Chronologue

July 2003

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Diamond Lake, Oregon

I don’t remember when I began to obsess about my hair so much. It’s a fascination now and one of my most prized possessions, though probably not deservingly. It’s generally protected, at least. I try to take care of it and have pampered it for over a ...

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Items posted30 July 2003

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Warrenton, Oregon

I once read that every breath I take has something like .00005 percent of Julius Caesar’s last exhale in it. I’m breathing some of the same air as did Julius Caesar. Of course the point of that fact is just to show how recycled our air is and ...

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Items posted29 July 2003

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Lakewood, Washington

I mentioned in a foreword to yesterday’s journal that being amongst familiar people — my cousins and aunt, in this case — makes it difficult to put much effort into writing my daily journal, simply because they prove to be a pleasant distraction, an attractive alternative to doing my journal. But ...

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Items posted28 July 2003

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Lakewood, Washington

A modest account of the day follows. In the presence of familiar people, I’m not finding much effort to do a thoughtful journal so I shall just put down a simple and exclusive reenactment:

I arrived at my cousins’ place in Lakewood, near Tacoma, just before noon. I took ...

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Items posted27 July 2003

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Sequim, Washington

I am back in my wonderful country and I am dazzled with the clarity of the light, the pouring and distribution of colors, everything glowing like electricity with the uninhibited sun. The ocean is a blue at its most majestic, waving with the fine wrinkles of age, the tall trees ...

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Victoria, British Columbia

From the movie Adaptation:

I want to show people how amazing flowers are.”

Are they amazing?”

I don’t know. I think they are.”

I don’t know either, I guess. I empathize with the screen-writer character from the movie. I don’t know if flowers are amazing, but it ...

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Victoria, British Columbia

I’m on Vancouver Island now, somehow, which will likely be my last stop in Canada. If you look on a map you’ll see that Victoria is actually pretty far south, as far as Canada is concerned, anyway — if I went straight across the bit of water that separates ...

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Items posted24 July 2003

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Pavilion, British Columbia

I had a really vivid dream last night. Not a proper dream, not while I was asleep; it was one of those pre-sleep thoughts you can have, as vivid and impressionable as a dream, but still under your complete conscious control. The image was me back home at college, at ...

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Items posted23 July 2003

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Jasper, Alberta

I told her “Every step I take that direction, it’s the furthest North I’ve ever been. And I couldn’t seem to stop taking steps.” Each one held the same promise, the same attractiveness as the one before it. Two steps before, the one of such achievement and ...

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Lake Louise, Alberta

I think I should apologize for using so many superlatives lately. I usually try to avoid that. [* I’m the best at not avoiding superlatives, the absolute best. *] But this is Superlative Country. It cannot be avoided.

It was an amazing day — yet another amazing day in the Rockies, packed ...

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Items posted21 July 2003

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Eureka, Montana

I saw a bear.

I don’t know how exactly — something must have willed it — but it’s done, I saw it. And no, not in one of those places just outside the National Park with the huge yellow sign in the shape of an arrow pointing into a fenced-in ...

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Glacier National Park, Montana

I know you already do, but you should really envy me now. This is just too great. I’m in the most beautiful place in the world, my tent is set up under clear skies, temperature falling, and I feel more comfortable than I have for weeks. The last bit ...

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Items posted19 July 2003

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Havre, Montana

Big Sky Country? More like Bug Sky Country…

I never excepted there to be so many bugs in Montana — I thought it classified as Northwest, like Washington State, where so many bugs would signal Armageddon. I pulled over earlier, as the sun was setting over the vast emptiness of the ...

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Items posted18 July 2003

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Fisher, Minnesota

I’ve decided to drive late again tonight, pushing onwards — not overnight like two night’s ago when I drove 10 hours through Ontario and Michigan for the sunrise over Lake Huron, but later than usual, anyway. I’m obviously going about things a little different, writing my journal ...

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Items posted17 July 2003

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Little Bay de Noc, Michigan

I expected something, anything, to be particularly strange about today, working off of zero sleep. But the only thing strange was to think of that fact — that I hadn’t gone to bed the night before, that there was no “last night” per se, that I was living a second ...

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Items posted16 July 2003

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On the Road, USA

I’m writing this in rather unusual circumstances. Unpredictable for sure. It’s 5:52 a.m. and I haven’t slept. I’m at the edge of Lake Huron, just beside the famed Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island glowing hazily above my car’s driver side mirror, the sun scheduled ...

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Items posted15 July 2003

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Sandbanks Provincial Park, Ontario

I’ve been a stranger to westward travel so far. I started east June 2nd, moving east from Humboldt and it’s been east ever since. Today I’m done with East. Today I travel west. I have a long, very long, way to go, a long drive ahead, all ...

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Items posted14 July 2003

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Sainte Martine, Quebec

The mosquitoes that trespassed my open windows last night — back upon the Lake Champlain Islands — were no match for my sleepiness. I conquered the intermittent buzzing in my ears by sleeping soundly until 8 a.m., when I heard a car door shut, someone arriving to the church, early Monday ...

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South Hero, Vermont

Even on a Sunday, I’m learning, it’s easy to get a lot done, to see a lot of things, if you start your day at 7:30. The Sunday factor, the tendency for things to not go as planned, only played in on one part of my day ...

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Items posted12 July 2003

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Waitsfield, Vermont

Miles!! Oh I’ve missed you sweet, sweet miles.

I finally got my car back, running smooth and strong. She seems to drive much better than just before the engine went out, as she should with a brand new engine, but I think it might have more to do with ...

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