The Last Days of Summer

The end of my second week in Park City, Utah was rapidly approaching, and with it the final days of summer, and the end of another multi-week road trip. 2018 was another banner year for wildfires, and a major blaze was burning to the south of me. Fortunately, about an hour to the east, in …

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A Time to Celebrate: My 40 Year HS Reunion

This is a different kind of essay, and a very personal one. It was previously published on our class Facebook page. I’ll be posting about my time at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival soon. This past Saturday [November 10, 2018] was the 40th Reunion of Valencia High School’s Class of ’78. It was …

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Relationships Are More Important Than Adventure

Longtime readers of this blog may recognize the name, Maria Schur.  I had heard her interviewed on the Sprocket Podcast a couple of years ago, and we exchanged a couple of emails.  In 2017, we met in the Sprocket Podcast studio. Maria continues to be an inspiration, a muse, and a person I admire. Earlier this year, …

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A Small Price To Pay

While planning/replanning the second part of my road trip, I was determined not to let one unfortunate event define the entire summer’s adventure. On the drive home I found myself more grateful for Kiah (Eddie Bauer), Jimmie (Action Auto Glass), the staff of Next Adventure, Judy & Ken, Nayerah (Eddie Bauer), Jo, and Karen (Columbia …

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Make Your Own GORP

GORP, more commonly called ‘trail mix,’ is a staple of backcountry enthusiasts everywhere. I love the stuff. I used to buy four-pound bags of Kirkland brand Trail Mix at Costco. “Used to” is the key phrase. But first, a little history of GORP. What does GORP stand for? According to Wiktionary (remember: the internet is …

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