Travel

Ghost Ranch

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In the great wide open places, I can see the forever. The sky enfolds you, and then you are inside it. Whatever small place you came from is no more because you are part of that sky and the big beyond, and the rest isn't important. When the Spanish first rode into this valley in norther New Mexico, they called it Piedre Lumbre -- the shining stone. [...]

Cruising with Wind Surf: Yachtsman’s Caribbean

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Private yachts flock to the smaller British Virgin Islands and St. Barth's. There's a reason for this: they are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the Caribbean. Floating in crystalline water and watching the clouds pass overhead is deeply relaxing. I've just returned from St. Martin and a week-long cruise on Windstar's Wind Surf on their Yachtsman's Caribbean itinerary. It was perfect. [...]

Embracing Santa Fe

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Each time I return to New Mexico, my affection for this state grows . . . Doc looked like he came straight out of central casting. Film order: we need a quirky old man to play a part in a Coen brothers film set it Santa Fe. [...]

Miami In, Miami Out

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I like airports. This is a good thing, since I seem to be spending more and more time in them. I arrive early, often very early. I have a meal, I watch people, and I write. Often I chat with one group and then another, kind of like Forrest Gump on his bus bench. [...]

Road Trip to New Mexico

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One of my best friends is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several months to complete a project -- and I thought, what a perfect excuse for a road trip! “I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” --- Jack Kerouac, On the Road [...]

Can You Travel If Your ID is Lost?

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Your wallet and identification are GONE, and you have a plane to catch. What are you going to do? My cousin came to visit for a week, and was due to fly home yesterday [...]