Great Summer Road Trip! Category

I am become a connoisseur of mountains. ;) Most California mountains are sneaky. They slide under the roads and hillsides, laughing foggy breaths in the dusk and dawn at how well their shaggy disguises of grasses and trees work. You drive along innocently enough, occasionally noticing the clusters of rocky spines along their backs, but […]

Writing this on the night of the 8th, from a wonderful little hole-in-the-wall pizza & brews place called Hot Mama's! I'm muddy, exhausted, starving, and triumphant — I walked the lava tubes! So cool! So muddy! So in need of a washing machine at my next stop too. The township is called Duck Creek, and […]

I ended up not being able to get my original room for a second night, so I had to go across the road to the Plaza for a slightly more expensive, but also much nicer room. The Plaza is a far more… upscale hotel than the Las Vegas Club, though they're both owned by the […]

I'm sitting in a restaurant in Las Vegas as I type this, reminding myself that having a touch of heat stroke does not put oneself into the best frame of mind for analyzing one's locale. It is smotheringly hot! I've lived in Texas, Florida, California, and Oklahoma, so you'd think I know how to handle […]

We are an extraordinarily noisy species. Lying in my cozy bed this morning around 7:30am, I know I am about 20 miles into wilderness… yet even here I can hear the distant rush and roar of traffic passing by. I luxuriate in the comfort, and realize this isn't really wilderness, per se. I am in […]

I'm here! In Yosemite! Eating a really excellent salad, and with a pizza waiting for me. Well, okay, I'm devouring the salad — got excited about getting to Yosemite tonight, and waited too long. Ravenous! Salad's still delicious, though. No coverage here, so I can't access the internet, but I can set this up for […]

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