Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch

/Location Redacted/, QLD – June, 2011 Continued from: Australia Pt. 3 – Great Barrier Reef: Snorkeling and Sea Turtles Continued here: Australia Pt. 5 – James Cook University: Aussie-isms and the Poison Room At the cafeteria that evening, Kaleo was looking for challengers in a game of ping pong to eleven. Loser buys dinner. I mentioned thatContinue reading “Australia Pt. 4 – The Secret Beach: Coconuts and Croc Watch”

Ascending the Indian Staircase: Red River Gorge with Lauren

Red River Gorge, KY: August, 2019 We began by walking down the Sheltowee Trace, a trans-Kentucky trail that starts just north of here and winds its way to the Tennessee border, the little cousin of the Appalachian Trail through the Appalachian state the original one forgot. It was a bumpy and shady single track andContinue reading “Ascending the Indian Staircase: Red River Gorge with Lauren”

Wilderness Something: Red River Gorge with Friends

Red River Gorge, KY: July, 2016 Danny was staring up into the branches of a tree when Lauren and I drove down the skinny lane to the cabin, listening to the familiar popping of gravel on the car’s belly. His girlfriend Veronica was on the balcony looking in the same direction, hand above her eyebrowsContinue reading “Wilderness Something: Red River Gorge with Friends”

South of the Bay: A Layover in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Point Lobos

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA: September, 2019 “In your piece on San Francisco, I’d like to be referred to as ‘the Baron Salvatore Luis IV or else you cannot use my likeness” – My brother Mike, after reading the first two installments in this series. It was checkout time at the hotel and I had a flight toContinue reading “South of the Bay: A Layover in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Point Lobos”

Below Treeline: Spring in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain NP, CO – May, 2017 We entered the National Park during a driving rainstorm after a perfectly clear drive up from Lyons. Longs Peak was shrouded in several layers of gray, after appearing dauntingly above the foothills for most of the trip. Pyramidal with snow covering the top third, Longs Peak looks likeContinue reading “Below Treeline: Spring in Rocky Mountain National Park”

North of the Bay: Redwoods and Sonoma with my Brother

Sonoma County, CA: September, 2019 I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in the northbound lane again, this time by car and with my brother. We had one last full day in the Bay Area and wanted explore the areas north of the city, mostly the coast and redwood forests of Marin and Sonoma Counties butContinue reading “North of the Bay: Redwoods and Sonoma with my Brother”

Celebrating Silence: An Autumn Hike On Mt. Le Conte

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN: October, 2018 –Tennessee is said to have three Grand Divisions, physiocultural regions represented by the three stars on the state flag and on the Titans logo: East – Mountains – Bluegrass Music – Smokies Central – Plateau – Country Music – Nashville West – Delta – Blues Music –Continue reading “Celebrating Silence: An Autumn Hike On Mt. Le Conte”

By Land and By Lake: Hiking and Kayaking the North Woods

Burntside Lake, MN: September, 2016 By Lake (Then): I much prefer kayaking to canoeing.  The latter requires far less teamwork and you can get by as long as you have at least a foggy idea of what you are doing.  Canoeing on the other hand, will test even the most ironclad of relationships.  No matterContinue reading “By Land and By Lake: Hiking and Kayaking the North Woods”

Big Cats, Tiny Home: Lyons, Colorado

Lyons, Colorado: May, 2017 Thirty minutes north of Boulder is Lyons, a small town at the entrance of the Front Range, clutching the winding St. Vrain creek and surrounded by red dirt foothills.  It’s tough to really describe the town but it had a lively enough main street that appeared to straddle the typically robustContinue reading “Big Cats, Tiny Home: Lyons, Colorado”

Front of the Front Range: Hiking in Boulder and Not Running the World’s Most Famous 10K

Boulder, Colorado: May 2017 Mt. Sanitas is one of the easier mountains to summit in the area around Boulder and is so close to the center of the city that the hike more or less began when we walked out the door of the inn away from the bright rising sun.  The neighborhoods sloping towardsContinue reading “Front of the Front Range: Hiking in Boulder and Not Running the World’s Most Famous 10K”