Surrounded by Sharks in Thailand

Surrounded by Sharks in Thailand

The first of the sharks appeared around 9 a.m. Or perhaps they had been there all along, circling in the cloudy water around us. Who knows. The safety of the beach, the only dry, horizontal surface for a long distance in any direction, suddenly seemed that much...
Vagabonding 2016 Changed Everything

Vagabonding 2016 Changed Everything

The last of the yeti meat ran out sometime in August. I stumbled out of my Himalayan cave, tangled beard dragging through dirty snow of the same color, to find a sadhu levitating in full lotus position nearby. Actually, not quite. But I’ve received some inquisitive...
A Close Call: Surviving a Blizzard in the Himalayas

A Close Call: Surviving a Blizzard in the Himalayas

It’s been rough and rocky traveling, but I’m finally standing upright on the ground…after taking several readings, I’m surprised to find my mind still fairly sound… – Willie Nelson I faced the white sky as the wind clawed skin from...
Running With the Bulls

Running With the Bulls

Part 1: If you haven’t read it, here’s what happens when waiting to run with the bulls. It was a relief when the police finally released us from the miserable holding pen. As I walked around Dead Man’s Corner to choose my starting place, the visual caused...
San Fermin in Pamplona: Getting Ready to Run

San Fermin in Pamplona: Getting Ready to Run

Whoever said that bulls “enter a ring” had never been inside a ring with a bull. Bulls don’t enter, they explode into the ring in a cloud of thunder, violence, and anger. My clammy hands fumbled my camera at the bullfight with my local friend, Ted, as I silently made...