Solo Ride Becomes Group Ride

I was going through the final this and that and locking up the car when a truck pulled in behind me at the trail head.   A friend quickly let me that others were on the way, and the next thing I know: a solo outing became a ride with 5 others. Casual pace amidst the…

Hike to Suicide Rock in San Jacinto Wilderness

An out and back day hike from the Deer Springs Trailhead in Idyllwild, Suicide Rock had the feel of being in the Sierra Nevada.  It was a glorious spring day in the mountains, the kind where your feet feel lighter, almost as if the blue sky counters gravity. Lots of people, including PCT through-hikers, were…

Lizardin’ Away the Day

Every now and then, and sometimes with beers waiting in the fridge to be opened, I simply want to lizard away the day.  By that, I mean:  sit and laze in the sun and hope that food comes my way so that I can catch it on the fly, requiring little effort on my part.

The Snow Plant

On a weekend hike in the San Jacinto Mountains, I learned of a plant I had never seen before:  Sarcodes sanguinea.  I’m not going to summarize what I read on a USFS webpage, instead copying/pasting it for you to read here.  Photos that I took are below the web info: “The common name of this plant is…

Laguna Mountain High, San Diego — in 31 Photos

Remember the song: Laguna Mountain High, San Diego ?  Me either, but it kept playing in my head for a little over four hours while riding in San Diego’s east county mountains during prime wildflower season at 5000-6000 feet up in the air.  With grades submitted, I pulled off the Sunrise Highway a little before…

Just So … Damn Beautiful

Every year, the flowers pop back up from underground, but some years the sun shines just so … and it happens to be just as the flowers are right where they are destined to be in their life cycle … and it just so happens to be the time when you are passing through ……

Yucca Road

It’s that time of year here in the far reaches of the Colorado Desert:  yucca flowering season.  The creamy petals set against the beautiful blue sky light the way like beacons.  You can’t get lost when you’re on Yucca Road.

Earth Day Ride 2018

Buried in an electronic pile of papers to read, and waking up and realizing it was Earth Day, I all-of-a-sudden decided that I needed to go for a ride.  Off to Cuyamaca, I went. Going around the “top” in the direction of La Cima, I came upon a horny toad, it being my second-ever sighting…

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…