Race Report: The Barkley Fall Classic 2021
I am alone, and everything hurts. Hurts is an understatement. I don’t know how far I’ve run, or how long I’ve been out here. I don’t know where ‘here’ is. My hands are crammed under my hydration pack to keep the weight off my collarbones. My thighs shriek with every uphill step.
My last evening, I walked until my left foot was cramped, thinking about why I had come to Tokyo. Every neon lit alley was filled with my internal chatter, conversations where I kept replaying him in my mind. Intrusively our dialogue looped until I couldn’t remember which parts came first. He seemed to be a master of ease, despite the chaos that surrounded him. When he sounded her name, everything seemed to fold into one another.
The Perfect Pairing: Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween
While he spoke, the lady Madeline (for so was she called) passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and, without having noticed my presence, disappeared. I regarded her with an utter astonishment not unmingled with dread--and yet I found it impossible to account for such feelings. A sensation of stupor oppressed me, as my eyes followed her retreating steps. Edgar Allan Poe (The Fall of the House of Usher)
Sightseeing When Everyone's Asleep!
It's a beautiful sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar. Many tourists enjoy watching the last rays of sun and just a few minutes later, they all get in the cars and get back to their hotels, except me!
The Scariest Places In The World
Halloween is right around the corner and with Covid, you're probably not planning a trip to some scary, haunted destination of horror...
We travelled full time with our children and it cost us less than our home life.
We have always loved travelling. The feeling of seeing somewhere new for the very first time is like no other. Building a relationship with the place is also a very special experience that cannot be achieved merely by just a holiday. Every year since our children were young, we would go spend a month at a time in Florence, Italy. This became our home from home, we fell in love with the place. It was undoubtedly destined to be a special location for us as it was Florence that my Husband asked me to be his wife. Barely 19 years old, we had saved up £200 and managed to get cheap flights and a couple of nights in a beautiful bed and breakfast in the middle of the city. One evening after we had gone out for dinner, we went and listened to a violinist play ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’ in a small Chiesa then upon returning to the rooftop, with the most striking views of the Duomo, my now Husband asked me to be his wife. So, the romance of Florence seemed to cement firmly in our bones from then on, and we returned each year. We would do this as cheaply as possible, by renting out a place on Airbnb for a month at off-peak times of the year and would find inexpensive flights. This way we would save up to £100 each month over the year, and get a month away in Italy with flights for less than £1000, which at the time we thought was amazing.
Two Rainy Days in New York City
Broadway is back! And, boy, how I have missed it. "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." - Les Miserables
Sometimes Life is Literal Poop
Sometimes Life is Full of Literal Poop I paused at the end of the long winding gravel driveway contemplating the farm I had chosen for the first night of camping in this new phase of my life. Due to a change in circumstance two years ago, I made the decision to camp across North America full time. I planned my new adventure over two years with budgeting, travel apps, and memberships, trial run rental campers, a few weeks here and a few weeks there. Today was the first day of my newly chosen lifestyle. I finagled a spot at a sheep farm in rural Maryland using my new Harvest Host membership which allows for free camping on farms, wineries, breweries, and museums. The driveway wound up a long sloping hill through several paddocks of fluffy white sheep. It looked perfect. And safe.
Travel Do's and Dont's
Walk a mile, or a thousand, in someone else's shoes. Travel Do's and Dont's from those who have been there, done that.
Wander smarter, and talk shop with those who've been down that road before.
The world is yours for the taking. Where will you backpack to next?
Ballinger's Old Town Christmas provides a genuine Old West Christmas experience.
When the Christmas lights in Old Town Christmas, located just south of Ballinger, come on after dark on a 75-degree West Texas evening, it's just after dark. A big pumpkin patch was bursting with a little over a month ago. It's now Old Town Christmas, replete with a Christmas tree farm featuring five different tree varieties to choose from.
It was at a small diner in Iowa that I met her. I couldn't tell you her name, or much of what she looked like, but I remember our conversation. My now husband, Shane and I were on the first leg of our cross country road trip. We told her of our six months of working multiple jobs and renovating the old camper we found on Craigslist. It was a story we would tell a million more times before the trip was through, and yet it was not our story that keeps this moment in time stuck in my mind, it was hers.
A New York State of Mind
The alarm went off and I was UP. As in I leaped out of bed, ready to get moving type of up, which was something that I was not used to. I hated mornings, hated alarm clocks and definitely did not get up with any sort of enthusiasm, ever. But today was a different day, a very different day indeed. I changed, brushed my teeth, woke my friend up and headed out with two big 45 pound—but less than 50–rolling suitcases, on our way to the Love Field airport in Dallas, Texas.
The Enchanted Rock
“We should visit Enchanted Rock,” Andrew suggested one evening, not long after we started dating. I pictured a place shrouded in a sparkling mist and peopled with tiny fairies peeking from behind evergreens. I worried whether the rock, enchanted or not, would provide shade. I’m a great fan of shade, especially when the temperature gets above eighty degrees. When I hike in the summer, I stuff my hydration pack full of ice. I’d carry an electric fan if I could, and string out a bright orange extension cord behind me as I tramp along the trail. Our visit to the Enchanted Rock Natural Area in the Hill Country of Texas was to take place in the unseasonably warm month of May.
Pre-Flight RV Checklist
My husband and I wanted to wait until jus the right time to climb in our motorhome and drive away. I simply didn’t realize Randy and I defined “right time” so drastically different.
The unexpected outcome of a digital nomad experience
Far from being the perfect wanderlust life we see through Instagram photos, my experience traveling the world was filled with ups and downs.
This was my first time. The other three guys had prior experience. Teddy was a retired engineer from the Merchant Marines, so you could say he was the leader, although that’s not what he wanted to be. He wanted to be left alone. Mike had taken several cruise trips, spending most of his time in the casinos while his wife baked on deck. Jack had once sailed to Bermuda with his wife and returned an unhappy man. It was the beginning of the end for them.
Moving to Việt Nam during a pandemic: Chapter 2, 3 December 2021
I moved to Ho Chi Minh City - formerly known as Sai Gon, a name still widely used in the city itself - on Monday. A week locked in a hotel room should have been long enough to sort out all the admin requirements. I acquired a SIM card, downloaded apps, and completed online declarations. I saved QR codes and plane tickets to my phone. And I made sure I was in reception half an hour before my taxi was due, at 11am, just in case there was a problem paying for my daily 'coffee latte, hot', which turned out to cost £4 each, or my nightly 'Bia Sai Gon' which cost a much more reasonable £1 each.
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