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NZ 2017 – Aoraki to Cromwell

Third day. Hearty breakfast with lamb sausage. Rain. We hiked the Hooker Valley Track, took the steep steps up the overlook to the Tasman Glacier, and skipped out to Kea Point. There, we first heard – then saw with awe – the glaciers groan and quake on the mountain face in front of us, spewing […]

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New Zealand 2016 – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongario Alpine Crossing is the most amazing, changeable hike. For more than 14 miles – with side trips, crests, and sulfuric springs to explore – one passes past bare, volcanic terrain and alpine slopes, steaming, emerald pools and jade-leaved jungle. I think I fell romantically in love with Mount Ngauruhoe, the active stratovolcano that rises […]

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From the Road, 10/1-10/4/2015

The scene opens with our protagonist crackling sheets of seaweed snacks into her mouth, chewing complicatedly, absentmindedly, as she hurtles down the highway to PANTyRAiD’s firm beat. She has passed countless hours this month, this year, just like this – with the miles ticking away as steadily as the unfaltering bass. From PA to New England, […]

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One of the most important things to me is community – having one and being a part of one – resting in that place where you know everyone and are known yourself, strengths, flaws, and all. In New Mexico, the years I spent in Grants and San Fidel – working at the school, as a […]

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My Lady’s House

There is light in my lady’s house . . . She and our lovable Grape reside in a homey boghouse, newly cozy, where the crackling woodstove dries out the drips and damp brought in from walks in the soggy yard and rain days along the creek. From the middle of the living room, the hungry, iron mouth chomps […]

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