In 2002, on an 11-day sea kayak trip through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons of the Green River in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, I read Centennial by James Michener. Like many Michener books, Centennial begins with a lengthy prehistory of, in this case, northeast Colorado, including a veritable Who’s Who of dinosaurs. Diplodocus featured prominently among this impressive prehistory and I found myself rather intrigued by the challenges poor old Diplo must have endured. She was a vegetarian, as I mostly am, preferred to graze than horde, moving slowly among trees and shrubs, perhaps dipping her toes into the edge of ponds or rivers to test the waters and poke around in the muck. I don’t know what kind of a sleeper Diplodocus was, but sleeping has never been my forte, and in the wee hours one night, in our tent on a smooth, expansive beach beside the Green River, John woke to find me reading by headlamp. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Would you like me to tell you about the Travails of Diplodocus?” I replied.

And thus my story begins.

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  1. Wishing you guys a wonderful adventure! Safe travels! Looking forward to reading the blog and living vicariously through you! Christina

  2. So thrilled for you!
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    and may you find love and kindness wherever you go.
    Viagens seguras meus amigos!
    XOXOX julie

  3. Wonderful that you (finally) started a blog. 🙂 Happy adventuring! We look forward to following along. I was hoping there would be a “sign up” or “follow” button to receive new posts in my inbox, but I don’t see it. I’ll be sure to check in once in a while. Enjoy the new travails.

  4. I am so glad you arrived safely and were greeted by the “Welcome to Israel” Cat. I am looking forward to hearing about all of your experiences. Love to all of you, Mom.

    • Right here on the blog page, Pie. Look for a place to enter your email address so that you receive notifications. You’ll then get an email asking you to confirm, and after you’ve done that you’ll then receive notifications of updates to the blog. We miss you too, Pie! ❤️

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