Tag Archives: vacations

A New Flame

The longest relationship of my life is the one I’ve had with running. And we’ve made incomparable memories, running and I. Over the course of thirteen years, though, we’ve had our share of rough patches; there have been long stretches when heading out for a jog felt like more of a chore than a joy. […]

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Getting Lost

We left Portland as tourists, but for the rest of our circuit around Oregon, we were wanderers. Not long after returning to Chicago, I picked up Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost to read on my morning commute—subconsciously yearning for a reminder of our drive through swaths of national forestland sans cell service. […]

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Thicker Than Water

I became the unofficial family paparazzo five years ago, over Thanksgiving weekend. I’d just purchased my first medium-format film camera, a boxy twin-lens reflex manufactured in the late ’60s, and had become unreasonably enamored of its numerous quirks. After stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, I accosted various family members with it, and the […]

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Every Grain of Sand

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” —The Wilderness Act of 1964 Camera: Mamiya 6 Film: Kodak Portra […]

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Of Goats and Aliens

After our stint in Aspen-Snowmass, we drove southeast over Independence Pass—alongside hundreds of cyclists competing in a punishing, multi-day race—to reach small-town Buena Vista. We spent a day relaxing in coffee shops, restaurants, and the local distillery, but the highlight was our tour of a goat dairy on the outskirts of town. The next day, […]

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