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Rare Air Episode 20 and May 2017 desktop calendar

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So far in life, we have only visited Saint John one time – it was our “vacation of vacations” last June, as you can read in other entries I’ve shared in the past. When I tell you that Beth and I are set to return this July, you probably won’t be very surprised. I don’t know how often we’ll make it there, but I’ve been pining away for the next trip since we booked it earlier this year. Read more

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April 2017 desktop calendar


Featured Image: The time we had Reef Bay beach all to ourselves on June 12, 2016, on Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 19 and March 2017 desktop calendar

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For my brave parents and for Beth’s, moving to Florida was a dream that became reality back in the 1970s. While many among their generation of northerners in Wisconsin and Illinois shared their aspirations for the warmer climate – and for adventures that connected with the wild more directly than anything happening in those homelands – only the rare few made the leap of faith to re-cast themselves and their children as Floridians. Read more

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December 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: Magic hour from April 1, 2016, at Crystal River, Florida. Read more

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October 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: One of several casual, unforgettable encounters with a Saint John Sea Turtle. Read more

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August 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2016 photo from the ferry ride leaving Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 15: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Three


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Our friends Richard and Heidi Campbell of Boone were other big inspirations for this trip. A couple of years earlier, they and their kids had spent many months settled in Christchurch, New Zealand, and afterward, they shared a photo album with us from their travels. I can still recall the powerful envy I felt seeing them in those heavenly natural locations, where geography defies the imagination, and everywhere one sees water, the heart’s desire is magnetically attracted to be right there. Among those images were tumultuous landscapes pacified by blue and white waves, and something about the tidal pools struck especially deep chords in me.

Of all the National Parks listed in my Stone Road Press guide book, Olympic is the one that seemed to match the picturesque grandeur of New Zealand most closely. That perception locked-up my initial vote… but as our plans took shape and time marched forward to the trip, I was absolutely intrigued by the idea that we were going to the Northwestern-most point of the continental United States. Read more

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June 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2016 photo from our trip to Kalaloch Beach in Washington. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 14: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Two

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Looking back, it seems like fate drew us to Washington State and Olympic National Park in 2014. It all started when we were in Isle of Palms, which is near Charleston, South Carolina, the week after Christmas in 2012. That was the year of our family’s first National Parks tour; all of that had happened earlier that summer. With the kids, we’d decided that we would schedule our next National Parks tour for 2014, and one place we were intending to go was Glacier National Park. While loitering in Barnes and Noble that December, I purchased a new book: “Your Guide to the National Parks” from Michael Joseph Oswald and Stone Road Press (2012).

I found Glacier very quickly in the book, and worked outward from there, imagining how we might spend up to a few weeks visiting that international treasure and others in its area. Soon enough, Read more

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April 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2014 photo from our trip to Salt Creek Recreation Area in Washington. Read more

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