Three Days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Three Days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

No, it wasn’t a large dog—that was a small black bear on the prowl! I saw the bear, my first in the lower 48, shortly after having crossed the longest tree-based canopy walk in North America (880 feet)1. The day before, I had been surrounded by sharks. Admittedly, the...
Mount Rogers, Virginia: Getting Cold on the Appalachian Trail

Mount Rogers, Virginia: Getting Cold on the Appalachian Trail

No one expected to step out of the Jeep into a full-on blizzard. Sideways snow blew in 45 mph wind, creating a total whiteout—my second mountainous whiteout of 2014 already (Camp Muir on Mount Rainier was the first). The famous Appalachian Trail itself was hidden by a...
Vagabonding in Seattle, Washington

Vagabonding in Seattle, Washington

Even though riddled with danger, communists, monsters, and a dark confession, this entry hardly does my six weeks of vagabonding in Seattle, Washington, justice. But then again, I’ve got to write something about the experience. Unfortunately, it seems, much of what...
Hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier

Hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier

I lost count of the avalanches heard while hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, the highest point you can climb to in Washington State without technical skills. The avalanches couldn’t be seen, but they were certainly felt. We heard the first rumble earlier that...
The Great American West Road Trip

The Great American West Road Trip

American interstates have a way of changing perspective. And scrambling brains. I learned this firsthand during my recent Great American West road trip. Not all, but most American West roads are so utilitarian and straight-as-an-arrow efficient that you start...
Disney World: The American Dream

Disney World: The American Dream

Hunter S. Thompson went across the desert while on his infamous quest to find the American Dream but he didn’t go to Disney World. Maybe he should have. He didn’t seem to find his idea of the American Dream. And while the Mazda 6 I hired wasn’t...