Articles

  • Klamath Basin – 6
    The guttural thrum of a diesel engine, muffled by shoreside trees, wafts across Upper Klamath Lake. Though it permeates my present locale, the engine is … Read more
  • Yosemite High Route Slideshow
    The Yosemite High Route is a 94-mile off-trail route through the high country of Yosemite National Park. In the summer of 2020, I set out … Read more
  • Klamath Basin – 5
    Part 5 – Amid Tears and Sorrow The land is black and stinks of ash resin. Against purple skies, a hobbled tree stretches its blackened … Read more
  • Klamath Basin – 4
    An outboard engine spasms to life behind me, a great rattling noise against the serenity of the lake, then disintegrates into a thousand ruffles and … Read more
  • The Klamath Basin – 3
    This is Part 3 of a multi-part series.Read Part 1 here.Read Part 2 here. III. A wall drops away from the side of the trail, … Read more
  • My Top 8 Books of 2020
    This year I read 43 books. Of those, eight books earned a 5-star rating, which I only give if they changed something about the way … Read more
  • The Klamath Basin – 2
    This is part 2 of a multi-part series. Read part 1 here. II. To the south of Tule Lake is Lava Beds National Monument, forty-six … Read more
  • The Klamath Basin
    I. Fog blots the horizon, obscures it even from imagination. The still water of Tule Lake is a reflection so perfect it is invisible, so … Read more
  • The Lost Coast
    In 1936, the engineers constructing California’s Pacific Coast Highway rerouted their plans in Mendocino and Humboldt counties and turned the highway inland. The problem, they … Read more
  • The Hetch Hetchy
    We arrive at the Hetch Hetchy parking lot just after 10am and emerge from the car blinking and stretching under simmering blue skies, then pull … Read more
  • A Year Without Facebook
    Oh my god, I thought. I watched as pedestrians streamed into the crosswalk and across the street. Every one of them stared down at their … Read more
  • Grouse Lake Trail
    Mokelumne Wilderness July 17, 2020
  • Living with ADHD
    “Okay, for this next test, the computer is going to flash letters on the screen.” The neuropsychologist looked me in the eye to make sure … Read more
  • Stanislaus National Forest
    Baker Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, June 22-28, 2020.
  • Lost in the Sierra Nevada
    We were lost in the Sierra Nevada, and it was my fault. I climbed up to the top of a rock and looked out at … Read more
  • The Wilderness of the Mind
    This morning, I’m contemplating the wilderness of the mind. Wilderness can seem chaotic and dangerous.  In reality, it’s highly organized, it’s just highly organized in a … Read more
  • PCT Interlude
    I’ve just had a week off-trail. During that time I’ve been planning for the next section, running errands, and enjoying the many comforts of non-trail … Read more