Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Courtney Love's Birthday!

It's been quite a five-week stretch for your favorite transitional fossil. Trips to New Mexico, Alberta, San Francisco, a couple of looming deadlines at work, and a total lack of anything to say have kept this blog eerily quiet. At least the travel is over, and the deadlines met.

5 comments:

Claude Scales said...

Welcome back. I'm hoping you'll fill us in on events during your travels, in due course. I'm guessing that New Mexico was to seek your beloved lesser prairie chicken, and Alberta to see some dino fossils, as well as to enjoy the many other natural glories of both places. While in San Francisco, did you visit the City Lights bookstore? I was there last August, and the friend-of-my-wife's-friend who was our guide on our tour of Chinatown and North Beach pointed to a balcony above the main room of the store, saying, "Look, there's the top of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's head." Since I assumed that Ferlinghetti, like so many of the beats, had departed for the great coffeehouse in the sky, I thought for a second that this must be some kind of ghoulish display, perhaps in the manner of Jeremy Bentham. Looking up, though, I saw a bald dome with a fringe of hair hunched forward and bobbing slightly, as if addressing a keyboard. He lives and, evidently, still writes.

Archaeopteryx said...

Hi, Claude! Not only did we not see the top of Ferlinghetti's head, we didn't do much of anything in San Francisco that could be considered "cultural." We did visit the new California Academy of Sciences museum, which neither I nor Mrs. Archaeopteryx cared for. But we flew into San Francisco mainly to use it as a base to see some of the natural areas of northern California and southern Oregon.

artandsoul said...

Hey - I went to Alberta too. To Waterton, the Canadian town in Glacier National Park.

Really pretty town, very nice lunch and many new birds on my life list. Also saw a small herd of Bighorn Sheep with babies.

We had a great trip and our travels are over too. Hope yours were enjoyable!

Archaeopteryx said...

Waterton was my first exposure to the Canadian National Park system, 20 years ago. I found it to be beautiful, but very commercial compared to US national parks. Turns out to be fairly standard to have commercial concerns in the parks, but you get used to it pretty quickly--and nothing can take away from the scenery at Jasper and Banff.

artandsoul said...

We're thinking Banff next year - and maybe driving all the way to Alaska.