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Mack taking a nap

A friend of mine shared a video with me recently, which is funny and touching and inspiring. This guy, Isaac, had been in a terrible skydiving accident and was not expected to walk again. In the video he hikes and scrambles to the top of a volcano, despite not having quads or sensation in his left leg. One of my favorite parts of the video shows him driving a motorcycle, “A real motorcycle, not a dumbass little scooter.” To shift

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Clouds make the day!

Clouds make the day

My dad and I are big fans of clouds. Recently he wrote to me, “Clouds make the day.” Hell yes, they do! Watching clouds and describing their shape-shifting journey is one of my favorite past-times. A rocket ship turns into a slam-dunking basketball player turns into a cinnamon roll, and so on. Every now and then I think it would be nice to be able to identify the different types of clouds (I am fairly confident I can identify a

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Fishing and Floating the John Day River

I’ve never had any interest in fly fishing for carp, but when you float down a slow, lazy river in the baking heat on a stand up paddle board for a few days, the idea starts to seem like a good one. They swim in the murkiest, calmest, warmest pockets of water on the John Day, cruising below my SUP with the confidence of small sharks. We were fishing for small-mouthed bass. I was fishing poppers, the most adorable fishing

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Yo! It’s science!

Many years ago, on my first mountain biking trip to Moab, I was standing on the top of a crazy steep rock face, dotted with paint that clearly indicated the trail. It looked vertical, how could I ride a bike down that? “Basic physics,” is what my friends said. Okay, fine. I never took physics, but it sounded reasonable. And, after looking at it a while, down I rolled. Fast, fun and eye-opening. Science meets an open mind. I was

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Getting Remote In South East Oregon

Steens Mountains

Spring break, a week to seek out sunshine in the desert or at the beach! We decided to risk it and head west and north to see what we could see. Driving across Nevada often feels like looping deja vu. Up a mountain pass, down a mountain pass, across a valley and repeat. Typically there are clear skies, sagebrush as far as you can see, semi trucks, mini vans, the occasional highway patrol. Last week we drove west through wind, snow,

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