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About Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
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Dec 21, 2015

Recovery Share: Acceptance and Making Better Choices

I don’t know about you, but I am big into making plans. That’s not a problem, of course. Without plans we can’t meet each other, build ships, and accomplish goals. The trouble for me comes when I get overly attached to my plans. The story goes like this: I had a plan that was going […]

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Dec 20, 2015

Saturday Morning, Football Train

I love Saturday mornings on English trains. In addition to the ladies going shopping, old couples sitting quietly, families sometimes bickering, and pods of teenagers going who knows where, there are always groups of 20- to 40something men, with beers, talking football. Listening to little snippets here and there, I realize that I — a Fulham […]

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Dec 20, 2015

Seeing a Game at Birmingham City FC

A trip to the (I must say it) third team in England’s second city. Walking out of my hotel in Birmingham, bound for Birmingham City Football Club, I asked a staffer hot to get to the ground. He gave me what turned out to be mediocre-at-best directions, then asked how an American came to be […]

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Dec 19, 2015

From London to Birmingham, Feeling at Home

As I get a little better at these football trips, I find myself getting into the groove with UK transit. For example, second morning of this trip, it’s off to Birmingham to see the Blues play Cardiff. I started in West Norwood, the South London home of my English family, and without giving it a whole […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: How I Met a Sober Millwall Fan

Among the great traditions of my English soccer trips is meeting friends of friends on arrival in London. My first night in London, mostly to stay awake, but also to meet some locals and maintain my sanity a bit, I went to a 12-Step meeting in Tottenham. There, I had the usual conversation — what […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: Talking Footy at UK Customs

I’m starting to really look forward to hitting customs in the UK. Other than the excitement of arriving in my tied-for-favorite country, the U.K. Border Force is also my first chance to talk footy with English blokes. (Sometimes it’s a lady, and that’s even better of, course.) They always ask what I’ll be doing in […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: Flying Business Class

For the first time in my life, I got to board an international flight — and turn left. At some point I think that’s really what it’s all about, that moment of ego gratification from getting to sit up front. At least it was for me, since I’d never been up there before, and I […]

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Dec 09, 2015

My MLS Cup 2015 Diary: Or, The Timbers’ Big Night in Columbus

What is it like when your team wins the championship? Beyond description, really — but that didn’t deter me from writing this here diary of the experience of watching my Portland Timbers win the 2015 MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday 5 p.m. I finish a 12-hour shift driving a taxi, hand off the car […]

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Nov 16, 2015

Three Walks Along Portland’s New Orange Line MAX

Now that Portland has its new MAX line up and running, I thought I would check out some of the best places to go for a walk along the new Orange Line. The new Orange Line starts in downtown Portland (where it continues from a Yellow Line), then follows new tracks south of Portland State and down to […]

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Nov 15, 2015

Recovery Share: The Scripts in my Head

I have recently said some things that made me uncomfortable — not in the old sense, where I’d say something and then later cringe, like some crazy shit blurted out when I was drunk. What I mean is that I had to say something which might upset somebody, or make them uncomfortable. And since, in my […]

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