North to Alaska Road Trip: Yukon Territory, Canada

As I may have mentioned before, when I decided to pack up the truck and head out on an approximately 4,000 mile journey to Alaska and back, my primary objective was to spend the time I had never taken before to explore the country between the PNW and everything that lies north on the way to my home state. I had a pretty good plan laid down. And as I’ve also mentioned in previous posts, my plans almost always change once I get a good head of steam and set out on the road. Sometimes suddenly and with specific intention. And other times, not so […]

North to Alaska Road Trip: Williams Lake, BC

Maple syrup on pizza? The second stop on my road trip north was Williams Lake, British Columbia (BC), Canada. I spent a large portion of my childhood visiting my grandparents in BC, and I’ve passed through many times over the years for one reason or another. But I’ve never actually taken the time to explore any of it, aside from a rafting trip in my youth and the occasional snowboarding trip to Whistler. The highways and mountain roads, including the Alaska-Canada Highway and the Trans-Canada Highway, have become familiar to me over the years in a sleep deprived haze. Each past trip has been exclusively […]

North to Alaska Road Trip: Bellingham, WA

Stop number one on the 2,600 mile journey home.   It’s been over five years since I’ve spent any real quality time in the town of Bellingham, WA. And almost eight years since I said goodbye, and decided to relocate to Oregon’s high desert. As I pulled off of I-5N and headed to my motel that would be “home” for the next two nights, the heavy nostalgia and possibly even weightier ghosts from my early 20’s started to wash over me. In my experience, that particular sensation has the ability to either paralyze or motivate. For me, paralytic fear of repeating the past and a […]

New Orleans, I Love You

Our itinerary said the flight from SeaTac to Louis Armstrong would be somewhere in the ballpark of five hours long. So why, while drearily shuffling up the jetway, did my brother and I swear we were only in the air for one? Perhaps it was the spirited round of Airporting we had engaged in pre-flight. Or the doubles of Johnny Walker the flight attendant so cheerfully indulged us with throughout our time in the air. I repeatedly checked every sign I saw to make sure we hadn’t landed somewhere else by mistake. As if the humidity, heavy mix of southern accents, beaded necks and sudden […]

Escape to Stehekin

A North Cascades Oasis I’ve been coming to the town of Stehekin off and on for a few years now and it has earned its place on my “I’d Move There in a Heartbeat if I Could” list. Only reachable by boat, plane or on foot, it attracts both adventure – seekers and those looking to escape from the modern grind equally. Located at Lake Chelan’s headwaters, it has often been a jumping off point for modern travelers looking to get from Washington State’s interior into the beautiful North Cascade Mountain Range. In fact, the name “Stehekin” is based on a Salishan word meaning “the […]

New Zealand: Wrapping Up

Well, it’s time to wrap-up my recent trip to New Zealand. In some ways it could be seen as a bit of a bust after the whole Stewart Island theft incident. But in other ways it was a learning experience I probably wouldn’t have indulged in if I were back home. My motivation for the adventure didn’t go away, I just embraced the comfort of being completely alone, naked, and anonymous in a place I’d never been. I met many people but exchanged contact information with very few of them. It was a unique experience. It was slightly hazy, often lazy, mildly anti-social tourism at […]