Worth Celebrating

Coming up on one more year down. . . If you would have asked me ten years ago where I would be at 34, and if I were honest, I would have answered “dead”. It sounds dramatic now, but it didn’t feel that way then. I couldn’t realistically see myself lasting this far into the future. I was nurturing seemingly innocent and cheeky alcoholism paired with a closet drug habit that was gaining serious traction. I was already well into the process of slowly giving up on a meaningful future. Stressful upbringing, followed by an even more stressful adolescence, followed by an angry exit from […]

Keep Drifting

My heroes have always been cowboys. My grandfather was a pirate. I learned to love my legs again by losing the use of them for the summer. I sat so long the ants in my pants got high and fell asleep. The knee that wouldn’t will again and I just realized I’m 60 days booze free. Queue the wizzle and a hot cup of peppermint tea. Pull out the atlas and fire up google maps. Take off your pants and socks. Headphones. Run the Jewels and see. The plan started to fall out of me like it had been hiding there for years. A long […]

To the Cascade Range

Once again, they are calling. The stretch of increasingly warmer days has brought more people to town. And out of their homes. It isn’t that I dislike people, because I don’t, I dislike being surrounded by humanity in constant motion. The since passed winter traffic outside my bedroom window would be a welcome reprieve from this thaw’s newfound constant rumble. My bookshelves shimmy against the walls they hug. The string hanging from my desk lamp swings gently in shifts from 5am to 8pm. The vibration of humanity’s progress is constant. So it’s time to pack up and leave. Again. I’m one week away from putting […]

Anza – Borrego Desert Dinosaurs

Many of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Anza-Borrego Desert can still be found there today, as well as a few other creatures that may never have trod the same ground as those still standing. They draw a small crowd nonetheless. Two hours to the east of Southern California’s world famous beaches lies Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the town of Borrego Springs. The park covers over 53,000 acres of preserved natural habitat, while the small town itself sits right in the middle of it. For the weary hiker or 4wheeler there are a number of places to rest your head, whether it be […]

Advocate Cycles “Hayduke” Bike Review

100% of profit for Advocacy. Because bikes.   Let’s get right down to it. First of all, everyone and anyone who claims to give a shit about the cycling community in the United States should know about Advocate Cycles. Based out of Minnesota, they are “. . .a bike company that exists solely to create innovative bicycles and deliver 100% of profits from the company back to cycling advocacy efforts.” If that doesn’t stir something in your loins, then I can’t be your friend. What that statement above means, basically, is that after assessing their profits from the previous year, they donate the maximum amount allowed by […]

North to Alaska Road Trip: Yukon, Canada – concluded

Bury me in Ibex valley. . . After meeting my new friend and setting a few loose dates for my return, I pointed the truck towards Alaska and continued on with my previous plan. I spent just over a week back home. Running in the woods and exploring the valley in the town I grew up in. Revisiting the place I used to run away from home to and camp as a kid at the base of the Chugach Mountains, a ritual I indulge in each and every time I visit home, and doing my part with some construction on the family cabin. I stayed […]