Only These Four Words

only quiet these woods
bark green leaves, smell
of jasmine is everything
we wished for this

only ocean gray waters
sand sun toes touch
cold salt wet time
here on winter beach

only nature and words
my notebook of memories
we walked up mountain
your eyes forever sky

only everything, this air
we breathe in together
life, all of it
will go on forever

Where I’ve Been in the World

As I near a half century on this earth, I’m hoping to remember everywhere I have traveled/lived in my life. This list no doubt misses some places that I’ve forgotten, or can no longer remember, but I made an attempt.

The places in bold face I have lived in (not including headliner titles). The places in italics I have spent more than a week in. (Recommend) means you should go there! PS-I plan to add to the list in the coming days ahead.

EUROPE:

Madrid, Spain (Recommend) The Plaza Mayor and the Prado.

Toledo, Spain

Alicante, Spain

Moiraira, Spain

Denia, Spain

Calpe, Spain

Gandia, Spain

Benidorm, Spain

Granada, Spain (Recommend) The Albacin and the Alhambra.

Malaga, Spain

Tarifa, Spain

Segovia, Spain

Guejar Sierra, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Paris, France (Recommend) The Luxembourg Gardens.

Paradou, France (Recommend) The Le Bistrot du Paradou.

Les Baux Provence, France

Kinsale, Ireland

Leap, Ireland

Drombeg Circle, Ireland (Recommend)

Skibberean, Ireland

Carrauntoohil Mountain, Ireland (Recommend)

Cork, Ireland

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Recommend)

Rome, Italy (Recommend) The Pantheon and Ristorante al 34.

Capri, Italy (Recommend) A boat ride with swimming in hidden caves and dinner at Le Grotelle.

Florence, Italy (Recommend) Dinner at Buco Mario.

Naples, Italy

Positano, Italy (Recommend) Swimming at the II San Pietro di Positano.

Chiusdino, Italy

Prato, Italy

Umbertide, Italy

Torre di Moravola, Italy

Venice, Italy (Recommend)

Israel:

Jerusalem (Recommend)

Haifa (Recommend)

Tel Aviv

Masada (Recommend)

Eilat (Recommend) Snorkeling in the Red Sea.

Beersheba

Nitzana-I did an archeological dig there.

Dead Sea (Recommend) Floating in the salt water.

Tiberas

AFRICA:

Tangier, Morocco (Recommend)

Fes, Morocco (Recommend)

Azrou, Morocco

Merzouga, Morocco (Sahara Desert-Recommend)

Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera-Nairobi, Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Recommend)

Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya (Recommend) Mountain biking through the park.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya (Recommend)

Moshi, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania

Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania (Recommend)

SOUTH OF THE UNITED STATES:

Villarrica, Paraguay

Caaguazu, Paraguay

Caazapa, Paraguay

Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay

Iguazu Falls, Brazil (Recommend)

Santiago, Chile

Vina Del Mar, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

La Serena, Chile

Vicuña, Chile

Arica, Chile

Tacna, Peru

Puno, Peru

Arequipa, Peru (Recommend)

Cuzco, Peru (Recommend)

Machu Picchu, Peru (Recommend) Hiking the Inca Trail.

Lake Titicaca, Peru (Recommend)

Copacabana, Bolivia

Machala, Ecuador

Pinas, Ecuador

Arenillas, Ecuador

Pasaje, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador (Recommend) Buying a sweater in the market.

Giron, Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador (Recommend)

Azuay, Ecuador (Recommend)

Bay Islands, Honduras (Recommend) Snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea.

Gracias, Honduras

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Copan Ruins, Honduras

La Iguala, Honduras

Derrumbado, Honduras

Ojaca, Honduras

Tarragual, Honduras

Tablones, Honduras

Turks and Caicos

St. Barth (Recommend)

Mexico City, Mexico

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Acapulco, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico (Recommend)

Taxco, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico (Recommend)

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico (Recommend) Renting a moped and touring the island.

Bucerias, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

CANADA:

Ottawa

Hull

Winnipeg

St. Georges

THE UNITED STATES:

Alabama:

Birmingham

Montgomery

Selma

Arizona:

Sedona (Recommend) Hiking to the Bell Rock vortex.

