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Travelogue - 05-25-05                                                                                                                               Links to all Travelogue pages


Travelogue Epilogue Monologue

 I had a stack of return plane tickets to get me back to the States. This meant I had to backtrack rather than simply fly direct from Bali. It went like this: Bali-Bangkok-(two day break)-Singapore-Auckland-PapeÚte-Los Angeles-New York. After 40-plus hours in jets and airports I barely remember staggering into a cab at JFK, but after a good night's sleep I was de-lagged and ready for the Big Apple. 

I spent a full month there, with brief excursions to Connecticut and Rhode Island, hanging out with my family and visiting a few friends. I lost my tan and gained 10 lbs, but it was worth it.


Weather reports at last suggested that winter might finally, really be over in south central Alaska, so in early May I flew to Anchorage where I'd left my camper stored these past 7 months. Now I'm back on the road, based for the time being on that idyllic fjord beach near Seward that I described and illustrated in this travelogue last August/September. 

Near-future plans may include flying lessons this summer (I'm looking into it now). Next fall I figure to head down to South America. I've been hearing good things about Ecuador, and I'd also like to visit Chile and maybe Argentina.


OK, now the real epilogue...

For the past year I've kept this travelogue going for my amusement and yours. If nothing else it has been a useful exercise, nudging me to write often and helping me get my "chops" back after years of writing mostly business correspondence. (Hopefully there has been some visible improvement between the first pages and the last.) It also motivated me to take lots of photographs, and to become proficient at digitally enhancing them so they'd look better than what I actually took. Most of all, keeping this journal going has been fun. I hope reading it has been, too.

I'm going to stop now. Not stop traveling, but stop writing about it in this format. It's time for me to focus on some other writing projects, and maybe even sell some of them to help support this vagabond habit of mine.

For me, traveling is not a means to an end, but an end in itself, a heady tonic, an antidote for restlessness and boredom and a balm for my obsessive curiosity. It's addictive, too. I expect I'll continue for as long as I can and as long as it's fun, taking breaks once in a while to catch my breath and renew my appreciation. 

So, this journal ends here. If you ever get to wondering where I am or what I'm up to, or want to tell me what you're up to, don't be shy. Send me an email!


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