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The Travel Bug

Many westerners travel the world in search of wondrous adventure and new cultural experiences, but quite often get more than what they bargained for… for no less than two or three days. Sure as scheiße, I’m talking about diarrhea. Every world traveler I know has at least one story about that time they had a…




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Surfboard Sit-Start: Soloing Sea Cliffs in Mallorca, Spain

A part of me always wished I’d grown up surfing. Everything about the sport screamed hip people and hot bodies. I’d watch all the tanned surfer babes in bikinis at the beaches of Orange County; their blonde hair flowing in the wind as they rode crystal blue waves to shore, only to dry off on…




That's a Lotta Antlers

Transmission Troubles and Small Town Blues… Wyoming, Part Deux

Just as my drive through Wyoming finally started to get beautiful (stunningly beautiful at dusk along the Wind River), Vanna White II started to show her cranky side. A few miles outside of Riverton, approaching 60 mph on the highway, she just shut off. No acceleration and no power steering. I pulled hard into a right…




New hatchet at work

Buy a Man a Hatchet… Wyoming, Part One

Give a man a bundle of firewood and you keep him warm for the night, but give a man a hatchet… well, you probably know the rest. I was tired of gathering unsustainable pieces of wood and breaking small branches with my knees and feet, so this is my most exciting purchase on the trip…




Wild West Road Trip 2015

Travels with P-Nut

I’m now convinced that my dog’s sole purpose for living is to one day catch a small furry thing. This pursuit is the only thing that possesses her beyond reason. She seems to prefer squirrels and bunnies, though trespassing mice will certainly do. I’m not exactly sure what she’d do if she ever actually catches…




Crystal Peak, CO

Mountains, Music, and Munchies – Oh Colorado!

I don’t think I have to explain how awesome the Colorado Rockies, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Boulder, Denver, and the surrounding areas are, they just are. I saw Book of Mormon at The Ellie. I had a very lovely, somewhat spiritual, experience with Brandi Carlile at Red Rocks, so conveniently located just 10 miles from my…




New Mexico border

New Mexico

It’s amazing how the comments of others will make you feel a certain way about a place before you’ve even been there. I guess that’s why word-of-mouth marketing works (modern day translation: Yelp reviews and Angie’s List). It’s kind of unfortunate that it works on the negative side. Perhaps it makes you avoid things you…




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Kicks on Route 66

I-40 East – This interstate highway goes 2,555 miles all the way from Bartow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina. The inaugural stretch is surrounded by “wilderness areas” better passed at night until after Needles to spark the best imaginative greenery in such an arid environment. As much as I love my home state, I was…