Traveler’s Faith

RONALD NELSON

Over the years, I’ve developed a kind of traveler’s faith that things will work out even when I get in what seems like an impossible situation.  I believe blindly that if I just keep looking I’ll find what I need.  Secretly I enjoy getting myself in to these kinds of messes.  It was my first night on Japan’s Hachijo Island, and a typhoon was growing outside, shaking the guest house.  The many geckos that lived in the house made hurried shuffling noises, and took cover behind every picture and scroll  — I wondered what they knew that I didn’t.  I’d never been at the center of a typhoon before but my host didn’t seem worried as we shared a cup of tea.  I mentioned that I was on my way to the next island over and she told me that none of her guests had…

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