This ‘Now’ Page was last updated on October 22, 2022.
The purpose of this ‘NOW’ page is to provide insight into my vision for Adventure-to-Adventure, where it’s headed, what to expect in the future, and what’s happening on a personal level (see below) since this directly impacts the content of this site. (For more information on ‘Now’ Pages, check out the following site: http://nownownow.com/about)
My Focus For Adventure-to-Adventure Is:
– Writing articles to inspire people to get outside
– Providing information other people can use to plan their own adventures
– Penning features people enjoy reading.
My Article Focus Is:
– Trip reports, with links and details, to allow people to put together their own outings
– Writing about adventure (people, places, activities, etc.)
– The occasional gear review highlighting what I’m using and why I like it (or not)
– Book reviews (I’m an unapologetic bibliophile)
– Upcoming outings.
Upcoming Plans For This Site: I plan to set up an email subscriber system in 2023. When this happens, you will see notes on the website, in articles, and on the Adventure-to-Adventure Facebook page, giving you the option to receive the latest Adventure-to-Adventure article sent straight to your Inbox. People’s email addresses will not be shared or sold.
I have a lot of books on adventure, nature, climbing, etc., and many of them need a new home, so I’m planning a site book giveaway. More details to follow.
No Politics On This Page. I’m distrustful of both parties and disgusted with the level of unthinking partisanship. Civil political discourse is difficult, even among friends, when people don’t understand their own confirmation bias and, worse, don’t understand what confirmation bias means. I have much better things to do with my remaining time on this earth than to descend into that quagmire. However, something I write about the environment, access, oversight, etc., may seem “political” even if that was not my intent. (Read next paragraph.)
On Writing. Thomas Paine wrote, “He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” It is not my intent to offend, but it seems almost impossible to say or do anything that someone won’t take issue with or misinterpret, and I will not compromise who I am or what I believe in my writing. (That’s just one reason I don’t have an active Twitter account.)
Stephen King provided this advice for writers: “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
Why So Few Articles Lately? I’ve been remiss in writing new articles due to a combination of health issues and focusing most of my time and energy on the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, of which I am the Board President. It took a lot of time and effort to bring the festival back after canceling the past two summer festivals due to COVID. Thankfully, the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar has a fantastic Executive Director and a vibrant Board of Directors, and the June 2022 Festival was a success. We are in the midst of preparing for the 2023 Bach Festival.
Trip Plans: I just returned from the Grand Canyon. (See “A Grand Failure (?)“) My doctor told me no hiking or running for six weeks to allow my ankle to heal. Thankfully, I can still do some limited exploration of the Oceano Dunes next month. In preparation for the Oceano trip, we will visit the Wildling Museum in Solvang to view one of their exhibits: Dunes: Visions of Sand, Light & Shadow. Also, in November, I’m taking a Field Sketching course in Joshua Tree, sponsored by the Desert Institute.
After my ankle heals, my winter and spring plans include backpacking the California Riding and Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree, backpacking the Trans-Catalina Trail, the Born To Run Ultra Marathon Extravaganza in Los Olivos, a trip to Scottsdale and Sedona, completing the Coast to Crest Challenge, and another trip to the Grand Canyon to try Rim-to-Rim in a Day.
I still hope to lead public trips in the future, but I need to renew my Wilderness First Aid before I can do this.
On The Topic Of ‘FREE’: Adventure-to-Adventure is a free site and not connected to any affiliate marketing program. This means I don’t receive any compensation from links that appear in the articles; that includes the gear reviews. All the costs accrued with this site, of which there are a few, are covered by me.
Social Media: I plan to spend less time on Instagram and Facebook and none on Twitter. Why? Here are a couple of great articles on social media: You Are Being Remotely Controlled, and You Are the Object of a Secret Extraction Operation. Also, any time spent on social media, watching TV, etc., is time that could be better spent reading, writing, exercising, and hanging out with friends and family. (Though I make an exception for soccer, especially in a World Cup Year.)
These are the important items. Stay tuned for updates.