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: The Art of Being Cold

Mount Rogers, Virginia: The Art of Being Cold

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. The trail itself was hidden by a foot of fresh snow. Adrenaline pushed us forward, desperately...
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 in Seattle a morsel of justice. But then again, I’ve got to write something about the experience. Also, it’s saddening to know that most...
Mount Rainier: Hiking to Camp Muir

Mount Rainier: Hiking to Camp Muir

The soundtrack for our breakfast was the booming of distant rock slides and avalanches. We were standing on Mount Rainier, hiking to Camp Muir atop the mighty mountain. The avalanches couldn’t be seen, but they were certainly felt. We heard the first earlier that...

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...

Chasing the American Dream Across the South

Hunter S. Thompson went across the desert while on his infamous quest to find the American Dream. He didn’t seem to find it. And while the Mazda 6 I hired wasn’t exactly a Caddy convertible with a trunk full of drugs, I did get better gas mileage and...