The helmsman’s ear caught a faint lapping sound from the bow as the ship moved with virtual silence through the black river water. Directing the cumbersome ship held his attention. He must pull the tiller against all eddies as he felt them to keep the vessel straight and it made him weary. The shore, twenty feet to the right remained a barely discernible darker night presence.
Watchers at the bow strained and tried to pierce the blackness. The moonless night made seeing any darker…Continue
Added by Richard O. Benton on June 28, 2016 at 3:07pm — No Comments
From my office in another part of the house I heard a great thump. Maybe it didn’t shake the house, but my wife gasped and I heard that well enough. The thump must have sounded much louder where she sat on the sofa facing our big picture window because Mr. Red-bellied Woodpecker had just slammed into the glass.
My wife immediately ran to the window and stood peering down at a rumpled mass of beak and feathers.
“Oh Dick,” she cried, “it’s our beautiful red-bellied woodpecker. Is…Continue
Added by Richard O. Benton on June 18, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments
Most people would have thought we were out for an idyllic walk. I thought we were out for an idyllic walk. We had beautiful weather, not too nippy for the second day of September, not for the middle of the Adirondacks.
My wife and I decided to walk along route 114 in the minuscule resort town of Blue Mountain Lake, NY both for exercise and to see what we could see. We try to make it a point to balance our vacation dissipation with as many walks as we can manage. It’s for…Continue
Added by Richard O. Benton on June 11, 2016 at 5:47am — No Comments
My wife of three weeks and I were on our honeymoon. Our cruise ship, a small, intimate liner run by Coster Cruise Lines headed into a gorgeous fiord, a place called Glacier Bay. We loved the beauty all around. Alaska needed no intro for me, but I’d never been to this long, deep, glacier created watercourse before.
We both looked at a waterspout churning in the distance the Captain had just announced over the PA system. People ran from all parts of the vessel and crowded the rail to…Continue
Added by Richard O. Benton on June 4, 2016 at 3:13pm — No Comments