Flippin’ Fone

The screen on my phone with Qwerty keyboard went blank and so I went and got a new one. “Don’t try to sell me a new plan or a smart phone.  I want that flip phone right over there.” Lucky for me, we were able to get my contacts off an even older phone onto…

In the Sea Grasses

  in the sea grasses ebbing and flowing with the current is where peace lives          

Stingray in Low Viz

I went over to La Jolla to snorkel the shores, not seeing any leopard sharks, but I did see the biggest stingray I’ve seen since I began snorkeling there four years ago.  Visibility was 10 feet, at best. Dive down to see some other fish, too:  

Writing Newsletter–Summer Edition

Greetings to all of you following my website/blog.  Below is a newsletter that I sent out to family and friends.  I thought:  Send it out through the website too. Thank you for your support over the years.  I’m going to keep on keepin’ on!  You do the same. ********** Hello, Everyone! In an effort to…

Beatin’ the Heat (?)

We’re amidst a heat wave here in San Diego.  Coastal temps are in the upper 70s/low 80s.  Inland, add 10-15 degrees.   Whew, that’s hot.  (?) On Saturday morning, we arrived to the Lagunas at 8 AM, as did a boat load of other people.  Temperature:  64 degrees.  By the end of the ride around…

Go Here, Go There: Travel and Work … My New Book

I have a new book: Go Here, Go There: Travel and Work From the Introduction: Between the years 2005 and 2012, I traveled and worked for international development projects centering on improved household energy technologies and agricultural techniques, as well as organizational capacity building.  During that time, I had the privilege of working with many…

Can You Find the Frog up on Grave Ridge, Michaux?

I heard him/her rustle the leaves.  A few hops and my eyes locked in, but my cousin didn’t see the little frog.  I snapped a few photos.  Can you see it?  Anyone know if it’s a peeper?  

Mile High in the Laguna Sky

A sunny Saturday morning in the cool air of the Laguna Mountains riding a bike, is what makes me high.  I rode ’em all–Chico, Red Tail, Gatos, the connectors, the top of Noble, and the Meadows.  I needed to burn off some beer calories, so I pedaled hard, adding in some beer miles too–the ones…

West African Surf History

I am honored to have an essay published in The Surfer’s Journal.  It is, without question, and will always be, a major highlight of my writing “career.”  TSJ is renown for its attention to detail, both in “wordsmithing” and photography, and is considered far and wide to be among the most respected outdoor recreation/adventure/lifestyle magazines…

31 Miles of Bucolic Scenery: A PA Road Ride

In PA to visit family, I squeezed in 31 road miles on my nephew’s bike.  South from McSherrystown, down and around the “new” water dam, and back around through the countryside northeast of Littlestown and on over to Irishtown, I had the best seat for taking in some good wholesome scenery. A bunch of photos:

Spring Hiking Blue Blazes off the Appalachian Trail at Michaux

The hike up Tumbling Run to the waterfall was great, likely being somewhere around 15 years or more since I last was there. My cousin hadn’t hiked it before; along the way on the path that hugs the stream he kept saying:  this is a beautiful trail.  No doubt about that.  We climbed barefoot up…

Frog Sex on the Beach at Laurel Lake

Back in PA for family events/reunions, I went hiking with my cousin.  Afterwards, we stopped by Laurel Lake; I wanted to jump in since it’s been five years since my last swim and because it was 90 degrees with humidity.  The water was cold, as expected; I lasted a few minutes. We did not expect…

New Travel Book Coming

I’m pulling together a bunch of writings and photos, making edits, adding new stuff, etc, with the goal of having a new travel book out early summer 2017.  It will include:  Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Paraguay, Panama, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and few other odds and ends from international work/travel over the past 10-15 years. It’s a…

Kite Surfing PB/Old Man’s/Tourmaline

At the top of Pacific Beach, up by Tourmaline/Old Man’s, if the winds are kicking up, the kite surfers are aplenty.  Plop down in the sand, or stand up above on the walkway, and let time slide by while watching the spectacle. I stopped in at Oscar’s for a pulpo taco afterwards.  Sitting there, I…

Stowe Trail, San Diego: Things to Know

I received the call from the Marines to set an appointment to pick up my Stowe Trail permit.  I did so, getting it late last week.  This morning, I rode Stowe Trail from Fanita/Ganley in Santee all the way up through to Goodan Ranch/Sycamore, continuing up to Martha’s and then back through. Things to know:…

It’s Time

I’m fortunate.  As this moment, I have 4 articles in 4 different magazines sitting in newsstands, spaces by the toilet, e-folders on devices, and perhaps a bike shop work bench or two.  They all are related to biking and travel. Up in the Lagunas last Friday, the trees spoke to me: It is time to…

Lost Borders

In the June 2017 issue of Bike Magazine, on newsstands now, is an article I wrote on riding the high Mojave Desert in and around the Trona Pinnacles and Rademacher Hills of Ridgecrest.  I give a nod to how I learned of the area while chasing love 17 years ago, as well as pay homage…

Land of the People of the Corn

mountains rise up, pine covered and down below, in the folds are the valleys where the people have lived for centuries, cultivating corn, cultivating who they are by planting seeds in the soil, an agri-culture that is their identity Go and See It for Yourself in Mexico.

When the Sun Goes Down

It’s the tens of minutes after the sun slips below the water line that the sky puts on its best show.  I like looking at the water, watching it change colors too, as it fades to black.  In there, a lot of the times the surface turns to shades of worn nickels or that of…

Nairobi’s Cycloville

In the current issue of Mountain Flyer Magazine (#52) is an advocacy piece I wrote on Nairobi’s Cycloville, a local effort supported by Bikes Not Bombs.  It’s a cool story, one that makes you feel good!  

Rhabdomyolysis and MTB

Coming out in the next issue of Dirt Rag (#198) is my account (Almost Dead!) of experiencing Rhabdomyolysis while mountain biking.  A lot has been learned since then on my part, and with regard to fat biking, I’m not certain that riding/pushing/carrying a fat bike on those trails was the “culprit,”  as I stated in…

Chicano Park Turns 47 Years Old

Looking for something to do this Saturday?  In the San Diego area?  Go to Chicano Park for the 47th Anniversary of an important place in the history of USA human/labor/migrant/environmental rights.  There will be great food, music, dancing, and of course, the murals.

A New Constant in Life

some mornings, when i first wake up eyes still shut but my mind’s one already open and greeting the day i think of you i can only hope that you are now a constant in my life, indefinitely that we will share many more days together in this realm