Welcome to the Journey…
The skies are filled with yellow stars, blue stars, red giants, brown dwarfs, black holes … but nowhere in the universe can you find a green star. Green suns don’t exist in the sky. There is only one green sun. Right here. Green Sun is the story of my journey across all fifty states, all seven continents, and as many countries as the law allows on a U.S. passport. Check back here for reviews and advice on solo travel, budget travel, “vagabonding,” and lessons learned.
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Newport, Rhode Island, is known for the opulent vacation mansions such as The Breakers, and the U.S. Navy. The latter took me there, and I toured the former on a crisp August day in 2004. Mr. Vanderbilt built quite a summer house. The Great Hall is 50 feet to a side....read more
April 18-23, 2017, was my first visit to Vermont and thus my first entry here that is not a retrospective. I landed in Boston and drove through New Hampshire to encounter Vermont during the glory that is “mud season,” the aptly named part of spring when all but a few...read more
For New Hampshire, I have only two memories. The first is of steamed mussels at a Portsmouth restaurant where net floaters hung along shake-shingled buildings stilted into the dark water. I flew to Boston to visit my brother over Memorial Day weekend, 2009. Oddly,...read more
Back in the day I, like many teenagers, was writing a fantasy novel. Here's a chapter of said juvenelia: Sick of sorrow, Reilly went into another picture: a vista of what might have been the central street of Flint. He saw the Genesee Towers Bank, the calcified...read more
Working on a sheep farm for a week, and attending a Vermont Law School Open House. It's lambing season. First visit to Vermont, and the first state I'll review as I see it for the first time. I've never been here, but my DNA shares coils with bones in cemeteries...read more
Surprised at the title? Texas is all about oil, longhorns (the animal and the university mascot), cowboys (those who herd the animals and those who play football), bluebells and yellow roses. Neiman Marcus in Dallas, San Antonio Riverwalk, Austin 6th Street,...read more
In the winter of 1983, I visited the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Mo. First impressions of the Show-Me State included broiling in my purple snowmobile suit and Moon Boots, riding an elevator the size of a ammo can, and being too short to see out the window. Thankfully,...read more
So I am going to have to admit a deep level of ignorance on the Land of Lincoln. Why is it state #4 then? Because I am writing about the states in the order I visited them. My dad, brother and I drove from Michigan to California in 1983, but my first memory of the...read more
Even though Indiana borders Michigan, where I grew up and was educated (such as they could make stick) –I haven’t actually visited for any length of time. So today I offer my distinguished readerships some facts and two personal anecdotes. Indiana is...read more
When God put his hand on the earth –that was Michigan. People know the tragedy of the Rust Belt and its two Michigan buckles, Flint and Detroit, but many don’t know that its hand print contains amazing natural beauty. On Mackinac Island the Gitchi Manitou breathed the...read more