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Fixing a Hole: Touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

August 23, 2013

My poor wife. She was lacking something.  She was suffering a deficit. She had a hole where her experience of America had been. She had never been to Yellowstone. Worse yet, she had never seen the Grand Tetons or been to a rodeo. It was a tragic thing. Think about it. A geyser had never […]

The Long, Hard Walk: Tramping Westward on the Oregon Trail in Nebraska

July 26, 2013

It was perfectly logical to believe.  After all, the Rhine connected with the Danube via the Main and a short portage, tying together the entire European continent.  The Nile ran for an astonishing 4,000 miles deep into central Africa.  So why wouldn’t the Missouri flow from the Mississippi all the way to the Pacific Ocean? […]

Maniacs Run Amok: Touring the Mass Shooting Sites of Denver, CO

July 12, 2013

On April 20th, 1999 two students entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and started shooting.  One of the students, 18-year-old Eric Harris, had a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and a 9mm carbine with thirteen 10-round magazines.  The other student, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, had a 9mm handgun with one 52-, one 32-, and one 28-round magazine, […]

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 […]

Message in a Black Box: Alien Encounters at Area 51

May 31, 2013

The black mailbox was white.  Or more precisely it was a black mailbox locked inside a white wooden outer box, a mystery locked inside an enigma, a fitting symbol.  Amongst all the graffiti, stenciled in large black letters, was the name Medlin.  He still lived here.  He still collected his mail there at the end […]

Compatible Blend: Visiting the Sonoma Valley in Vintage Company

May 3, 2013

I have quit drinking. After 40 years and thousands of gallons, it’s time to give my liver a break and wash the toxins out of my brain.  Two months into my new sobriety I can’t say I’m feeling sharper mentally, but I’m hoping to be quicker of wit before long.  In the meantime, I am […]

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 […]

Naval Gazing: Pondering the Cost of Defense on the USS Midway in San Diego

April 5, 2013

Believe it or not, the Right and the Left are bickering.  But this time around it’s a good thing because they’re not arguing about whether or not to cut the US federal budget but where to cut it.  Which means most Americans have woken up and smelled the coffee.  We’ve got a problem and it’s […]

Surrendering to the Void: Stargazing at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona

March 22, 2013

Here’s what I learned from the media on February 18th:  Justin Bieber is acting strangely.  He wore a gas mask in public for no apparent reason and stormed out of his own birthday party. Here’s what I learned at Kitt Peak Observatory on Saturday: Early in the afternoon of Friday, Feb 15th an asteroid measuring […]

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Aiming for Authenticity in the Hill Country

March 8, 2013

Above all things I value authenticity in travel.  Cruise ships, all-inclusive resorts, and gated communities hold little appeal for me because they strive to keep the traveler comfortably separated from the people and culture he is in.  I like to feel I am in among the people, experiencing how they live. This is always most […]