Monthly Archives: June 2011

Road Trip Colorado!

My cousins in Pagosa Springs, Colorado invited me up for 4th of July. They have box seats at the Pagosa Rodeo on Monday, so I’m going to make a weekend out of the drive. My original plan was to leave … Continue reading

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How To Plan A Killer Road Trip! Part 4: Packing!

I am a minimalist. My philosophy when it comes to Stuff is “less is always more”. The less stuff you bring on your road trip the more room you’ll have in the car and the more room you have in … Continue reading

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Fire in the Rock

New Mexico is burning. After several years of drought, the desert is ripe for fire and as of right now there are two big plumes of smoke on my horizons: the Pacheco fire burning in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains … Continue reading

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The Grizz

“Wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders. – E. Abbey Not so long ago, North America was crawling with predators: lions and tigers, leopards and cheetahs, wolves and bears. Then around 40,000 thousand years ago, two-legged hunters arrived … Continue reading

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How To Plan A Killer Road Trip! Part 3: Copilots

If traveling together is the ultimate test of friendship then road tripping is trial by fire. For the majority of the trip you’ll be trapped within two feet of your copilot and if you happen to disagree about when and … Continue reading

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New Mexico Is Burning

This afternoon a new fire started on my horizon, in the Jemez Mountains near Bandelier National Monument. By sunset, I could smell the smoke and see the flames from my place, at least 30 miles southeast of the blaze. As … Continue reading

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How To Plan A Killer Road Trip! Part 2: $$$

People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much. A large part of the answer has to do with the fact that I don’t pay rent, have very few monthly bills, absolutely no debt and, since everything … Continue reading

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My Favorite Mountain

The Pedernal isn’t the highest mountain I’ve climbed – at 9,862 feet it’s nearly 10,000 feet lower – but to date, it is my favorite summit. Before I set out to climb it on my 27th birthday, I had seen … Continue reading

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How To Plan A Killer Road Trip! Part 1

So the great irony to this post is that these days, I spend very little time planning my road trips. After ten cross-country trips and dozens of regional trips, I’m a master. I just grab my keys (and my Adventure … Continue reading

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Rattlesnake Wrangling Update!

Last night I ran to town for groceries and to buy a snake bin: a clear plastic tub with a locking lid. Exquisite timing because today I rescued my first real live wild rattlesnake in my very own yard! Isn’t … Continue reading

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