Skinning Deer

Butcher’s Son Did Not See Rural Food Insecurity When I was a kid, grizzled men returned from Penn’s Woods during deer season and the lucky ones Knocked on the back door asking if the shed was Unlocked so they could hang their doe or buck on The meat hooks that hung from the cross beams….

Yosemite’s Spring Water

I was too late for the height of winter, but I got lucky in seeing Yosemite as it was peaking with spring water.  A week after these photos were taken, the park had to shut down a couple of days, as the valley flooded. All that water, along with the warmer temps, made for an…

Outside the Lines

And then they said: You need to get in line. What line? The line. Where is it? Everywhere. Not true. Sure, it is. Nope. Nope? Yep.  

Morteros at Yosemite Falls

A guy on a bike said to others on their bikes:  if you climb up on that boulder over there, there are a bunch of morteros. I climbed up on that boulder. It’s a perfect place to grind acorns, or whatever else, when you have this to look at: Long live Elouise Pepion Cobell and…

Snowshoeing Yosemite

It’s something I’ve wanted to experience for a while–Yosemite in winter–but I was a little too late this time around, my window of opportunity coming in late March.  Nevertheless, I went up high to get in the snow of Yosemite.  Strapped some snowshoes to the boots, and off I went:  

Sedona’s Cathedral Rock Dance

Every time in Sedona, the sky, the light, the rock combine to dance a new step, showing off the wonder and natural beauty that exists there. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!  

Map Miles vs Terrain/Trail Conditions

I came upon a father and son standing in the trail.   Son had a bloodied knee and was holding his wrist.  Father was assessing and trying to encourage son to push on so they could complete the ride they had planned. Son looked woozy. “You hit your head?” “Yes.” “If you continue on your planned…

Sometimes Nothing Makes Sense, So Go to Where it Does

Sometimes the consensus of the group is that the decision made by someone outside of the group simply doesn’t make sense.  To make sense of it all, was not possible, so I did what I needed to do:  I went to where things make sense! Bike, beer, trails.

When in Idaho in Spoke Mag

Out now in New Zealand’s Spoke Magazine, Issue 73, is an article I wrote on riding in Idaho’s Sawtooths, ancestral home of the Tukudeka people.  More to come …  

The Writer’s Hustle

Fortunately, I have a primary source of income.  That, too, is a hustle, but less so than pitching articles/ideas to editors and getting the go-ahead, which might later on, after writing a couple thousand words, turn into:  it’s not the right fit, or … we’re booked pretty solid for the next year with content.  Sure,…

Bird Wings Slapping the Water

I pushed the pause button, taking a moment’s time to observe. Then a few of the birds took off, rising from the water, their feet pattering the watering as their wings gave lift, the tips slapping the water. Some riders went by, missing it, like I’ve done many times before.  

Stop Stopping in the Middle of the Trail

Today there are gobs-full more mountain bikers than there were yesteryear.  I understand what that might mean for advocacy.  Nevertheless, if it means more people on trails pedaling bikes who do NOT understand trail etiquette, then the whole advocacy thing is for naught, in some ways. Three different times yesterday morning while riding Laguna Mountain…

Kernville MTB in Dirt Rag

In the new issue of Dirt Rag (#203) is a trails-guide-of-sorts article I wrote about one of my favorite places in the world:  Kernville.  Back in 2000, while living in Ridgecrest, I learned about the little town tucked in the southern Sierra Nevada along the infamous Kern River that offers world class kayaking, as well…

2 Years Later Update: Marges/Lites Still Tight

Two years later and the Marges/Lites combo with the Clown Shoes rim strip has made, for me, a perfect set of tubeless fun.  I’ve not unseated the beads once, only adding more sealant from time to time. When that Surly 50% off sale happened two years ago, I thought:  why not?  Roll fat out in…

Boulders and Blue Sky

It makes sense why mountain lions are the color they are, doesn’t it? It’s big, endless, wide open and sometimes takes on that impossible blue hue:  dry desert sky.  

Lost Palms Oasis, Joshua Tree National Park

Having been to the north end of Joshua Tree National Park a couple of times, I decided I wanted to enter from the south side and see what’s down there.  Lost Palms Oasis Trail seemed like it would be a good introduction.  It was, providing no disappointments. 3.7 moderate hiking miles long, with vast back…

Speak Truth to Power: African Dreamers

He cannot say what he is saying and not have each and every person opposed to his words not counter them:  in our homes, with our families, friends, at work, on the street, at the bar, hanging out at the park, in the classroom, and on and on. The truth is this:  he speaks hate….

Weathered Maya Face in Tulum, Mexico

Built as a port town for wealthy Maya, Tulum sits on the coast of the Mar Caribe along Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.  A few hours at the site had me again marveling at what the master astronomers did some 600-800 years ago. Despite the 1000s of people there that day, which made it a bit less…

10 Years On and Going Nowhere?

As I ease into the new year, the understanding that Earth and its inhabitants exist in a moment in time looks clearer when viewed from a space where a meteor crashed into our blue ball in a blip of that time, ending the age of dinosaurs. New life evolved and some from that time survived…

Street Tacos at the Bakery and Guava Soda

I saw it late one night more than a year ago, returning home from a live music show at a bar: a taco cart with steam rising up in the bright fluorescent light of a small strip mall parking lot. Not hungry, I kept on driving.  I did not forget about it, though.  A few…

Ice Crystals Fall in the Cuyamacas

Temps were in the low 40s down by the visitor center when I rolled out about 8:30 on patrol.  I was content in the thought of having a winter-like ride, at least for the start. Stonewall Peak was looking good, as always. I chose to ride the full sus carbon bike on this one.  It…