Single Gun Theory: Visiting the Kennedy Assassination Site

June 1, 2012

Single Gun Theory: Visiting the Kennedy Assassination Site

In the parking lot of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, freelance tour guides wrangle tourists onto the grassy knoll and make wild claims about the Kennedy assassination.  “51 people saw two gunmen shoot the president from this spot!” The obvious question.  “And none of them went to the police?” “Some […]

The Peculiar Good Fortune of the Ignorant: Fly Fishing in Colorado

May 18, 2012

The Peculiar Good Fortune of the Ignorant: Fly Fishing in Colorado

Fly Fishing has taught me to respect fish.  In two days of fishing in the mountains outside Denver, Colorado I managed to hook a surprising number of rainbow trout.  Yet during that same time I managed to hook myself no less than nine times and each time it was a delicate, time consuming operation to […]

Walking in the Shoes of Others: Hiking the Bitterroot Mountains

May 4, 2012

Walking in the Shoes of Others: Hiking the Bitterroot Mountains

“Chuff-chuff-chuff,” came the sound. I stopped dead in my tracks and listened. I had been hiking the trail high in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana for well over an hour and seen no other person.  There it was again. “Chuff-chuff-chuff,” like an animal panting. A signboard at the trail head had warned of bears […]

Farm to Table with Flare: Suds and Grub in Seattle, WA

April 20, 2012

Farm to Table with Flare: Suds and Grub in Seattle, WA

Let’s be honest.  I like to eat and drink.  And as I travel around the country looking for interesting places to dine and imbibe, I’m often shocked at how deficient some cities are. Take Little Rock, for example, a pub and grub desert. Or Indianapolis where they just discovered tapas last week. Some cities tout […]

Infamous Potatoes: An Economic Disaster Tale in Boise, ID

April 6, 2012

Infamous Potatoes: An Economic Disaster Tale in Boise, ID

Wandering the streets of Boise, I came across a homeless guy picking through the trash. I was just finishing my lunch, a McDonalds number one value meal, which, if you don’t already know, is a Big Mac, soft drink and fries. Foolishly, I had agreed to super size it, which meant that now I had […]

Into the Vortex: Cognitive Laziness in Gold Hill, OR

March 23, 2012

Into the Vortex: Cognitive Laziness in Gold Hill, OR

Okay, I kid you not. I’ve been to a place where balls roll uphill, broomsticks stand on end, people grow taller just by taking a few steps, and the earth’s magnetic field causes you to sway slowly in a circle as you stand in one place. It’s the Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, Oregon and […]

Vital Circuit: A Tour of Silicon Valley Historic Sites

March 9, 2012

Vital Circuit: A Tour of Silicon Valley Historic Sites

Steve Jobs was a jerk. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a visionary. In fact, Jobs was almost singlehandedly responsible for making computers well designed and user friendly. If it wasn’t for Jobs, the prickly and aggressive founder of Apple, you would still be looking at a command prompt when you boot up and struggling […]

American Oasis: A Perfect Winter’s Day in Palm Springs, CA

February 24, 2012

American Oasis: A Perfect Winter’s Day in Palm Springs, CA

At Windy Point the wind is said to blow so hard that you are advised to wear goggles and a bandana to keep the grit out of your eyes. I was prepared with these accessories but hardly needed them. The day was sunny and still. The dunes piled up against the base of the mountains […]

America’s First War on Terror: Sundown at Ft. Bowie, AZ

February 10, 2012

America’s First War on Terror: Sundown at Ft. Bowie, AZ

When he found the bodies, George Bascom was furious. Didn’t this prove what he had been saying all along, that the Indian chief and his followers were ruthless killers? They had undoubtedly slain the little boy too, which was why they had been refusing to return him. The four bodies were riddled with lance holes. […]

Psycho Path: Slipping Over the Edge at Taos Ski Valley

January 27, 2012

Psycho Path: Slipping Over the Edge at Taos Ski Valley

Some warning labels are ridiculous. A warning label on a chainsaw says: Do not attempt to stop chain with hands. A warning label on a wheelbarrow says: Not intended for highway use. A warning label on a mattress says: Do not attempt to swallow. The lengths we go to prevent each other from hurting ourselves […]