Category Archives: adventure

walk on.

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dear friends, j and b, walk in michigan

getting ready for the big walk.

they leave tomorrow –

i wish them both the best of luck on their journey

 and look forward to their tales from along the way

knowing they will return somehow changed forever.

the portuguese way/caminho português

The Portuguese Way (Spanish: Camino Portugués, Portuguese: Caminho Português) is the name of the Way of St. James pilgrimage routes starting in Portugal. It begins at Porto or Lisbon. From Porto, pilgrims travel north before entering Spain and passing through Padron on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

The Portuguese way is 227 km long starting in Porto. The way from Porto was historically used by the local populations and by those who arrived in the local ports.

In the contemporary period, most pilgrims are foreigners, and of the total number reaching Galicia between January and October  2017, only 4.27% were Portuguese. Roughly 30,000 pilgrims per year walk this path.

Arrival of queen Elizabeth of Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, after finishing the Portuguese Way around 1325, after the death of her husband, Denis of Portugal.

 

“a path is a prior interpretation

of the best way to traverse a landscape.” 

 -rebecca solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

credits: wikipedia

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sporktacular!!

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got these for my grandies

soon to set off for a camping trip 

on manitou island

where they’ll have only whatever they can carry in

this utensil will help to take care of at least 4 things

knife, fork, spoon, and ?

 

“every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article 

designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings.”

-robert collier

what I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it. – juliette binoche

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spent the afternoon at

 the rogers centre

in canada

where the

baseball opened with

the official roof report –

‘the roof is open’

 the game began

and we

watched our detroit tigers

get mowed over

by the toronto blue jays

such a game (15-1)

where

our outfielder even

lost track of

how many outs there were

and forgot to throw the ball back

toronto fans threw out hats

when their player hit 3 home runs

all in the same game

and

hockey and baseball

blurred lines

in the old hockey tradition

of the hat trick

then

every opposing starter

got at least on base

giving us the chance

to see their entire roster

all in one game

but the staff and the local fans

were very friendly

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except for the guy

who impounded

our piñata head mascot

kind of a chicken

who was meant to be a tiger

(a chi-ger)

upon entering the stadium

lest i possibly wear it

and conceal my identity

but we decided to shake it all off

and

embrace the huge loss of this game

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by enjoying the town

with fans from both sides

and

our pinata

came right along with us

as we met

a rickshaw driver

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a man with a chicken hat

( a kindred spirit who grew up in my hometown)

a street singer with a bag on his head

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a sweaty spiderman

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 and a band

playing american and canadian covers

so we danced a lot

and passed the piñata on to the band

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but upon returning to our hotel

i couldn’t exactly remember

my hotel room number

except for the last two digits

which caused a bit of a logistical issue

so i visited a few floors

on the elevator that only moved

in response to an electronic key swipe

(who knew?)

saw a lot of our beautiful hotel

made friends with the front desk

who made a few phone calls

to my fellow travelers

who mostly had their phones shut off

in this

faraway and friendly foreign land

and

finally got back into my room

where i soon after

got locked in the glass shower

for a while

then

relaxed and drifted off to sleep

in my pillowy bed

until there was

a 3am fire alarm (false)

but it was one great day

leading into the next

and

there certainly was a lot of laughter

i’d say there were

at least

3 major bouts of laughter

all in the same day.

and

that’s a hat trick.

‘that’s the beauty of sport.

sometimes you laugh,

sometimes you cry.’

– joseph gradual

i’m not confused. i’m just well mixed. – robert frost

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so excited!

we put the food together quickly

packed a picnic

headed out to the arboretum

our sanctuary

right in the heart of the city

on a perfect late summer night

to see live opera

performed by

 university music students

found a parking space

how lucky!

hauled out our gear

hiked in a mile

worth it!

found the amphitheater

saw an open space for a great place to sit

our luck just kept getting better!

didn’t hear any music

wondered if we were too early

didn’t see any signs of a musical set-up

didn’t see any people around

walked on a bit

listened

to see if perhaps

the music was

 in another location in the park

i even said,

(a bit indignantly and dismayed),

“the paper said it was on the 23rd at 5:00!”

at that

mg turned his head

looked at me

and

it was then that i knew

something was wrong

 he calmly mentioned

that it was actually

still the 22nd at the moment

 we were a bit early

24 hours early

but at least we had great seats.

i’m hopping off to san diego for an early spring long weekend thaw.

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(not me, but very similar)

the Alaskan tree frog

freezes solid

during the winter

including

stopping it’s heart

and then

thaws in the spring

and

hops away!

image credit: snakebytestv

buy the ticket, take the ride. – hunter s. thompson

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valentine’s night 

was wonderful

downtown

beautiful view

of the

frozen river

shared border

between

two countries

with

cityscapes

old and new

snow falling

no worries

about driving

bitter cold

warm company

a new dress

romantic

took a cab

to a

lovely dinner

in a beautiful

historic house

glowing with warmth

and

hints of

delicious food

and then

the play

one of my favorites

sweet

musical

love story

calm

and after

ready for

the trip back

into

the

comforting embrace

of

 our warm hotel

but

the cabs

were hiding

in

places unknown

staying warm inside

remote garages

and

mg rescued

a woman’s lost glove

part of a another

happy couple

and

in return

we met them

 they were

in the same

transportation predicament

waiting for their car

and she said

‘don’t worry.

you have a ride with us.’

and

we uber-ed

with the

random strangers

 when

the driver

finally arrived

we immediately

headed

in the wrong direction

turn signal on

lost

confused

friendly

new driver

mario 

second day on the job

in over his head

from brazil

no sense of direction

worse than mine

didn’t know the city at all

using his boss’s car

so much laughter

and we had

a crazy ride 

and saw

our hotel

in the

opposite direction

drove through the city

more laughter

 one of our hipster

fellow passengers 

and tried to

take on the role

of navigator

she had begun

celebrating early

and was

 much loved by her partner

who accepted

her funny side

and her state of

altered reality

that was clear

and we all

told mario

‘look for the biggest building in the city. 

the one you see in all the pictures.

head towards the river.

you can’t miss it.’

but 

somehow

he did

miss it

and 

even more

laughter

and

survival bonding

and i

offered her

my rose

as a thank you

for the ride

as they finally

dropped us

and headed off

for places unknown

their own destination

even farther away

and it was

 like being part of

a performance art skit 

and

so glad

we held on

 embraced the adventure

 for the ride of our lives

the perfect ending

to a magical night.

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be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. the ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.  
– edward whitacre, jr.