Page (Recommend)

California:

San Francisco (Recommend) Visiting City Lights Bookstore and eating at my cousin’s Ristorante Ideale.

Los Angeles

Palm Springs (Recommend)

Joshua Tree (Recommend)

Sacramento

Yosemite (Recommend) Hiking Yosemite Falls and backpacking along the Tuolumne River.

Lake Tahoe (Recommend)

Modesto

San Anselmo (Recommend)

Fairfax

Dillon Beach

Muir Beach (Recommend) Visiting Green Gulch Farm.

Woodacre (Recommend) Visiting Spirit Rock.

Point Reyes (Recommend)

Point Reyes Station (Recommend)

Inverness (Recommend)

San Rafael

Hillsborough

East Palo Alto

Palo Alto (Recommend) Walking around Stanford University.

Burlingame

Fremont

San Jose

Santa Cruz

Big Sur (Recommend) Breakfast at the Post Ranch Inn, lunch at Nepenthe, hiking all around.

Ventana Wilderness (Recommend)

Crescent City

Eureka

Redwood National Park (Recommend)

Mount Shasta (Recommend) Climbing the mountain.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Recommend)

Mendocino (Recommend) Going to a play at the local theater.

Sea Ranch (Recommend) Finding driftwood.

Ukiah

Willits

Healdsburg

Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve (Recommend)

Chico

Santa Rosa

Mount Tallac (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

Mount Tam (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

Loma Alta (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

Dominican University (I took classes here)

University of San Francisco (I was in a Doctorate program here)

Stanford University (I did a History Fellowship here and took other classes-Recommend)

San Francisco State

UC Berkeley

Pomona College

Pomona

Truckee (Recommend) Cross country skiing at Royal Gorge.

Placerville

Daly City

Oakland

Pacifica

Brisbane

San Mateo

San Carlos

Redwood City

Foster City

Atherton (Recommend)

Woodside (Recommend) Dinner at the Woodside Pub.

Portola Valley

Mountain View

Cupertino

Saratoga

Los Gatos

Capitola

Big Basin (Recommend)

Pescadero (Recommend) Dinner or lunch at Duarte’s Tavern.

Moss Beach (Recommend) Catching a drink at the Moss Beach Distillery.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve: (Recommend) Exploring the tide pools and seals on the beach.

McNee Ranch

Colma

Millbrae

Half Moon Bay

Purisima Creek (Recommend) Hiking along the creek.

Huddart Park

Wunderlick Park

Windy Hill Preserve (Recommend) Hiking the hill.

Butano State Park (Recommend) Hiking the whole 13.5 mile loop.

San Gregorio

Skyline Ridge Reserve (Recommend)

Wilder Ranch

Boulder Creek

Ben Lomond

Salinas

Monterrey

Carmel (Recommend)

Carmel Valley (Recommend)

Pebble Beach (Recommend)

College of San Mateo

College of Marin

San Simeon (Recommend) Visiting the Hearst Castle.

Cambria

Santa Barbara

Santa Monica (Recommend)

Venice Beach

Palos Verdes (Recommend)

Anaheim

San Diego

San Diego State

Mojave

Arnold

Jackson

Auburn

Grass Valley

Nevada City (Recommend) Visiting bookstores.

Foothills Nature Preserve (Recommend) Camping and keeping an eye out for mountain lions.

Rancho San Antonio Park

Stevens Creek Park

Campbell

Foothill College (I took tennis classes here)

Livermore (I worked/lived at Camp Sunburst nearby)

Mount Diablo (Recommend)

Antioch

Danville

Alamo

Walnut Creek

Piedmont

Alameda

Emeryville

Tilden Park

Lake Sonoma

Benicia

Richmond

Napa

Sonoma

Calistoga (Recommend) Staying at Indian Springs and bathing in the thermal water.

Yountville

Saint Helena (Recommend) Dining at Cook.

Novato

Petaluma

Occidental

Sebastapol

Samuel P Taylor Park (Recommend) Camping for a night or two.

Lagunitas

Lake Lagunitas (Recommend)

Phoenix Lake

Kent Lake (Recommend)

Bolinas (Recommend) Visiting Smiley’s Saloon.

Nicasio

Larkspur (Recommend)

Stinson Beach (Recommend) Cold water swimming.

