I had no luck finding a háček on short notice for last night’s departure, so I turned Rastaflage backwards and paddled the big expedition-style canoe solo. The wind was still cold and brisk, blowing north-northwest right into the launch at … Continue reading
About eight years ago, I was invited by a close friend to join a canoe trip down the Teslin River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Besides the appeal of twelve days of wilderness paddling, I was also intrigued by the unique … Continue reading
When a lady from the audience asked me how I was affiliated with the Quaker community in St. Petersburg, I couldn’t resist saying, “I’m a friend of Friend.” David Hastings, who is an outstanding scientist, teacher and community activist, a … Continue reading
I often read and hear descriptions of the Last Frontier State as “pristine” and “wilderness,” and I must admit being smitten with Alaska’s vast dimensions and sparse population, but the hand of man has undoubtedly made its mark here. Most … Continue reading
“Adventures in Daddy Duty” was the unexpected start of my travels. I managed a couple of field trips with kids in tow, including this one to a water treatment plant. When I come back through NYC next summer, connecting with the city’s Dept. of Sanitation will at the top of my list.
Chris Retty is a good friend from back home, in Jensen Beach, Florida. He became a journeyman (I love that term and might have to borrow it for my travels) and moved to the NYC area over a decade ago. Now, he is the electrical supervisor for United Water’s treatment facility in Haworth, New Jersey.
I joined Chris and his fantastic fiancee, Adrienne, for drinks on the Upper West Side a few weeks ago. We talked about Kyle’s accident and recovery, but quickly moved on to our shared passions for travel and generally living life to the fullest. They asked the question that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, “Does daddy duty make you want to have kids?” The answer is still no, I much prefer uncling.
When Chris suggested that I come for a tour of his workplace, of course I said yes. (I’m not just a garbage…
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