Ode to my first vacation in 12 years


Exploration, Outdoors, Travel

Sure, I’ve had time off from work. Of course, nowadays companies (notably, the ones I’ve worked for) conflate “sick time” with “paid time off” without any benefits known as “vacation time”, which means I’ve easily been able to burn through all of my available time off in various ways. One year there was the funeral […]

August 1, 2019

Insert Clever Running Title Here


Outdoors, Running

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham Sure, I enjoy tennis, walking, hiking, swimming and as recently as two years ago, during my last adventure in mid-life-crisis-ing, roller derby. However, none of those activities involved running. Roller derby may have come close, endurance-wise […]

November 4, 2018

La Lena Wilderness Study Area Hike


Exploration, Outdoors

This hike was a fairly daunting open-desert hike, even for fall. Despite that, the panoramic views, looking across Chico Arroyo, Lagunita Canyon in Emperado Wilderness Study Area, and Ignacio Chavez Wilderness Study Area. Throughout the hike, we came across shards of petrified wood that had hardened into stone, majestic rock formations, and other geographical features […]

October 21, 2015