Great Summer Road Trip! Category

New Mexico may be distinctly weird, but Arizona has its own distinct "flavor" as a place with a sly sense of humor. Freshly escaped from New Mexico, I was aiming for a stopover at Paolo Santeri's Arcosanti, followed by the Joshua Tree National Park in California. I cover Arcosanti in another posting; this one's for […]

Texas has somewhat of a bad reputation in the rest of the country. For example, I told some of the folks I know that I'd be driving pretty much straight through the state. The responses varied from (effectively), "Probably wise. Be careful!" from several friends — to an emphatic, "Good," from my mom, who actually […]

I think I'm in love. :) I have never been in a city like New Orleans before, or seen a neighborhood like the French Quarter. I ended up wandering the French Quarter for most of the day that I was in New Orleans, in fact. By the time I left the city, I'd gotten: sore […]

Jumping back in time, some thoughts from a few days ago while in Gainesville: It's a lovely morning in Florida — yes, I made it safely to my parents' place! Due to different schedules, it's currently just me sitting in this nice, cool room and looking out into the lush greenery. The occasional tiny lizard […]

I'm in N'Awlins! It is… an astonishing mix. Dignified antebellum grande dames draped with Mardi Gras beads on their wrought-iron upper balconies sit cheek-by-jowl with sleek concrete modern banks adorned with cocky neon signs. An ornate "classical" style court building gleams internally from multiple glittering chandeliers I see winking from a side window. Looking up […]

Pausing in a McDonald's just outside Beaumont, TX on Sunday the 15th; driving progresses well, & I should be safely in Gainesville, FL at the appropriate time. I have discovered the perfect use for NPR's Lake Wobegon (& other programs), which I do not ordinarily listen to: making the time pass with at least mild […]

Went through Winslow, AZ. Alas, no flatbed Fords, let alone girls, my lord… slowing down to take a look at me. Then again, I'd really rather a cute young cowboy was doing the slowing down. Of course, knowing me, I'd assume he was checking out Dark Star, not me. :) Traveling through southwest Texas, I […]

Writing this just after finishing the cavern tour in Sonora. Carlsbad's caverns are much larger, of course, and the rock formations are more… clustered by type, I think, over that span. For example, the deepest the Sonora cave goes is about 150', where Carlsbad's underground visitor center (which is not actually the deepest point) gave […]

Friday the 13th has always been a lucky day for me, oddly enough. I got my first horse on Friday the 13th, and 13 was my number when I had my biggest win with him while showing. This Friday the 13th was no exception to that rule for me, since that was when I stumbled […]

Woohooo! I have not only scored a drop-in campsite at the Grand Canyon, but I have also showered and laundered! No worries, I shall modestly acclaim your gasps of astonishment and awe. Showers and clean clothes are awesome! Truly the kami who watch over Dark Star and I are mighty! :) Also, some culinary firsts! […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.



Collie’s Bestiary