Redwoods and a Haiku

It was so rainy. The trees were magnificent. Was worth getting soaked.   [Photos of Big Basin Redwoods State Park from an excursion during a brief San Francisco trip. Yes, that last photo contains the debut of a Waldo hat.] Advertisements

I never thought I’d say it, but I actually appreciate the mosquitoes back home

I have despised mosquitoes for as long as I can remember, and when I find myself on mosquito hunting grounds at dusk, I tend to curse loudly about my sweet blood and leap about like a fool trying to get away from them. However, the mosquitoes that plague me with itchy welts every summer on … More I never thought I’d say it, but I actually appreciate the mosquitoes back home

Learning to Fly

I’m free in three dimensions and weightless, and I can barely believe I’m not dreaming. Looking up, the wrinkled sun shimmers and winks through my ascending bubbles. I swim, clumsy in the dense water and unused to controlling my buoyancy. I have a buddy for safety, but even so, the dive is a surprisingly solitary experience. Despite checking … More Learning to Fly

Black Lake, Montenegro

We had been roaming the countryside on a day-long road trip around Montenegro, and we were at our last stop before heading back to our hostel in Kotor. The weather, gorgeous since sunrise, was starting to turn, and low, gray clouds began to taunt us. Nevertheless, we parked and walked along a quiet forest road toward our destination, alone except for the … More Black Lake, Montenegro