Adventure: Death Valley Update

The shifting of transmissions, large and small, as they make their way up the eleven percent grade from the valley floor. The smart ones, the ones who have seen the light, move the slowest, heads aimed equally ahead and to … Read More

Adventure: Big Bend Ultra 30k

Well, I survived. The Big Bend Ultra 30k. My first race of any kind since I was in middle school. Training? Just enough to strain my left leg. So no, no real training. But, I went anyway, which is the … Read More

Adventure: The Freedom to Think

Another conversation with a creative searching for the path forward. The days of the well worn path are long gone. Now we find ourselves at the edge of the Sahara with tracks leading off in all directions. No clear destination. … Read More

Adventure: Across the White Sheet

Across the white sheet. Eight hundred and fifty miles. Think time. Alone but bursting with brainwaves. Searching, making notes and formalizing all those random things that end up being not so random. The land of Texans in fringe. Leather shawls … Read More

Adventure: California Training

Lots of activity here in the old OC. A mission on the horizon, so there is training to be done. If I haven’t said this before let me state it now. I’m not a runner. I was, way back in … Read More

Adventure: Travels with Tacoma

I don’t want to be anywhere else. The West is being developing at an astonishing rate. If you too want to see this place you better go now because it won’t be long before vast swaths will be off-limits, gobbled … Read More

Adventure: Giving Thanks

Looking south toward the Sandias from Sun Mountain, Thanksgiving 2018 “You know,” a friend said. “I could have paid more in taxes, could have done more and would still have been okay.” “I saw a homeless guy earlier who had … Read More

Adventure: Driving West

For those of you who don’t know what it’s like to travel in the American West I wanted to provide you a few details of yesterday’s drive from Santa Fe to Costa Mesa. I’ve done this drive hundreds of times, … Read More

Adventure: Driving South

Storm clouds. Heavy, rolling thunder and standing pools near standing rock or the like. One, two, three, four, five, six times the baldy fourteeners rebelling out the landscape. Clear light butted by fringes of wispy vastness that only this region … Read More

Adventure: Driving North

A little business. Mixed emotions when I turn north. Into this place. This city. There is pain here, unforgettable. Moment of memory, so grand. Unrepeatable. And then. It ended. Summer night. Decades ago. Gunshots. Evil. The innocent, never supposed to … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Training

My first time hiking Baldy alone, which was fantastic. Not that I don’t enjoy hiking with friends, I do, but working alone allows for the mental and physical games we play. I left the parking lot at 6:15AM but should … Read More

Adventure: “I’ll Walk for Food”

You might be asking “Milnor, what the Hell does a bunch of food have to do with adventure?” So insightful. Great question. Guess what? I’m going to tell you. My truck is currently sitting in the long-term parking lot in … Read More

Adventure: Tacoma Build

The Tacoma build is coming along nicely. Almost done actually. I know, I know, I’m never done, but I’m closer than you think. I’m not a total truck nut. Well, I am but it’s all about USING the truck that … Read More

Adventure: The Empire Strikes Back

The Inland Empire. Endless rivers of moist concrete. Lost bits of human ephemera. Traces where transient man used to be. Walking here is strike one. Motorists isolated in their metal coffins, clutching phones in sweaty hands, just try to make … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Fly Fishing

Up early. Up north. Fires rage to the south, east and more north. Huge smoke plume through the bug streaked windshield but the white mushroom is moving in the other direction, for now. We are dry here, so dry that … Read More

Adventure: My Anniversary

So I almost missed it. Truth be told. I almost forgot. That would have been bad, but survivable. You see, twenty-two years ago I met the only woman for me. The only one. There were others before this one, all … Read More

Adventure: Altas Packs, Athlete Next Gen

The latest generation of the Atlas Athlete on the left and the prior generation on the right. The new bag is a large and the older version is a medium, hence the difference in height. This post straddles the “Creative” … Read More