GoTraveler Reflections

Why do we travel? The utterly pragmatic 21st century arguments in its favor are precious and few. Traveler bottom-lines are hardly improved, and there’s never much to show for all the time and effort invested. We are, after all, no longer nomadic hunters and gatherers. Nor are we merchant adventurers seeking exotic goods for Renaissance

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The Places In Between

I feel an impatience – a familiar restless desire to live even for a little while outside the geometry of civilization and its confining angles, cylinders, boxes and gridlines. To breathe living air un-pumped through ducts and vents, and feel the rushing breeze over loud tumbling water that’s never seen the inside of pipes. To

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Devils Tower

Two summers ago, I hiked around the base of an iconic multicultural landmark in the northeastern corner of Wyoming. Skirting shattered rock that surrounded the monolith like ancient ruins, I met no devil in any guise whatsoever; no storied Lakota maidens scrambling to the summit in desperate evasion of grizzlies; and my only encounters of

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Nameworthy

The ongoing argument regarding the hierarchy of form vs. function is, in this case, reduced to absolute superfluity. The Tufted Coquette – a hummingbird whose name is not only delightful and perfect, but easily could have been lifted from a Lou Reed lyric. Somewhat rare, small populations have nonetheless been found in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad

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Spomeniks

Spomenik – Tjentište (photo credit Jan Kempenaers) Scattered throughout the magnificent landscapes of the former Yugoslavia, massive concrete monuments stand in ghostly homage to a nation’s suffering and resistance. More than a million citizens – 6.3% of the population – were killed in the Nazi invasion and occupation of WWII. Most died fighting back or

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Being Here

I don’t know much about this picture, other than it’s of the Milky Way as seen from a remote setting of sheer spectacle in the Carpathians. I take a caption’s word on that, because I’ve never been there, and I don’t know it from personal experience. But, I do know how every exhaled breath would

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The Fallen: A D-Day Memorial Art Installation

Photo Credit: Sandinyoureye http://www.sandinyoureye.co.uk In September of 2013, U.K. artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss created a haunting gesture of remembrance on the beaches of Normandy. With the help of volunteers numbering in the hundreds, 9,000 silhouettes were stenciled into the sands of the D-Day invasion beachheads. The undertaking was called “The Fallen”, and it

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