I came in search of autumn leaves

Diary of an Autumn Leafer – the palaces and mountain tops of Seoul  If all else fails in finding an Outback Steakhouse, at least I should be able to find autumn leaves in Seoul. As someone who had grown up in the Midwest of the U.S., I was used to fall leaves. It was my…

Learning to deal with Disappointment

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – To the lighthouse(s) On the southern section of Long Beach Peninsula is the once-named Cape Disappointment State Park. An interesting name, to be sure, one garnered from one man’s – I bet you guess it – disappointment. One of the little history plaques – either that, or the…

More fringe than an 80s hair band

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – Packwood to Long Beach Before we left this area completely the next day, I commandeered the SUV to take us up to Mount St. Helen’s. Apparently, there was a viewing platform from which to best see the sleeping beauty, and I wanted to see it as clearly…

Dueling GPSs and the scenic route

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road trip – Tacoma to Packwood Packwood, eh? Well, after a great deal of research about somewhere to stay in Mt. Rainier National Park with year-round access (not all roads are created equally), I finally settled on the Crest Trail Lodge in Packwood, Washington. It looked like there was some…

The wuthering heights of Yorkshire

Anglotopia Day 7 – Drive from Edinburgh to Haworth to the edge of the Peaks “Come, walk with me” We used to love on winter nights To wander through the snow; Can we not woo back old delights? The clouds rush dark and wild They fleck with shade our mountain heights The same as long…

All creatures great and small

When I say I have had a veritable zoo or critter menagerie in my apartment over the year, I swear I am not exaggerating. Such is life in a ground floor apartment, in a village, in the foresty mountain area of Hong Kong. One thing most people don’t realize is that Hong Kong is only about…

I want 2 pina coladas, gotta have one for each hand …

Koh Samui is the epitome of all those songs about tropical drinks. Bophut Beach is a quieter cousin to its more popular family members across the island, but that suited me just fine. After the packed Friday night market, the rest of the weekend and week were very chill. Not that there isn’t plenty to…

A dash of sunshine, a sprinkle of surrealism, and stir

Following a truly satisfying hour long tour of Hospital in the Rock, I ventured back up to the city on the hill and found the quintessential Miró Cafe, a cafe dedicated to the surrealist master, painted in brilliant colors, and decorated with bits of his art. I indulged in the ultra-meaty beef stew with its thick, cotton-cloud-like…

Surreal flowers

Cambodia has some gorgeous flowers just hanging out. Our hotel had a smallish garden out front, and while we waited for the “bus” that was meant to take us to the boat for Battambang, I decided to photograph some of them and make a flower montage.