Adventure: BikeLife Episode 006

This is probably the last BikeLife post for a while. I’ve decided NOT to ride on the road until the virus is over. Today alone I’ve had three Amber Alerts on my phone, from the state of New Mexico, saying … Read More

Adventure: Cycle of Life

Life can be a cruel mistress. And it can end abruptly. As you know, I’ve been investing time in learning about birds, which until recently filled yet a tiny portion of a long, long list of topics I knew nothing … Read More

Adventure: In Circles

So, I got a trainer. I’ve been a cyclist, on and off, since high school but this is the first trainer I’ve ever had. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I thought riding it would be boring. … Read More

Adventure: Finch x2

I think these finches are from England. I’m not sure why I believe this other than when I look at these birds I find myself speaking to them with an English accent. Simon and Lucy. Meet Simon and Lucy. They … Read More

Adventure: Meet Paco and Juanita

I don’t know their real names. They could be “Sits with Wolf,” and “Sun Rises over Prairie Grass.” Or it could be “Dave and Julie.” Seeing as this is a Spanish speaking community I’m going with Paco and Juanita. Piñon … Read More

Adventure: Thirty Years and Counting

I’m in love, again. I bought these Vasque Summits thirty years ago and they are still going strong. Sure, there is probably something I could put in the outside to bring back some of the luster but you KNOW how … Read More

Adventure: Just Another Robin?

Yesterday afternoon I took a walk. Nothing major. Three miles of exploration around my new home, like a dog finding its territory. At one point during the walk I heard one fight and witnessed another. The first being a dog … Read More

Adventure: Power of the Fun

Americans love fossil fuel. We do. Not like much of the world doesn’t as well but we seem to burn more than our share. Same for electricity. The extraction and energy industries have one of the most powerful lobby groups … Read More

Adventure: Red on Brown

Signs you are about to undergo a midlife crisis. Number one, you take up birding. Check. Central Texas. On a family, humanitarian mission. For those of you who know my mother, well, we begin anew with the next chapter in … Read More

Adventure: Can I Make It Up?

No. Sorry to cut this story short but there is no way, at fifty-one, that I can go on the road for two weeks without any exercise other than short bouts of yoga in hotel rooms where the most challenging … Read More

Adventure: Denver Escape

I’m at a tradeshow this week. I was at a tradeshow last week. I’m at another tradeshow next week. If you have never worked a tradeshow then it will impossible to know just how physically damaging these events actually are. … Read More

Adventure: Lake Surprise

Martin Luther King Day. I creep toward the edges of the natural area as I look for a place to park for the night. The day moves from hot to cold to hot again. Tourists fill the lots as they … Read More

Adventure: While the World Burns

Where better to witness the human straw? “If you were me, and you were on foot, where you would you go,” I asked. PANIC FACE “I’ve never walked anywhere,” she said. Diet soda within reach. Looking at the map I … Read More

Adventure: Tracks

tem·po·ral1/ˈtemp(ə)rəl 1.relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular.”the Church did not imitate the secular rulers who thought only of temporal gain”Similar:secularnonspiritualworldlyprofanematerialmundaneearthlyterrestrialnonreligiouslaycarnalfleshlymortalcorporealsublunaryterreneOpposite:spiritual 2.relating to time.”the spatial and temporal dimensions of human interference in complex ecosystems”Similar:of time

Adventure: Snow Day

Some of you are old enough to remember the blizzard of 1978. I was a midwesterner then, a young one. Indiana to be more specific. Northeastern corner to be precise. If I remember correctly, we missed the all-time record number … Read More

Adventure: Deep Freeze

Winter comes in waves. When temps begin with a four there is always room for discussion. When temps begin with a three much less so. And when temps begin with a two, or one or with a zero there is … Read More

Adventure: There is Always The Time

Beauty. Molecules. Us, them, it as it should be. All one and the same. Breath as frozen vapor. Single digits. Layered up but wondering about the combination. Oxygen choices. Limited conversation. Friends don’t need to say a thing. Trail winding … Read More

Adventure: Three Days Out

Four hundred and twenty-seven miles. Let’s call it twenty miles per gallon. A bit more on the way there, a bit less on the way back. Downhill, wind at the back, the windshield like an IMAX film playing nonstop. Winter … Read More