China Camp Park

Tiburon

Ross (Recommend)

Sausalito (Recommend)

Angel Island

Alcatraz

Marin Headlands (Recommend)

Muir Woods

Kentfield

Corte Madera

Pine Mountain (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

Dunsmir

McCloud (Recommend)

Lake Almanor (Recommend)

Chester

Lake Sikiyou (Recommend) Going for a swim.

UC Santa Cruz

San Jose State

Tahoe City

South Lake Tahoe

Northstar

Squaw Valley (Recommend) Running the Squaw Valley Mountain Run.

Tahoe Donner

Nyack Snow Park

Donner Lake (Recommend) Going for a swim.

Desolation Wilderness (Recommend)

Fourth of July Lake (Recommend)

Emigrant Wilderness (Recommend)

Groveland

Dixon

Menlo Park (Recommend)

Mill Valley (Recommend) Dining at El Paseo for dinner.

Pittsburg

Rio Vista

Rocklin

Loomis

Santa Clara

Academy of Art

DeAnza College

University of Southern California

Cal State Chico

Mount Wittenberg (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

COLORADO:

Fort Collins

Copper Mountain

Frisco

Boulder (Recommend) Hiking to the Flatirons.

Silverthorne

Breckinridge (Recommend) Visiting the Gold Pan Saloon.

Vail

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado State

Rocky Mountain National Park (Recommend)

Steamboat Springs

Telluride (Recommend)

CONNECTICUT:

New Haven

Yale University

Norwalk

DELAWARE:

Rehobeth Beach (Recommend)

Bethany Beach (Recommend)

Fenwick Island

FLORIDA:

Miami

Fort Lauderdale

Boca Raton

Orlando

Disney World

Rosemary Beach

Alys Beach (Recommend)

GEORGIA:

Emory University

Atlanta

Alpharetta

HAWAII:

Maui (Recommend)

Wailea (Recommend)

Kihei

Lahaina

Paia (Recommend) Dining at Mama’s Fish House.

ILLINOIS:

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Champaign

Chicago (Recommend)

Evanston

University of Chicago

INDIANA:

Indianapolis

IOWA:

Iowa City

KANSAS:

Topeka

Lawrence

University of Kansas (Recommend) Standing at center of the Jayhawks basketball court.

KENTUCKY:

Mammoth Cave (Recommend)

Cadiz

Lake Barkley Park

Park City

LOUISIANA:

New Orleans

Lafayette

Abbeville

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Tulane University

MAINE:

Colby College (Recommend) Skiing down Runnals Hill.

Waterville

Bates College

Portland

Camden (Recommend)

Mexico

Augusta

Oakland

Belgrade Lakes (Recommend)

Freeport (Recommend) Visiting the LL Bean store.

MARYLAND:

Silver Spring

Potomac

Chevy Chase

Rockville

Easton

Baltimore

Wheaton

Landover

Salisbury

Annapolis

Ocean City

Izaak Walton League (Recommend) Doing the archery course.

MASSACHUSETTS:

Harvard University (Recommend)

Lincoln (Recommend)

Sherborn

Natick

Wellesley

Nantucket (Recommend) Biking all over the island.

Martha’s Vineyard (Recommend) Going crabbing for dinner.

Boston (Recommend)

Wellesley College (Recommend)

Boston College

Stoneham

Marblehead (Recommend) Eating a fried clam sandwich.

Swampscott

South Natick

Wayland

Worcester

Northampton

Easthampton

Cambridge (Recommend)

MINNESOTA:

Minneapolis

St. Paul

Duluth

Bemidji (Recommend) Attending the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.

Bemidji State University

Macalester College

MISSISSIPPI:

Oxford

University of Mississippi

MISSOURI:

St. Louis

Washington University (Recommend) Counting the rabbits darting around at dusk.

St. Louis University

Kirkwood

Webster Groves

Ladue

Clayton

Cape Girardeau

Edgar Springs

MONTANA:

Missoula (Recommend)

Blackfoot River (Recommend) Going tubing on the river.

University of Montana

NEBRASKA:

I have been in the state.

NEVADA:

Reno

Las Vegas

Incline Village

Elko

Austin

Mount Rose (Recommend) Snowshoeing on the mountain.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Franconia Notch State Park (Recommend)

Hanover

NEW JERSEY:

New Brunswick

Rutgers University

Princeton (Recommend)

Princeton University

NEW MEXICO:

Santa Fe

Tucumcari

NEW YORK:

New York City (lived in the East Village and the West Village) (Recommend) Listening to jazz at Smalls Jazz Club.

