A Bigger Cathedral

These past few days I've found myself surprised at every turn - surprised both by what I encounter and by the fact that I'm still being surprised. I know that life is "full of surprises" or whatever, but I find myself wondering if I've been going too fast to be surprised, or maybe looking in …

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Into the West

The farther west I go, the more I find myself in territory where I've not spent much time. On the few occasions that I passed through this part of our nation before, I just kind of wrote it off as bleak and boring, a pancake to separate the mountains and their coasts from each other. …

Back to the Road

In summary: I set out from Naples, Florida, eating homemade fried chicken and fresh Georgia peaches, and drove 13 hours through pancaked Southwestern Florida, the low hills of Central Florida (at which I showed an excessive amount of enthusiasm), the nondescript panhandle of Florida (it's a frustratingly long state, actually), up into the surprisingly pleasant …