Exploring / Izaak Diggs / McDonalds / Motel 6 / Oregon / Travel / writing

Cheating Death at Cape Foulweather–further adventures on the road

Cape Foulweather is the most appropriately named place I have ever been to.  We were barely out of the car when the wind rushed up to kill us, attempting to throw us to the wet asphalt and then over a low railing to the rocks below.  It was such a mad scene neither of us … Continue reading

Creativity / desert / Exploring / Izaak Diggs / Motel 6 / Portland / Publishing / Travel / writing

Story from the trip

Prelude PART ONE It all begins as things in Portland often begin–with an indifferent rainfall making the streets reflective and the day colored with dampness.  Candy and I didn’t get away until a little past two. As we drove down Stark I calculated how much daylight we had remaining: Two hours–enough to get us to … Continue reading

Arizona / California / Creativity / desert / Exploring / inspiration / Izaak Diggs / Mojave Preserve / Nevada / New Mexico / Oregon / Route 66 / Travel / writing

The Big Trip: A Brief Summary

Twelve days, five states, six thousand miles.  That sentence describes our trip in the simplest of terms but there was nothing simple about all the things I saw, perceived, and experienced.  In the coming weeks I will be sorting out my notes and doing research; this is just a quick recap of our journey through … Continue reading

Creativity / desert / Exploring / Ghost Towns / inspiration / Izaak Diggs / John Steinbeck / Publishing / Route 66 / The Eagles / Travel / writing

Route 66 and Other Lost Highways

Part of the upcoming trip includes 450 miles on old Route 66.  Like many people into traveling the United States, I am fascinated with Route 66.  Steinbeck called it “The Mother Road,” and it was used by everyone from people escaping the Dust Bowl to members of a little known rock band called The Eagles.  … Continue reading

Creativity / Death Valley / desert / Exploring / inspiration / Izaak Diggs / Publishing / Travel / writing

Combining Two Great Loves

I blame my father for this.  We were up visiting him last September and he casually suggested that I should try travel writing. I smiled and nodded and didn’t think too much at the time, but the seed had been planted.  I always thought of myself as a fiction writer, someone who comes up with … Continue reading