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,...
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. They couldn’t be seen, but they were certainly felt. We heard the first earlier that morning just as the hike began. Strange creakings and rumblings in mountain tongues; warnings...

The Great American West Road Trip

American interstates have a way of changing perspective. And scrambling brains. Not all, but most American West roads are so utilitarian and straight-as-an-arrow efficient that you start appreciating even the smallest of distractions along the way. When the choices...

Chasing the American Dream Across the South

Hunter S. Thompson went on his famous quest to find the American Dream across the desert and in Las Vegas. 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...

The Outer Banks in North Carolina

Rather than beat you down with a chronological account of vacation, I’ll just share some nifty pics and highlights from our recent trip to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The tiny strip of islands off the coast of North Carolina was about what I expected....