The Walk West continues the story of Peter Jenkins' journey - joined by Barbara Jenkins, the woman he met and married along the way - as they continue west from New Orleans on an epic quest to walk across America. Having reviewed the first book last May, I set out to quickly read and review … Continue reading Book Review: The Walk West (A Walk Across America 2)
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~ Ferris Bueller; from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, screenplay by John Hughes Do what, Ferris? Stop. Look around. Okay, will do! (Or, as my co-workers say ad nauseum, "Copy that," which I guess is preferable to … Continue reading Obey Ferris
Sometimes creeping up to something and taking photos is... I don't know, "Being a good naturalist?" Other times, maybe not so much. Such a fine line! (P.S. By the way, would anyone want to go for a ride in my new car? Can you believe this, I found it abandoned? And with free champagne inside!)
Around 1993 I went to a sale of unclaimed Lost & Found items. I bought two items: an umbrella, and a towel. $1 each. I still own both (I think). That umbrella is... around. Somewhere. I live in LA. Umbrellas are like family in this town: irreplaceable at the right moment; best kept out of … Continue reading The Camping Towel
Here are a few photos from this year that never found the right post in which to make their appearance. Until now. Kinda like Photo Understudies. Late bloomers! Let's let them have their moment in the spotlight before Photogenic Fall arrives, okay?
In my last post, I waxed and waned about camping. I pined for pine forests. You know what they say, right? Be careful what you let me wish for. I might just get it. And then you might have to hear all about it. No, I haven't gone camping... yet. However, there's now a spark … Continue reading Thank You, Camping Genie
I promise, I'm not one of those bacon fanatics. I like bacon -- but usually only bacon. Not "Something + bacon." That said, I absolutely love the double-smoked bacon from Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA. My favorite dish to put it in is a Hungarian dish called, "Beans as in Somogy" from "The Cuisine … Continue reading The Smell of Camping
It's all about finding the calm in the chaos. ~ Donna Karan I love that quote, and aspire to live so intentionally that I find pockets of calm throughout my day like Easter Eggs, although re-reading the quote makes me wonder, "What was Donna talking about before she said 'It's'?" We assume she means life, … Continue reading My Day 2!
I get asked this all the time: "Camp Host Chad, can you please show us how to tell the difference between right trails and wrong trails?" I say, "Sure!" Then I give three examples, on land, sea and air: