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….

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…