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Victoria, British Columbia

From the movie Adaptation:

I want to show people how amazing flowers are.”

Are they amazing?”

I don’t know. I think they are.”

I don’t know either, I guess. I empathize with the screen-writer character from the movie. I don’t know if flowers are amazing, but it ...

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Victoria, British Columbia

I’m on Vancouver Island now, somehow, which will likely be my last stop in Canada. If you look on a map you’ll see that Victoria is actually pretty far south, as far as Canada is concerned, anyway — if I went straight across the bit of water that separates ...

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Pavilion, British Columbia

I had a really vivid dream last night. Not a proper dream, not while I was asleep; it was one of those pre-sleep thoughts you can have, as vivid and impressionable as a dream, but still under your complete conscious control. The image was me back home at college, at ...

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Jasper, Alberta

I told her “Every step I take that direction, it’s the furthest North I’ve ever been. And I couldn’t seem to stop taking steps.” Each one held the same promise, the same attractiveness as the one before it. Two steps before, the one of such achievement and ...

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Lake Louise, Alberta

I think I should apologize for using so many superlatives lately. I usually try to avoid that. [* I’m the best at not avoiding superlatives, the absolute best. *] But this is Superlative Country. It cannot be avoided.

It was an amazing day — yet another amazing day in the Rockies, packed ...

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Eureka, Montana

I saw a bear.

I don’t know how exactly — something must have willed it — but it’s done, I saw it. And no, not in one of those places just outside the National Park with the huge yellow sign in the shape of an arrow pointing into a fenced-in ...

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Glacier National Park, Montana

I know you already do, but you should really envy me now. This is just too great. I’m in the most beautiful place in the world, my tent is set up under clear skies, temperature falling, and I feel more comfortable than I have for weeks. The last bit ...

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Havre, Montana

Big Sky Country? More like Bug Sky Country…

I never excepted there to be so many bugs in Montana — I thought it classified as Northwest, like Washington State, where so many bugs would signal Armageddon. I pulled over earlier, as the sun was setting over the vast emptiness of the ...

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Fisher, Minnesota

I’ve decided to drive late again tonight, pushing onwards — not overnight like two night’s ago when I drove 10 hours through Ontario and Michigan for the sunrise over Lake Huron, but later than usual, anyway. I’m obviously going about things a little different, writing my journal ...

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Little Bay de Noc, Michigan

I expected something, anything, to be particularly strange about today, working off of zero sleep. But the only thing strange was to think of that fact — that I hadn’t gone to bed the night before, that there was no “last night” per se, that I was living a second ...

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On the Road, USA

I’m writing this in rather unusual circumstances. Unpredictable for sure. It’s 5:52 a.m. and I haven’t slept. I’m at the edge of Lake Huron, just beside the famed Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island glowing hazily above my car’s driver side mirror, the sun scheduled ...

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Sandbanks Provincial Park, Ontario

I’ve been a stranger to westward travel so far. I started east June 2nd, moving east from Humboldt and it’s been east ever since. Today I’m done with East. Today I travel west. I have a long, very long, way to go, a long drive ahead, all ...

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Sainte Martine, Quebec

The mosquitoes that trespassed my open windows last night — back upon the Lake Champlain Islands — were no match for my sleepiness. I conquered the intermittent buzzing in my ears by sleeping soundly until 8 a.m., when I heard a car door shut, someone arriving to the church, early Monday ...

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South Hero, Vermont

Even on a Sunday, I’m learning, it’s easy to get a lot done, to see a lot of things, if you start your day at 7:30. The Sunday factor, the tendency for things to not go as planned, only played in on one part of my day ...

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Waitsfield, Vermont

Miles!! Oh I’ve missed you sweet, sweet miles.

I finally got my car back, running smooth and strong. She seems to drive much better than just before the engine went out, as she should with a brand new engine, but I think it might have more to do with ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

So there’s nothing new, really. Nothing to get excited about. The rain has taken the better part of the day, leading me indoors (to guess where?). I deliberated over all my options first thing, packed my bags, ready to jet town on a moment’s notice, but the notice ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

Finally.

I got a breath away from Boston for a few hours, out to the coast. I felt like I was traveling again, seeing the world, doing those things, those things that I’m supposed to be doing. I was doing them.

I made it to my last beach of ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

I could have been in any city in the world today and it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference. Most cities have public libraries, most public libraries have Internet hook-ups, and most internet hook-ups have the same old selection of content. And I spent most of my day ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

It’s the devastating news I got first thing this morning that’s responsible for the constant stream of thinking and introspection that dominated my entire day. Thinking and introspection are exhausting activities and they’re entirely to blame for this terrible fatigue. Just minutes after waking up late (I ...

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Like everyone else, I was supposed to leave today. Right now, I should be en route to Canada via New Hampshire and Vermont, but there’s a significant hindrance at play: I have no car. I was planning on finding out what is wrong with the car and a good ...

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