March 24, 2006

Musings from "A Salty Piece of Land" (by Jimmy Buffet)

Betsy The Devine, a truly gifted author, quotes from the master adventure storyteller himself, Jimmy Buffet, reminding us that "...adventures don't come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them."

Well said.

Montauk Rider out!

March 19, 2006


The arrival of Spring in New Hampshire is a marvel to behold. Like snowflakes, no two Springs are exactly alike.

One thing New Englanders count on, nonetheless, is that Spring will arrive at its own good pace. Spring will tease us mortals. The bulbs begin to sprout their stems up from the soil one day only to be fast buried in a wet heavy snow the next.

Sunny days will be followed by a week of rain. The rain is welcomed by those who desire roads to be washed clean of Winter's detritus -- mostly salt and sand.

Each sunrise awakens the following day earlier: the blues of winter's confining harshness lessen. Montauk Rider's thoughts turn to our gardens, to the birds singing in the yard, and inexorably to the open road.

I yearn to ride the Montauk once again. I must wait, however. It is still just 28 degrees (F), and the roads are still white with salt. Soon......................................