Jim Payne writes in praise of curiosity itself in his most recent adventure travel book, Chasing Thoreau. Some might begin this volume thinking they’ll enjoy a fine adventure along with Jim on the waters of the Merrimack and Concord. Others might seek out the bits of religious enlightenment concealed within. But the common thread throughout these few days on the water, as throughout the life of Dr. James Payne, is certainly curiosity.Read more "Book Review: “Chasing Thoreau” by Jim Payne"
Recently, I kayaked with friends through the upper reaches of a gentle riverine reservoir – an impoundment that still looks like a river but with greater depth and less current. Wood abounded in the watercourse and I wished for fishing tackle, maybe catfish tackle. Giant sycamores leaned precariously out over the inscrutable water – still […]Read more "Get Ready, Your Woods and Waters are About to Change"
I don’t really describe myself as a hiker anymore. I prefer “explorer”. This idea links my travels to all the diversity and all the opportunity to be found out there. And the truth is, I’m not wedded to slogging forward at a walking pace with a pack on my back (though I’ve done an awful […]Read more "All a Hike Can Be"