Author Archives: wanderingthecdt

Her Royal Highness Cameo Blogs for Podunk

Editor’s note: Gentle Podunk readers have for all intents and purposes watched Her Royal Highness and Odd Number grow up. I know you’ll join me in my motherly awe and adoration when you read HRH’s tale of running the mighty Alsek River in Alaska. First Times: Life Lessons From the Upper Alsek As I checked […]
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Meet the Cyborgs

I spent the last week of September with my parents — the Notorious Babs and Big L — in Sun Valley. These avid world travelers nabbed a condo for a week in one of our family’s special places and I shimmied over the Trail Creek Road, a unique portal that connects Central Idaho with shi-shi-la-la […]
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C’Mon Utah

Editor’s note: One of the best ways to produce more content is to have other people produce content. The talented and companionable Lurlynn Lumpkin found herself on special assignment with your one and only Podunk, and lived to tell the tale. Enjoy! I’m delighted to fulfill my longstanding dream of being a guest blogger, but […]
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Full Suspension — Mattress

I apologize, gentle Podunk readers, for my lengthy absence. I have legitimately been on several “special assignments” that have distracted me from documenting my daily absurdity. As always, I pledge to do better, with no real conviction that will be true. But since you asked, on one of these special assignments, a longtime friend and […]
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Podunk Stranded in Paradise — Again

Podunk Meets Paradise is aptly named, if I do say so myself. I, Podunk, do so frequently encounter Paradise. Take, for example, our recent jaunt to visit my sidekick Lucy and her longtime Beau in the Frank Freakin Church Wilderness. The occasion was Iron Chef’s birthday, of which he is extremely fond, and a kind […]
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Podunk on Special Assignment Encore

I find myself in western Michigan for an extended stay, and I’ve stumbled upon one pleasant surprise after another. First, after a summer of wildfires in the West, I am appreciative of Michigan’s oxygen. The trees and the humidity create a jungle-like effect, and the trees help block the view of no mountains. Michigan has […]
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San Diego in Podunk-sized Pieces

I’m adjusting to urban life by breaking this big city into little places. An urban friend once told me that neighborhoods in cities functioned a lot like small towns. I think this is a little bit true. I also have continued to explore the familiar, and that means breweries make the list. People who drink […]
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Podunk on Special Assignment

I often find myself wondering, how did I get here? I mean just generally, in life. And then specifically, when I’m lost in the backcountry, or front country, or city. During Coronavirus Weirdness, I tried to apply myself to baking bread and improving my Spanish. I think I earned a solid C+ in the baking […]
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Podunk in Texas

I can’t explain why I get stuck in places, but I do. I am currently, for instance, stuck in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport area, which is a little on the urban side for my comfort level. The advantage of being in an urban metropolis is transportation options abound. My new best friends are Lyft drivers […]
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Product Placement

Now that I’ve started co-opting other people’s content, I find I am much more prolific. In this case, Podunk Meets Paradise’s only sponsor, Sturdy Pine Gear & Repair, has released a video that at once taps into Podunkery and Paradisery in a way that inspired me to my core. I got my own Sturdy Pine […]
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