Adventure: Salomon SpeedCross 3

I’ve posted this route many times before, but this was the first time I ran the entire first half, 3.5 miles of steep ups and downs. Now, I actually COULD have run the entire thing, but the return trip is … Read More

Adventure: Anza Borrego

The Tacoma in the middle for scale. We finally got out. The original plan was a three-truck caravan into the backcountry, but the first two trucks had to pull out. I’m not entirely equipped for backcountry solo excursions, in the … Read More

Adventure: California Training

I had a good weekend, a fun weekend. But I’m tired. I’m not twenty. In eight months I’ll be fifty. But right before the hike you see below, I stopped to talk to a guy who had an Outside Van … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More

Creative: NoCal Coast

I wasn’t sure where to post this. Adventure or Creative? Take your pick because it straddles both. I slept in my truck, built a fire and walked remote and wrinkled pieces of Earth, but I also made images, used my … Read More

Adventure: California Training

As you will see, I’m establishing a pattern, but before I comment further I’d just like to say that none of this really matters. At all. Exercise, for those who love it, is an integral part of…..something, but what that … Read More

Adventure: California Training

My feet hurt. For some unknown reason I felt like running yesterday, so I did. And now I realize how old and brittle I really am. I didn’t just run any little old trail. No, I decided to run a … Read More

Read: Icefall

The world is a dangerous place. For John All the danger comes in falling into a crevasse, alone in the high mountains near Everest. And on top of Everest and in the sticky Central American jungle among other places, and … Read More

Adventure: California Training

Apparently you are not supposed to mix creatine and beet powder. But I did. And then I promptly rode the thirty miles you see here. So far I’m still alive but the day is young. This may or may not … Read More

Adventure: Night Patrol

I love hiking at night. This is less than a mile from my house, but once you leave the pavement you get to know the night. Even though I’m in the middle of the OC I’m surrounded by creatures. Did … Read More

Adventure: California Training

So two days ago I did a ride at 6AM and the temperature was 44 degrees. Not that bad. But on the back side of the Back Bay it was 34 degrees. And I don’t have gloves. So by mile … Read More

Adventure: Texas Flyfishing

Yep, got a shot at my favorite Central Texas fish house. I’ve been here many, many times and always have fun. This day I got to take my wife, mother and sister. Knowing this I was prepared for nearly anything. … Read More

Adventure: More Big Bend

Physically I’m back from West Texas but mentally I’m still dusty. I’m actually IN Texas again, but this time on the opposite side. Houston to be precise, a city that has REALLY shocked me in a good way. I’ve had … Read More

Adventure: No Name Ridge x 2

This is a 7.4 mile out and back, or down and back, or up and down and back. We only did a portion but what we were greeted with was MAYBE the best SoCal sky I’ve seen. We’ve had four … Read More

Read: Braving It

Books like Braving It are like candy to me. You open, start eating and suddenly you are on a serious sugar high. Alaska, father and daughter, epic conditions and the ever changing land and family relationships. I did a five-day … Read More

Adventure: California Training

I’m in big trouble. Real trouble. My brain is again feeling free. For the first time in four years. Not perfect, just free. I tend to change my life dramatically every five years or so, and I can feel another … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Training

I’m a cycling God. You should know this by now. I’m lying. Average at best. Today was fun because I was unprepared. Now, a temperature of 39 might be balmy to you but not to me. I had no gloves … Read More