Prose+Poetry Road Trips

A Fine Vintage

IMG_8283A metallic twang, like a note struck on a steel guitar, reveals the mineralized soil in which everything grows. Assaulted by notes of spruce, eucalyptus and dogwood, I inhale an aroma, leafy around the edges, evergreen at its core. Undertones of an old cigar box that has been left out in the rain, creep past my heightened olfaction. And yet—the lingering impression on the tongue is angular, optimistic as a freshly laundered white shirt hung to dry in the chinook winds that blow where the Canadian Prairies and the Great Plains meet. At the edges, I can taste winter, and I’m reminded how much I miss this Alberta air.

In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

7 comments on “A Fine Vintage

  1. Ric Kokotovich

    A lovely piece of writing by that beautiful woman that I’m lucky enough to be able to call my wife.

  2. Allison. Have you read Diane Ackerman’s “A Natural History of the Senses”? If you haven’t I think you would really enjoy it–based on your beautiful perceptions and writing.

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation! I just checked it out on Goodreads and it looks like a book I’d absolutely enjoy…muchas gracias! And for your kind words😊

  3. Wonderful pieces, Alison! Thanks to dear friends who moved to Mérida, Eck Follen and Charles Swanson, I have just learned of your website and writings . . .

  4. Just found this in my email. It is a poem. Very nice. You would not like the Alberta air today. 😦

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