The Gods of Kaifeng

(July 16, 2015) Lots of Gods. The town is thick with their spread. Taoists, Confucianists, Capitalists, Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Neighbors within blocks. The graceful roofs sheltering their Deities pimple the cubist horrorscape that is the modern Chinese city. … read more

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(July 10, 2015) The growled opera of a hundred chanting monks stilled our walk. In the exhausted rain of an overstretched typhoon. Us perched high on the fortified city wall that kept so many heathens in their proper neighborhood. The … read more

Fly on the floor.


(July 10, 2015) The floorboards of our room in the Astor House Hotel once resembled ship decking. Tight and slick with the oil of a 1000 feet. Since 1860 I heard said. The first telephone in China answered here. The … read more

Day 125 – Greyhound to Vancouver

Awoke feeling like I was back in Yosemite. Covered in mosquito bites. Should have set up my tent. So much for civilization. Wandered over to breakfast at the only restaurant going. Poetically our server was one of the “hiker trash” … read more

Birthday boy

Day 124 – September 3, 2013 – I say hello to the second half of my Century and cross into Canada!

September 3, 2013 28 miles mile 2660+8 Awoke at the end of a half century. Tried to come up with some deep thoughts but my constitution interfered. Rolled out and headed for Woody Pass. Steadily up and then a sharp … read more