Near Windigo Ranger Station, Isle Royale National Park

Near Windigo Ranger Station, Isle Royale National Park

Welcome to a potpourri of book reviews, dreams, photography, poems, ruminations, and stories. Scroll down, explore, ponder, and share if you like.

Day 2 in the Pennsylvania Wilds, or elk country

May 29, 2015 Click for more photos. Because we’d been to Cherry Springs, we had to get our state parks books stamped. At the park, though, the ranger told J. we’d have to go to Lyman’s Run State Park a … Continue reading →

Pine Creek Gorge, or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (and some not-so-dark skies)

May 28, 2015 Click photo for more. After breakfast in the barn, we turned toward Pine Creek Gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park (the eastern overlook). Before we could get there, however, J. had to stop at an unexpected Harley-Davidson … Continue reading →

Letchworth State Park, or farewell, day 3

May 27, 2015 Click photo for more. I started the morning out with a bang by falling hard in the Jacuzzi bath that I’d enjoyed so much — I knew I’d brought those spa shoes with treads along for a … Continue reading →

Letchworth State Park, or my favorite childhood state park, day 2

May 26, 2015 Click photo for more. Because we were the only guests at Temple Hill Bed and Breakfast, we were treated to breakfast al fresco on the deck overlooking the back lawn. It was so perfect that I hated … Continue reading →

Letchworth State Park, or my favorite childhood state park

May 25, 2015 Click photo for more. After another sumptuous breakfast, we left for Letchworth State Park, which has a fascinating history that includes the abducted Mary Jemison and business mogul William Pryor Letchworth. It’s amazing to me to imagine places like … Continue reading →

Old Fort Niagara and Chestnut Ridge Park, or old favorites

May 24, 2015 Click photo for more. After a leisurely breakfast and some moments in the sunroom overlooking the lake and the wind turbines, we packed and, after the now-traditional stop at Tim Horton’s, headed north on Route 5 to … Continue reading →

Hamburg and Niagara Falls, New York, or where I spent my formative years

May 23, 2015 Click photo for more. Intrigued by South Creek Road, J. and I set out before breakfast to drive down as much of it as we could. (I wasn’t looking at maps — no need to.) It ends … Continue reading →

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or the eastern adventure begins

Click photo for more. For this spring trip, the plan was to stop briefly at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, then head to western New York and the Pennsylvania Wilds. May 19: After taking Petunia to the Hyde Park Animal Hospital … Continue reading →

Book review: The Return of Martin Guerre

The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1983. 176 pages. In today’s science-based world, where simple DNA tests can help free the innocent on Death Row, the story of Martin Guerre might have … Continue reading →