photo above: from moat at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand
more photos at: Central Thailand – Sukhothai
Life is made up of stages, at least mine is, and I have entered a new travel stage. I was born in San Francisco and moved from the coast to the desert-mountain interface (Reno-Tahoe) at twenty. I have spent many years wandering out from there, by car and on foot – hiking much of the Eastern Sierra, camping alone in the quiet of the desert.
Though there had been small bits of international travel, I fell in love with the idea of finally exploring more, with a backpack and with almost nothing planned. When one has dreams, they can either stay inside the head, or they can be transformed into action.
And so it was that, in November 2009, I put the crown onto my southwest US explorations with two hikes down into the Grand Canyon. In January 2010, I was off to Southeast Asia, solo, with nothing but my first night accommodation planned.
This blog has grown out of that step off into the unknown. This has been an amazing process of discovery – both of a larger world than provincial Americans tend to know, and of my own capabilities.
This travel blog is a work in progress, as all such things are. Some of this I hope to bring you with photos, but often one must try to paint the pictures with words. While photos can communicate more quickly, there are too many times when a camera is an unthinkable intrusion into the lives of those you visit.
Some earlier travels are online under the Other Galleries.
And so onward – I hope you will enjoy wandering the world with me.