drawing of a super moon

Super! Blood! Blue! Moon!

When is the moon not super? I mean… really. A beautiful, glowing rock that appears in our sky in a variety of shapes at different times of day. It affects tides as it orbits the earth, lights up a dark desert night, keeps you company on a road trip, illuminates the trail on a nighttime MTB ride. It is the star of more than one children’s book, and the destination for a cheese vacation in my favorite Wallace & Gromit

Mack taking a nap

Gasoline

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

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

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

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

Steens Mountains

Getting Remote In South East Oregon

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,

The Why

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote How to Adventure. Here are a few reasons why… Stars: If you are far enough away from a city on a moonless night, tucked into a canyon or perched on a mesa, you will not believe how many stars there are. So many, it can be hard to find the few constellations you might know, and space doesn’t look vast and empty at all, but cluttered with tiny dots of light. Time: When

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