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 […]


“Just fucking jump, dude.”   The phrase had become a mantra that over time I had started to ignore. A decision that lent itself to more posturing than real action over the past six months or so. The behavior I had once prided myself on had dissolved and morphed into more of a safety net or protective blanket from the outside world in favor of keeping up appearances and clinging helplessly to some idea that I could control the world around me. It’s easy to lie and to appear as though you live one way while reality is something wholly different in this wonderfully narcissistic […]

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 […]

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 […]