South Salem (Recommend)

Cooperstown (Recommend) Going to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rochester

Irondequoit

NORTH CAROLINA:

Asheville (Recommend) Going to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

Ohio:

College of Wooster

Wooster

Canton

OKLAHOMA:

I have been in the state.

OREGON:

Ashland (Recommend) Going to a play.

Odell Lake

Crater Lake (Recommend)

Bend

Detroit

Eugene

Corvallis

Oregon State University

University of Oregon

Portland

Florence

Bandon

Newport

Sisters

Deschutes National Forest (Recommend)

PENNSYVANIA:

Poconos Mountains

Philadelphia

Gettysburg

Gettysburg Battlefield (Recommend)

RHODE ISLAND:

Brown University

Providence

Barrington

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Myrtle Beach

Charleston (Recommend)

TENNESSEE:

Nashville (Recommend)

Franklin (Recommend)

Leipers Fork (Recommend)

Brentwood

White Bluff

Radnor Lake (Recommend) Hiking around the lake.

Long Hunter State Park (Recommend)

Mount Juliet

Gallatin (Recommend) Dessert at The Ice Cream Social.

Lebanon (Recommend)

Thompson’s Station

Murfreesboro

Fairview

Montgomery Bell State Park

Cookeville

Tennessee Tech University

Vanderbilt University (Recommend)

The Hermitage (Recommend)

Sewanee University (Recommend)

Belmont University (Recommend)

East Nashville (Recommend) Dining at Folk for dinner.

Chattanooga (Recommend) Walking across the Walnut Street Bridge.

Johnsonville State Park

Cumberland River Trail (Recommend)

Edgar Evins State Park (Recommend)

J Percy Priest Lake (Recommend)

Beckwith Point Trail

Cravens House

Sellars Archeological Area

Henry Horton Park (Recommend)

Dunbar Cave Park

Stones River Battlefield

Burgess Falls Park (Recommend)

Baxter

Cedars of Lebanon Park (Recommend)

Bledsoe Creek Park (Recommend)

Fisk University (Recommend)

Cades Cove (Recommend)

Great Smoky Mountains (Recommend)

Townsend (Recommend) Tubing on the Little River.

Tuckaleechee Caverns (Recommend)

McGavock Confederate Cemetery

Memphis

TEXAS:

Houston

Rice University

Amarillo

UTAH:

Dinosaur National Monument

Price

VERMONT:

Burlington

Stowe (Recommend) Skiing on the mountain.

Lake Champlain (Recommend) Kayaking on the lake.

Waterbury

Charlotte (Recommend) Biking all over the area.

Shelburne

Vergennes

Middlebury

Middlebury College (Recommend)

VIRGINIA:

Arlington (Recommend) Walking along the Potomac River.

Williamsburg (Recommend)

College of William and Mary (Recommend) Looking at the statue of Thomas Jefferson eye to eye.

University of Virginia (Recommend)

Monticello (Recommend)

James Madison University

Richmond

Alexandria

George Mason University

Warrenton

Reston

Vienna

Fairfax

Burke

Annandale

Springfield

Mount Vernon (Recommend) Biking to George Washington’s estate.

Falls Church

McClean

Great Falls

Prince William Forest

Manassas

Bull Run (Recommend)

Front Royal

Shenandoah National Park (Recommend)

Old Rag Mountain (Recommend) Hiking the mountain.

Palmyra (Recommend) Sending your kids to Camp Friendship.

Charlottesville

Harrisonburg

Lexington

Washington and Lee University (Recommend)

Yorktown

Virginia Beach

Luray

WASHINGTON:

Seattle (Recommend) Eating at the Space Needle restaurant.

University of Washington

WASHINGTON, DC: (Recommend) Going to the Smithsonian Museums.

WEST VIRGINIA:

Paw Paw (Recommend)

Berkeley Springs (Recommend) Going to the Apple Butter Festival.

Seneca Rocks (Recommend) Rock climbing and rappelling.

WYOMING:

Jackson (Recommend)

Grand Teton National Park (Recommend)