West African Surf History

I am honored to have an essay that I wrote 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…

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

Dove of the Mountains

We went for a little walk the other evening, turning left for the first time and “discovering” a new side trail.  Popping back out onto the main area, we enjoyed a favorite rock sculpture, this time with a dove cooing from up top. Continuing on, taking a loop trail that I often bike, we paused…

Travel Tip: Remember the Trees

You’re moving about the globe, going on a trip, or walking your daily routine, making a quick run to the store … If there are trees where you are, remember to stop and admire them. You’ll feel good having done so. Happy Friday!  

Salt Water, Sand, Air, and Sunlight

While looking at life embedded in the rocks, sometimes getting splashed and washed by the ocean … sand and salt water and air and sunlight all coming together, I thought: That’s not a bad life at all. It looks like you’d have some like-minded friends around … The wonders of nature …

Early Spring in the Lagunas

I got up to the Lagunas for an outing, working my around Chico and Red Tail and that nice piece of single track below Wooded Hill, followed by coming back around to go down Gatos.  The mountains are greening.  Soon, the wildflowers up in the mile-high sky will be popping. On around the meadows, I…

Out There in the In-Between

out there in the in-between where pine forest and desert come together in a beautiful dance, we kick up our heels too we know we are fortunate to live in a locale with so much diversity of nature, filled with wonder that gives us much joy and happiness a place to celebrate this life, a…

Walks by the Ocean

A day at the beach was not something that a kid growing up in PA was able to experience on a regular basis.  A week in the summer, a few of them, for a family road trip to the Jersey shore, was set aside to get in some ocean/beach time.  There, I learned to body…

Update: Surly Marge Lite/Nate Tubeless Conversion

More than a year later, and having only added new sealant, the Marges/Nates combo with Clown Shoes rim strip is doing fine.  No flats (knock on wood) and only needing to add air from time to time, it’s been working great for me. Mileage:  dunno.  Guessing somewhere around 500 or so. Where: Anza-Borrego, Black Canyon,…

Crestridge Eco Reserve

Looking for a place to hike while in San Diego?  Check out the Crestridge Ecological Reserve in nearby El Cajon.  Park at the gate at the end of Horsemill Rd and go for a hike, or get on your bike and ride.  See a trail?  Take it.   Horses are welcome too. The reserve is…

Tidepooling: Crab Camouflage

Tidepooling is a lot of fun, no matter the age.  The rocks south of the pier in Ocean Beach can be a good spot for it, a positive vibrations activity to pass an afternoon. I hadn’t before seen so much green on the rocks in this area: I later noticed that a crab had his/her…