|Eastern Brown Snake|
Fast-moving, aggressive, known for their nasty tempers
OK, maybe not so much the Sunburned Country but that has more, to do with the colossal distance (a 23-42 hour plane ride!), cost (cheapest roundtrip flight I could find was $1,370!) and the fact that so much of their wildlife can kill me. In fact, apparently, they hold this as a goal. Also too:
"That’s the thing about Australia, you see. It teems with interesting stuff, but at the same time it’s so vast and empty and forbidding that it generally takes a remarkable stroke of luck to find it."
|Salmon River and the Sawtooth Mountains|
"In the morning I awoke early and experienced that sinking sensation that overcomes you when you first open your eyes and realize that instead of a normal day ahead of you, with its scatterings of simple gratifications, you are going to have a day without even the tiniest of pleasures; you are going to drive across Ohio."
|Somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains|
|A friendly sheep on the Isle of Skye|
"What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless."Alright, alright….possibly he just inspires me to visit England and Wales. The Type Archive in London? Pembrokeshire in Wales? Stonehenge? Like...totally!
What about Scotland? I’m already thrilled about the place. Been there a few times or more and def look forward to going again. My dream is to trike the Isle of Skye. I fantasize about long walks (or mountain triking!) in the Outer Hebrides. The galleries and museums of Edinburgh exert a real solid pull – a tractor beam. I WILL get back there!
Now I want to reread Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe and I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away. Hells bells, I want to reread all his books. Also, I feel quite certain I’ve got a copy of The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way kicking around the house – must find it!
"It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it."
~ from A Short History of Nearly Everything