The Baja Diaries: Day 3&4….in the cactus jungle again…

The winds calmed to a pleasant breeze, a welcome reprieve from the constant northern gale.  A sliver of a moon hung above our camp.  It was as if the man on the moon lounged on the crescent and smiled down our spot in the cactus jungle.  Cinnamon stick tea simmered over the small fire while on the side a bunch of mesquite burned to make coals.  Corn tortillas … more


Right To Play Liberia: Clara Town

I had no idea I had a namesake town in Liberia.  Well, to be honest, Clara Town has nothing to do with me.  Apparently it’s named after a woman named Mrs. Clara who was a good woman and did a lot for her community.  That’s all I could get out of the locals we met yesterday afternoon.  I’m working on living up to the ideals of Mrs. Clara.  … more


Right To Play Liberia: The Sweet Joy of Play

It seemed almost an accident that I found myself high in the air en route to Liberia.  It’s rare I dread getting on flights like yesterday.  Only 36 hours before I had landed in Florida from California.  Ended up in tourist hell after a week of bike touring heaven.  After 3 hours to New York, seven hours to Paris, Seven plus hours to Guinea and then the last … more


The Baja Diaries: Basic Human Kindness in La Baja: Part 2

Day two of a tour is never as exciting as the first.  This one was an exception.  As good as it felt to sleep under the tarp shelter on the desert floor, man was it hard to get up.  It was just before 8am when we finally got out of the sleeping bags.  Good thing we had no schedule.  With no fitness on the bike we had to … more


The Baja Diaries…Que la vaya bien en Baja California Sur, Mexico: Day 1, Cabo Del Este to the Arroyo Camp

There’s something about the bicycle.  It’s like a magnet to humanity.  Specifically, the touring bike.  The bigger the load on the paniers the greater the curiosity invoked.  At least that’s how it seemed each time we’ve set out on a tour.  The first day of our Baja bike tour was no exception.  Sitting in front of a burning lot of dried cholla cactus that made up our first … more


The Letting Go

I’m beginning to understand the market for all-inclusive vacations.  The concept of everything being set-up for the vacationer is enticing each time Peter and I set out for an adventure.  At least it is for me.  Just why it takes so long each and every time we go into the back country frustrates and baffles me like clockwork.  Which is why I wax positive with this idea of … more



Twenty steps in and the trip was already worth the four hour drive from home.  That’s all it took.  Peter looked back and said these very words to me with a huge smile on his face.  Considering we came from our backcountry backyard in the Wasatch Mountains, far away from a neighbor let alone a booming metropolis, this was quite a statement.   Just where were we?  Canyonlands … more


John Muir Trail Take Two: Part Eight

Back in civilization, we found ourselves in Lone Pine, California with our good friends Jeff and Cheryl.  My left leg felt gimp.  The shin was blown up like a balloon.  The inflammation made my toes look like stubs sticking out of my foot.  Still, it feels good to sit in a kitchen and catch up with friends.  Good to munch on chips, guacamole and salsa washed down with … more


John Muir Trail Take Two; Part Seven

6:01 am start.  Again, no breakfast.  Just coffee and hot chocolate in our little cook nook.  Our kitchen in the outdoors within the little space between the pine trees and the rocks near our camp that is protected from the wind.  We rose at 4:40am and moved fast though exhaustion had set in.   Peter even suggested staying in the sleeping bags for our hot chocolate.  I suggest … more


John Muir Trail Take Two: Part Six

People seemed amused by Peter’s lumbar pack/lightweight day pack combination.  The day before, it was a group of guys setting up camp above Palisade Lakes.  I was ahead and when Peter passed the group minutes later, there was the usual ‘hey, nice fanny pack, are you out for a day hike?’   Peter stopped to explain the AC joint injury and said to them ‘Did you see a … more

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