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Oh, changeable London weather. By the time we left, it was gorgeous.

My favorite touristy thing in London: Westminster Abbey

By     |    Oct 4, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, England, London     |    No Comments

I love cemeteries. Not modern cemeteries so much — they feel too sad, too fresh and recent. I’m happy in old, old cemeteries with elaborate sculptures and tombs and overgrown plantings. Places like Père Lachaise, Montmartre Cemetery, and the Catacombs in Paris, the Unitarian Church’s cemetery in Charleston, Lafayette Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, or any little cemetery in downtown Boston…these places can combine the history of a museum, the greenery […]

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A Thames Clipper, from a Thames Clipper.

The best free / cheap things to do in London

By     |    Sep 25, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    1 Comment

London is expensive. Finding free or cheap things to do is tricky — you’ve got to be creative. At least the majority of the national museums have free admission for their permanent collections, so you can always duck inside on a rainy day. But maybe you’re sick of museums…then what? Here’s our pick of the best free(ish) things to do in London… 1. Explore The V&A Museum What?! Didn’t I […]

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Hairy net of poo. [pdo]

A Rant about Modern Art and the Tate Modern

By     |    Sep 21, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    2 Comments

I don’t get modern art. Don’t get me wrong, I like modern art, sometimes, but I don’t usually GET it. I’m pretty convinced that no one other than very imaginative people, other artists, and art students actually GET it. I’m pretty sure that sometimes (often?) there’s nothing there to be gotten. But I love exhibits at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art (aka the MCA) in Chicago, the new Modern Wing at the […]

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Ship looming on the horizon.

Road Crazies in Kansas

By     |    Sep 5, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Kansas     |    2 Comments

I saw the ship on the horizon and pointed it out to Lisa. Then the shooting started. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! I ducked under the dashboard. Lisa swerved. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! Goddamn. They were firing at us. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “Speed up, Lisa, speed up!” I yelled. “Put the hammer down!” Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “What about that island? Let’s hide on the island.” she said. She pointed to the island on the horizon to the right. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “We’ll be sitting ducks there. […]

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Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle! A pilgrimage to the original Chipotle in Denver.

By     |    Aug 31, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Food     |    4 Comments

According to Wikipedia (today’s definer of choice!) a pilgrimage is… …a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith…many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening, or of their connection…with the […]

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Maybe Paul's tendency to stand on the edge of canyons helped contribute to my nightmare.

Falling into canyons at Black Canyon National Park

By     |    Aug 29, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Hikes, Parks     |    2 Comments

I keep having this recurring nightmare: Paul and I are standing on the edge of a canyon. One after the other, we fall in. Paul falls in, then I fall in. I fall in, then Paul falls in. Over and over. Sometimes we fall in because the wind blew a little too strongly or because the rock gave way under our feet or because we couldn’t keep our footing on […]

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Dinosaur National Monument gives us the perfect desert goodbye

By     |    Aug 27, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Hikes, Parks, Utah     |    No Comments

Yes, Dinosaur National Monument has dinosaur bones. The best bones have long been removed and placed in museums, but they’ve left a few in place to illustrate the amazing forces that made these bones find-able in the first place: first, lots of animals and dinosaurs died in a river bed. Sad. The smaller animals and dinosaurs were washed away by the river but the bigger ones settled down and were buried by […]

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Wheeler Peak.

Great Basin National Park: From Underground to the Top of the World in Two Hours

By     |    Aug 23, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Nevada, Parks     |    1 Comment

Like Guadalupe National Park, Great Basin National Park is an island in the middle of the desert. The Great Basin desert, to be exact. Great Basin National Park covers part of the Snake Range, a mountain range running close to the Nevada/Utah border, and the tallest point is Wheeler Peak, at 13,063 feet. At treeline on Wheeler Peak and a few other high points you can find Bristlecone Pine trees […]

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A huge, flat valley.

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Nevada     |    No Comments

The Loneliest Road in America: Highway 50, east from Reno straight across Nevada. At least, as straight across Nevada as is possible. You very quickly get into a rhythm on Highway 50. Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat valley. The rhythm lulls you into a kind of peaceful, meditation-y state. The few diversions stand out like welcome mirages. The road is a smooth […]

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Before we leave, one last look at Half Dome...

The best view in Yosemite: the Sentinel Dome-Taft Point loop trail

By     |    Aug 20, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Hikes, Parks     |    2 Comments

The most famous view of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is the vista from Glacier Point. That’s where everyone heads, and you’ve got to see it, but try this first: stop at the Sentinel Dome trailhead and hike the 4.9 mile Sentinel Dome/Taft Point loop trail. Head towards Sentinel Dome first and scramble up its bald, granite head for an amazing, 360 degree view of the granite-coated park. Then […]

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