Category Archives: Travel

Driving Mr. Li

It was the 6th of July, and we set out on a beautiful day to drive over to Dawson City via the Taylor and Top-of-the-World highways. After loading the camper, we made a quick stop at the store for gas and hit the road with deli sandwiches for lunch. It was an easy drive to Tok, where we gassed up again before arriving at Tetlin Junction and heading north toward Chicken. Up there in the high country, past Mount Fairplay and back below treeline, it began raining. We pulled over to camp in a gravel pit and relaxed for the evening.
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Knobhead’s Long Journey

It was 1985, and I was cutting another net lane to catch Wood Thrushes as part of my Master’s thesis research in southern Veracruz, Mexico. Steve Stucker was there with me, and our machetes were flashing as we cut rainforest vegetation to create a 12-meter lane about 1.5 meters wide where we would put a mist net.
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A-Hunting We Will Go!

It had been three long years since I’d gotten a moose, and the freezer was clatteringly empty. We hadn’t done so well with fishing this year, either, so it seemed like a good time to shake things up. As I hopped in the truck to go, I didn’t realize that someone I didn’t know was just down the road brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot police officers. This guy’s escapades caused one of the oddest beginnings to a hunting trip I’ve ever had.

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“¡Guate, Guate, Guate!”

Gaudily painted bus in Antigua Guatemala

Gaudily painted bus in Antigua Guatemala

The conductor bellowed out the bus’s destination for Guatemala City, trying, through sheer volume and enthusiasm, to lure a few more passengers aboard before the gaudily painted vehicle roared out of town on a cloud of diesel exhaust. The ambient noise and bustle did make shouting required, and with the noxious exhaust clouds people weren’t hanging around in this place for fun, but nobody was tempted aboard this time, so the guy(1) swung aboard as the driver pulled the bus away on its journey along winding mountain roads.

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