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  • Vashon Island In The Fog || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    On Vashon

    Friday I was on a flight from Oakland to Seattle, tucked into a middle seat between strangers. On my left was a young woman moving to the Pacific Northwest to stay; this…

  • holland_windmill_postcard

    Postcards From Holland

    I’m going to Holland in January. I didn’t pick that month. Stewart is teaching a workshop then and I will tag along. (Check it out if you want to get creative in…

  • cabin_collage
    Preserves, Travel

    Hearth-Made Yogurt

    One of my kitchen goals for this year was to learn to make yogurt. From what I understood, it was going to be one of the easiest tasks to scratch off my to-do…

  • Bowl of Spruce Tips
    Preserves, Travel

    Spruce Tip Jelly

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. ~Martin Luther Our cabin in…

  • Spike the Porcupine || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Return of the Porcupine

    Hey! Hello. Remember me — Spike, the porcupine? Shae has gone off to Alaska again. She’ll be back the second week in June and she asked me to watch over her blog…

  • Friendly Rainy Skies
    Food, Travel

    Cauliflower Pie in the Sky

    Today we did airport things. Very soggy airport things . . . You know how it is. The waiting. The opportunity to spend way too much money on way too much food.…

  • Crate Labels || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Because It’s October

    Because the apples are falling and the light is fading under its own golden weight. Because a road trip scrubs the rough edges from a tired mind. I threw a bag into…

  • Young Caribou Buck
    Travel, Words


    A Perfect Day to See Denali Do you ever get tired of using the same old words to describe something — can I say it just once — “amazing”? Consider the white-fisted…

  • Lowbush Cranberries || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    You’ll Have to Ask Spike

    I’ll be away for three weeks and I’ve decided to leave the porcupine in charge. He’s an industrious dude, perfectly capable of watching over the few posts that will appear here while…

  • Dacker Beer
    Food, Travel

    Drink This Beer

    Today is International Beer Day, so I thought I’d tell you a little story about a great beer and a nice guy. The beer is Dacker. It’s a full-bodied, goes-down-easy ale, first…

  • Summer Camp

    Summer Camp

    We’ve been at camp this week, spending slow hours moving from one Adirondack chair to the next, keeping to the dappled shade, carrying along our novels, cold drinks, bug spray. This slanted…

  • Laundry Line || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Here Today: 5.19.2010

    I was supposed to fly home from New Mexico this morning, but I fell in love with Ghost Ranch and arranged to stay on. I had no idea the place was about…