Aagh, just as I was getting ready to write this week’s travel theme, I found myself locked out of the house. As I waited for someone with another key to arrive, I stared in anguish through the window at my laptop, so close and yet so far, and this week’s theme pretty much wrote itself. Here are a few close encounters I’ve had on my travels, starting with a few precocious animals, like this doe in the Olympics…
…this raccoon in Central Park…
…and this robin in Ireland who has taken to perching on my hand to grab a bite to eat.
This was as close as I wanted to get to this guy, skulking in a swamp in South Carolina.
There was my rather bizarre close encounter with a flock of bishops, the Swiss Guard and Molatov-cocktail wielding protesters in Rome…
…the Wicklow beach where St Patrick and his pals came close death going up against the local pagans …
…and the closest I’ve ever been to paradise – staying in a little jungle bungalow in the lowlands of Guatemala. Heaven.
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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir