Ten places Where I Would Love to Spend October


Rangers season is over. No playoffs. No World Series. Waiting on the Rangers post-mortems, probably coming on Wednesday. Lots of new stuff today on the website. So what now? Just day-dreaming about places I’d love to take Helen and Toby if the refrigerator was working and that state university didn’t need to be fed. Pictures will have to do for now. What’s the lottery up to this week?

Anaconda Montana

“I would have liked to have seen Montana!” Russian sub executive, the Hunt for Red October.

Big Sur

“Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day.” Tom Hanks

Francona Notch

“If we couldn’t get strong from what we lose, and what we miss, and what  we want and can’t have, then we couldn’t ever get strong enough.”
John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire.


“And Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need
mending.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Upper Peninsula, Michigan
“Lake Wobegon, the little town that time forgot and decades can’t improve,” Garrison Keillor

Spence Field

“My horse must think it queer, to stop without a pool hall near.” Zonker Harris, Doonesbury

Lake of the Woods

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” St. Thomas Aquinas

Florida Keys

“I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing,” the old man said. “They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as we are and
would understand.” Ernest Hemingway, the Old Man and the Sea

San Juan Islands

“Washington is nicknamed the Evergreen State because it is better than the Incessant, Nagging, Drizzle State.” Dave Barry

Leatherstocking Region

“An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.” Washington Irving.


I interviewed a lady in upstate New York, on Lake Skaneateles, who told me stories of sitting in Buffalo Bill Cody’s lap or combing his hair while he told her of the adventures he and her uncle had in the great west.  To get there, I drove down a road that had such an umbrella of trees grown over it that it was like driving down a great emerald tube.  When I arrived at the lake, it was one narrow dirt road that only one car could pass.  But that was not the danger. It was the scenery that captured my eyes so that I could no longer watch the road and had to pull off.  There is so much beauty to behold on our little blue marble of a planet.  Thanks for the lovely pictures and the reminder of what is yet to see.  



Right now I’d just like to go for another walk. Woof!

There should be more comments here, T.R. Well done. Great choices.

Baseball and these locales … We could have a lot to talk about at a bar, at a campsite or on a porch.

Thanks for the unexpected selection of the little known – except for Cooperstown – Leatherstocking Region of upstate NY. All of upstate is underrated. I should know.

Ron, Hometown – Marion, NY

Thanks for yet another season of coverage, insight and wit. It should be an interesting offseason.

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