Musings from the Mountains

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Takayama

It was a long ride to Takayama: a couple of hours west to Nagoya by Shinkansen or bullet train, then a couple more on an express. The train headed north into Gifu prefecture to what is known as the Japanese Alps, following the Hida river in aContinue reading “Takayama”

The Beaches

The trendy shops along Queen Street East are in the Beaches, or Beach, neighborhood, an upscale section of Toronto. I’m not much of a consumer, but I’m curious to see what’s happening, what’s in, what catches the eye. A tree in the small park hasContinue reading “The Beaches”

Don Valley

The Don River cuts across Toronto north-south on its way to Lake Ontario. I’ve walked sections of the trail many times with my brother. Starting at the Brick Works, a repurposed structure that processed local clays and is now used for events, we followed theContinue reading “Don Valley”

Toronto

It had been two years since I visited my brother in Toronto; that was the last time I traveled internationally before the pandemic. I read carefully through all the requirements to enter Canada (they have since changed) to ensure I was in compliance: I hadContinue reading “Toronto”

Falmouth, Woods Hole

My last week on Cape Cod was when the storm hit (Nor’easter), so my explorations of the far southwest corner of the cape were limited. Walks around downtown Falmouth and the surrounding residential area, despite the trees and large branches down in yards along theContinue reading “Falmouth, Woods Hole”

Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich

The unusually shaped island of Cape Cod was originally a peninsula reaching out from the Massachusetts mainland until a canal was forged through its narrow connection in 1914. The matching silver arcs of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges span the canal, prone to traffic slowdownsContinue reading “Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich”

Provincetown

The liveliest, most interesting town on Cape Cod is at the farthest point, where the tip curves around as if beckoning you in. Crammed with a diverse mix of shops, galleries, and eateries along vibrant Commercial Street, it’s both an artist haven and a magnetContinue reading “Provincetown”

National Seashore

The beaches and dunes spanning the Atlantic coastline have been designated Cape Cod National Seashore, protected as part of the National Park Service. The Salt Pond Visitor Center lives at Eastham, where the park boundaries expand inland to encompass more land as it stretches toContinue reading “National Seashore”

Nor’easter

Monday night there was a dramatic electrical storm: lightning lit up the house like strobe lights flashing, thunder rolling in waves like the ever-pounding shore surf. I had thought that was the worst of it, but the following night was the most severe of theContinue reading “Nor’easter”

Chatham

Viewing the island of Cape Cod as a flexed arm, Chatham is positioned at the elbow. It’s the southernmost of the towns along the Atlantic coast. The white tower of Chatham Light overlooks the rugged shoreline where thousands of shipwrecks have taken place. There wereContinue reading “Chatham”

Great Sand Dunes

A friend proposed a road trip, a long day’s drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. Rather than zip along the interstate highway, we took the scenic route over Guanella Pass and Kenosha Pass into South Park and down through the SanContinue reading “Great Sand Dunes”

Ancient GyeongJu

In the historic capital of Korea, GyeongJu, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were our third and fourth World Heritage sites on this journey. A steep hike up to the grotto revealed an amazing stone arc-shaped room, housing a magnificent Buddha looking out over the countryside, surroundedContinue reading “Ancient GyeongJu”

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