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I’m incredibly close to home now — 2.57 miles according to the GPS — but I wanted to have at least a little opportunity to write about today before outside, subjective forces skewed my memory. A “little” opportunity may be all I give myself, since it’s so hot here ...

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Meade, Kansas

I’m back in Kansas, my home state and, you know, I couldn’t mistake it for any other. Just beyond the Colorado border I was greeted with fresh green corn fields, frosted with a blanket of golden tassels, proper corn fields unlike any I’ve seen elsewhere in my ...

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Wolf Creek, Colorado

With the Dick Works family pounding the road toward Kansas bright and early this morning at 7 a.m., I got also got an early start on my self-prepared scenic tour of Western Colorado. The drive will be one of my most memorable, taking in some of the prettiest and ...

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Snowmass Village, Colorado

Dick & Karen let us sleep in until nine before we dashed off to the Aspen Highlands for today’s adventure. From the highlands, we caught a short guided shuttle bus ride to the trailheads of the famous Maroon Bells, a few miles up a road with limited access in the ...

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Snowmass Village, Colorado

For the first time in my trip, and so close to the end, I’ve failed to do my journal on the proper day. If I don’t lose you in the semantics, today is “tomorrow”, and “today” is yesterday. I’m writing yesterday’s journal today. Today is not ...

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Snowmass Village, Colorado

I’m definitely back into familiar territory. And with it, familiar faces. My uncle Dick and aunt Karen and cousins Adam and Sarah graciously invited me to spend some time with them while they’re vacationing in the Aspen area this week. I had planned on holding out for another ...

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Natural Bridges, Utah

I can’t remember ever sleeping so well. I think I might have just slept through the day if the sun hadn’t made an oven of my tent. The weather was perfect all through the night and I was able to sleep without my foam pad since there was ...

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Bryce Canyon, Utah

When I set out on this journey for the summer, I knew I’d have to face the awful heat of August, the terrible dry heat of the Southwestern deserts. I purposely planned my trip to avoid heat or at least to put it off as long as possible. But ...

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Mesquite, Nevada

I’m a roulette junkie. It’s about the only thing I’ve done all day, roulette. And now, after 9 p.m., I’m still planning on playing some more before I hit the sack.

My day started with an unsatisfying (but extremely filling) breakfast at the Circus Circus ...

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Las Vegas, Nevada

I think I owe the Angelinos and their city a sincere apology. I have committed a true traveler’s fallacy and judged before I visited and for that, dear Los Angeles, I am sorry. My expectations were not completely misguided, but I happened to be surprised and pleased by most ...

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Ventura, California

With just two major stops along the coast today, I made quick work of the remaining rugged Big Sur coastline. I won’t linger on any flowery detail, since it’s already been covered quite inadequately, so we’ll just jump straight into the highlights.

My first stop was at ...

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Big Sur, California

I didn’t even stop in the city this morning, just flew on through. It was cloudy and rainy like it has been every morning in California since I’ve lived here. But inevitably, as was true again today, just around mid-morning the low fog sweeps out to sea and ...

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San Francisco, California

Back in the Beat days with my boys Kerouac and Ginsberg, something happened in San Francisco that made people all over the nation emulate those gone dudes, their roadtrips and drug-taking, their embrace of the Eastern religions, their wild partying and sleepless weeks. I think there’s still a sense ...

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Point Reyes, California

I have got to stop having these amazing days, these terribly long days. I don’t have the energy. I don’t have the energy to write my journal, and that’s a shame.

The format of yesterday’s journal went really well, I think, so I’m going to ...

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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

Everything fell into place, clockwork and circumstance, and today came together to be about as perfect as I can imagine. It wasn’t an unforgettable day, necessarily, but I filled it with such a variety of things that the sum of its parts truly adds up to something special. And ...

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Diamond Lake, Oregon

I don’t remember when I began to obsess about my hair so much. It’s a fascination now and one of my most prized possessions, though probably not deservingly. It’s generally protected, at least. I try to take care of it and have pampered it for over a ...

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Warrenton, Oregon

I once read that every breath I take has something like .00005 percent of Julius Caesar’s last exhale in it. I’m breathing some of the same air as did Julius Caesar. Of course the point of that fact is just to show how recycled our air is and ...

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Lakewood, Washington

I mentioned in a foreword to yesterday’s journal that being amongst familiar people — my cousins and aunt, in this case — makes it difficult to put much effort into writing my daily journal, simply because they prove to be a pleasant distraction, an attractive alternative to doing my journal. But ...

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Lakewood, Washington

A modest account of the day follows. In the presence of familiar people, I’m not finding much effort to do a thoughtful journal so I shall just put down a simple and exclusive reenactment:

I arrived at my cousins’ place in Lakewood, near Tacoma, just before noon. I took ...

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Sequim, Washington

I am back in my wonderful country and I am dazzled with the clarity of the light, the pouring and distribution of colors, everything glowing like electricity with the uninhibited sun. The ocean is a blue at its most majestic, waving with the fine wrinkles of age, the tall trees ...

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