"Moving through the country, you are moment by moment topographically mapping your past and more capable of a clear view of your future. This is as close as you're ever going to get to the life of a freewheeling migratory bird."
Coffeehouse in town pays homage to its most famous son, Dizzy Gillespie.
"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing?--it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."
__________________________ "It is true that departures sadden and exhilarate me, and whatever I pass through -- new countries, skies pure or cloudy, seas under rain the colour of a grey pearl -- something of myself catches on it and clings so passionately that I feel as though I were leaving behind me a thousand little phantoms in my image, rocked on the waves, cradled in the leaves, scattered among the clouds."
--from Collette's The Vagabond __________________________
Mouth of the St. John's River as seen from the back porch of Singleton's Seafood Shack
"Something 'bout the wrinkle in your forehead tells me there's a fit 'bout to get thrown."
--"Heathens," Drive-By Truckers
"You say you want to be a sailor, but all you really want is to enjoy shore leave."
Western North Carolina
Blue Ridge Mountains
"Why complain about life if you are looking for good fish and have followed some idiot into the middle of the copper market?"