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Doppel-Bunyans

I came across this perfectly rational statue of Paul Bunyan holding a hot dog on Sunday morning while driving through the town of Atlanta, Illinois. Shortly after taking the picture, I started having a nagging feeling that I had seen this statue before, even though I was pretty certain that I had never come through…

Mississippi Miscellany

1) If you take a drive along the back roads (i.e. pretty much all the roads) of southwest Mississippi early enough in the morning, you will repeatedly encounter turkey vultures picking through the evening’s roadkill. By the afternoon, the roadkill’s been picked clean - especially with the larger animals, all that…

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69 Hotel Views

As with last year, I filmed a couple seconds of the view from most of the hotel rooms that I stayed at during the course of my travels this year. The video above represents about half of those views. It was filmed in California, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, North Dakota, Kentucky, New…

DEATH!, Or Thompson Manitoba

In October of 2011, some friends and I visited the town of Churchill, Manitoba in order to catch a glimpse of the polar bear migration (in which they cease hibernating and head towards Hudson Bay so that they could get on the ice and start hunting some yummy, yummy seals) that occurs near there every autumn. It was a…

DEATH!, Or Southern Manitoba

It is September. I have been in Canada for two months: two weeks in British Columbia, three weeks in Alberta, a three-day drive over to Barrie, Ontario, then a week in Barrie, a week in Brantford, and a pair of days in Hamilton. Soon, I’m scheduled to be in Toronto, then Ottawa, then clumsily mangling the French…

The False North

A man struck up a conversation with me at a Fort Vermilion gas station - the first gas station I had come across after almost 250 kilometers of driving north on Highway 88 in Alberta. This bit of at-the-pump chit-chatting has happened fairly regularly since I arrived in the area - a combination of general Canadian…