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Down and Dirty Fun: Mud Bogging at Carolina Adventure World

November 15, 2013

I like to watch the Amazing Race.  It’s one of my favorite shows.  With each new episode the show’s producers must find interesting and compelling new challenges for the race’s contestants, tests of grit and fortitude that have included everything from diving off a 30-foot platform into frigid water to eating a live octopus. I […]

Taking the Plunge: Skydiving with My Daughter in Erda, Utah

June 14, 2013

You would think that jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet would be terrifying but for Belle and I it was more of a relief. The whole experience had not started off well.  The previous day I had gotten a call on my cell phone while we were in the middle of the Nevada […]

Wildflowers in the Snow: Spring Skiing with my Daughter in Lake Tahoe, CA

April 19, 2013

My kid doesn’t pay me lip service.  When it comes to the important stuff, she doesn’t tell me what I want to hear.  She tells me what she actually thinks.  Which is the way I want it. Although, I must admit, from time to time it’s been a little unsettling, like the time she told […]

Red State Reckoning: Playing Paintball in Martinsville, IN

November 16, 2012

When the squadron leader gave the signal, we hurried forward, crouching and firing, making for an overturned cable spool.  Or I should say they were firing, the other guys on my team.  They were plugging away, spraying the field with ordinance, taking no chances.  But I was trying to be as stealthy as possible, moving […]

Greeting the Storm Spirit: Ascending Mt. Washington, NH

September 21, 2012

Here’s a tip for any would-be hikers out there.  Don’t trust the Internet. The trouble is anyone can post anything they want to on the Internet, and if it meets the criteria of Google’s algorithm it can be driven to the top of the search engine rankings, laying in wait there like a coiled snake, […]

First in Flight: Hang Gliding in Kitty Hawk, NC

August 10, 2012

Death from spinal fracture was the final verdict for Otto Lilienthal.  Displaying a heady mixture of audacity and ingenuity, Lilienthal, a German engineer, had developed a heavier than air glider, flown it several times, tweaked its design and was working on a way to power it when the accident occurred.  He fell from 49 feet […]

Duke of Hazards: Risking Life and Limb in Pigeon Forge, TN

July 27, 2012

Sometimes travel can be a bitch.  On my way to Pigeon Forge I got a flat tire, went the wrong way on a one way highway, watched a 16-wheeler overturn in front of me, and witnessed some haz-mat guys spraying down a field that had been ignited by chemicals.  Oh, by the way, I was […]

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

May 18, 2012

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

“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 […]

Psycho Path: Slipping Over the Edge at Taos Ski Valley

January 27, 2012

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 […]