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Cousin Doug

Cousin Doug

My Cousin Doug passed away on Monday.  He was my dad’s first cousin (so my first cousin once removed) and his death was rather sudden and unexpected.  I say this, not to elicit remarks of sympathy, but because I wish to share how special he was to me, and how grateful I feel to have had him in my life. Doug was a true appreciator of the natural world, an active and adventurous spirit with the physique of a god,…

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Costa Rican Holiday

Costa Rican Holiday

I just returned from 10 blissful days in Costa Rica.  I can’t quite escape the feeling that somehow I have gotten away with something – that having thumbed my nose at convention, I slammed the door shut on the all the holiday happenings, the excessive consumerism, the oppressive obligation, and the general seasonal stress. If I sound like a bit of a Grinch, I confess that I probably am.  I think part of it probably has to do with the…

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Old Cape Cod

Old Cape Cod

Here we are in the final days of summer, and I’ve been doing my best to eek out every last blissful moment out on Cape Cod. Every time I come here, I am amazed that such a national treasure exists in such close proximity to my home (just under 3 hours from my house to the “Outer Cape”). And this is really the perfect time to go: while the weather is still warm, but after the crowds are gone. It’s…

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Night Swimming

Night Swimming

It’s nighttime and the perfect evening for sitting out on my deck and writing by the flicker of candlelight. I’m feeling rather nostalgic, as I’m apt to feel on certain summer nights when the dampness of the grass clings to the air and the choir of crickets rises up singing the familiar song of so many summers past. I just came back from a swim a short while ago.  The water was so still and soft, brushing quietly past the…

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Maritime Adventure Part 3

Maritime Adventure Part 3

Saving the Best for Last Today was my last full day here in PEI, and arguably the best.  I left the national park a day ahead of schedule, and spent my time exploring and going wherever whim led me. The day started with a tranquil morning hike through old farm fields, woodlands, a fresh water wetland, and dunes that swept out to the ocean.  As I came through the wetland, I encountered many birds, including several great blue herons which…

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The Fox and the Dragonfly (Maritime Adventure Part 2)

The Fox and the Dragonfly (Maritime Adventure Part 2)

I arrived in PEI National Park today – a long, narrow tract of land that encompasses miles and miles of pristine beaches and soft sand dunes.  The Gulf of St. Lawrence is profoundly blue – a deep, dark shade that seems to well up from its inner depths.  I can imagine sitting here for hours, entranced by the long, rolling waves that push persistently forward onto the tawny shore. As happy as I am to be here, I’ve been a little troubled…

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Maritime Adventure Part 1

Maritime Adventure Part 1

A Broad Abroad I can hardly believe that I woke up at my campsite in Maine at 4:00 AM (after a few very broken hours of sleep), climbed a mountain to watch the sunrise, and now several hours later, I am sitting on the beach along the Bay of Fundy in Canada. I’m camping here for 2 nights, and then will continue on to Prince Edward Island. The scenery has been just stunning – rocky coastlines, deep blue windswept waters,…

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On the Road to Find Out

On the Road to Find Out

It’s 6:30 PM and I’m in bed, which is not all that uncommon for me this time of year.  However, one thing that is different about tonight is that I’m bundled up in my sleeping bag inside my tent.  It’s my second night of camping here in North Carolina.  I’m in a place called Croatan National Forest – a land of beautiful barrier islands and quiet coastal wetlands. I’m actually just passing through; tomorrow will be a new day in…

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