, 2011|Tags: , , |

I haven't quite figured out yet what it means to visit great places like Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park a second time, except that it is [...]

6 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 5: Rafting the Colorado River Triggers Childhood Memory

August 6th, 2011|Tags: , |

View from the Glen Canyon Dam down to where to floats disembark One way to keep family members happy on a long road trip is to ask beforehand what each [...]

5 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 4: Bluff Fort and Natural Bridges National Monument

August 5th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Bluff Fort: The only original cabin still standing sits on local sandstone slabs to keep the wood from rotting. And keep in mind: no chain saw to cut down those [...]

4 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 3: Ancient Pueblos – Chaco and Mesa Verde

August 4th, 2011|Tags: , , |

The road trip report continues: Here I am in full hiking regalia, ready to tackle what turned out to be a rather tough climb to a plateau to overlooking Pueblo [...]

2 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 2: Texas Panhandle – Santa Fe

August 2nd, 2011|Tags: , , |

The report from our road trip to the Southwest continues, this time with a program in contrasts: So the Texas Panhandle is flat, so flat you feel some higher power [...]

29 Jul, 2011

Road Trip Report 1: St. Louis – Oklahoma

July 29th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Some impressions from the Big American Road Trip with my family, driving from Chicago to explore the Southwest this summer. City Museum St. Louis - the name does it a [...]

24 Jul, 2011

Oklahoma City Memorial: Every Item Had a Story

July 24th, 2011|Tags: , , |

We visited the Memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing on Thursday, and it saddens me how oddly fitting that visit now is given Friday’s rather similar tragedy in Norway. Visits [...]

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