Autumn’s Slanted Light

What a day it was, autumn’s late afternoon light slanting through the trees and across the meadows.  Who says southern CA doesn’t have seasons?  Pffff … get outside and you’ll see that such a statement isn’t true. I spun out grunting up the little steep trail piece on Red Tail. Pause. What a wonderful invention,…

Winter Sunsets in San Diego

Though it’s technically not winter, this time of year through the winter months in San Diego delivers some great sunsets.  Moody skies with clouds are a welcome sight, for me anyway.  Those clouds make beautiful sunsets. Coffee tastes great, too, under the clouds, as do the stouts and porters.  Bike rides without the blazing sun…

So Much Beauty Out There

I’ve been going solo, of late.   In some ways, it’s the whole “the more things change the more the stay the same” or “it all comes back around” kind of thing that is present tense at this moment in time, for me; I used to pretty much always hike and bike alone. I like it….

Celebrate the Hike-a-Bike

Out now in Issue #11 of Cranked is an essay I wrote on hike-a-biking.  It’s a celebration of sorts, using a monster hike-a-bike that I experienced this past summer in Idaho as inspiration.

Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point Musings

The skies are smoky, prescribed burns needed to manage the forest. For who?   Is there anywhere that is untouched by human activity? “Energy” bar wrapper over there, a “sports” drink bottle the other way. Quite a view, though.   A good thing:  people are talking in hushed tones. The power of natural beauty. So…

Fall Morning in Yosemite Valley

I woke and made a round through the valley in the chill of upper 30s F temperatures.  There was very little traffic, making it easy to see a few sights while sipping coffee in between stops along the way. By now, the temps were in the upper 50s in the valley.  I was on my…

There is Grandeur

I walked on past the topside of Nevada Falls and on to the John Muir Trail.  Looking back, I stopped walking.  I bet it took me 20 minutes to walk what normally would take half that time. I sat down on my hunches, too.

Yosemite’s Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap

I continued on, getting a few views of Nevada Falls along the climb to the top, the switchbacks being an absolute blast if you like strenuous hiking. Autumn was in the air. Above the falls, I was completely taken, so to speak, by Liberty Cap. Head over heels, but with my feet firmly planted on…

A Sit Before Nevada Falls

I sat here and looked around while hydrating before continuing on to Nevada Falls.  Tempted, I did not go for a swim.  Maybe next time, I thought. What is the sound of silence: Water ebbing by. Breeze through the trees. Four tiny feet scurrying across dirt.

Up the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls

The next morning I started up the Mist Trail with the intention of “power hiking” to Vernal Falls and on to Nevada Falls and then back down via the John Muir Trail, making for a nice loop.  Morning air was chilly, in the upper 40s F temps.  For me, that’s ideal weather when hiking up…

Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake

Around me are gobs of people with phones and selfie sticks taking photos, like I am, minus the phone and stick.  The noise of road construction abounds. I walk in the direction of Mirror Lake, which is no longer a lake, really, instead being a bowl of forest succession.  I see fewer humans, hear less…

Cuyamaca Poker Ride and then Yosemite

For 27 years, the Mountain Bike Assistance Unit (MBAU) at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in east county San Diego has raised monies for the park via a Poker Ride, meaning not a race.  The MBAU and this event is one of the oldest/longest running mountain biking organizations/events in the country.  All the money raised during…

Moon Over the Mojave

Really pleased to have my article appear in New Zealand’s premier mountain biking magazine:  Spoke: The Mountain Bikers’ Journal. Out now in that part of the world, Issue 71 has ” Moon Over the Mojave: High Times in the California Desert” inside it.  You can also get an e-version through Zinio.

Tree from a Stone

I marvel at trees growing from rocks.  The chance of a seed finding a place to root itself in such hardness is a provider of the lesson of hope.  Sometimes, for pretty much every person on this planet, hope will be all we have. The seed grows up and into the sky. Sure, most seeds…

Friday Evening in Tecate, Mexico

A few Fridays ago I went to Tecate to pass the evening, thinking before I went:  I wonder what sleepy little Tecate town is like on an ordinary Friday evening? As with nearly all towns around Latin America, go to the central park and you’ll get the pulse.  On this evening, the town was celebrating…

Make Happy …

You never know what you’ll find when you get outside and go for a walk, no matter where you are. Make happy, what you can, of your weekend …

Climbing the Sawtooths

4 days.  4 rides.  Only 67 miles.  14,000 feet of climbing. In Idaho, you climb.  The going is slow. Up Ketchum and Stanley way.

Chihuly’s Blown Glass Art

Dale Chihuly is world-renown for his blown glass art.  We were fortunate to see an exhibit in Catalina featuring his work, including some from his personal collection: Drawing inspiration from the sea, or rather, what’s below it, is obvious. A few pieces to consider as we walked around: As the evening sky lessened in light,…

Sedona’s Vortex in Cranked

Issue 10 of Cranked is on its way to mailboxes around the UK, Europe, North America, and other parts of the globe.  In it, is a playful piece I wrote on mountain biking amidst Sedona’s various vortexes, as they call them there, meaning not vortices.  

Snorkeling Lover’s Cove in Catalina

We took a short trip out to Catalina to celebrate our anniversary, wetsuits and snorkeling gear packed in the bag.  Shortly after checking in at the hotel, we walked over to Lover’s Cove to snorkel. Those boats have glass bottoms and they chum the water so people can see more fish.  It’s a conservation area,…

Incommunicado … en Tijuana

It’s been some time since I’ve been on here.  July was hectic with family visiting town and I had two assignments/road trips for mountain biking magazines. Here are fotografias from a show I saw in Tijuana, featuring Ramon Amezcua, aka Bostich, aka Point Loma.  We got in thanks to a friend who is Bostich’s cousin….