Blog-o-Rama

Part Three: Your Dog Knows the Answer

  • June 11, 2017
Part Three: Your Dog Knows the Answer

I would never look at either of my dogs and think “brilliant.” Traveling with them is challenging because they demand to be entertained. Constantly. I move or steal a glance in their direction and they pounce. It’s as if they’re saying “show me the money.” Only their money is me providing them non-stop diversion for their exceedingly short attention spans. That includes allowing them to consume any and everything they can vacuum into their pie holes. Sticks, rocks, old scraps of paper, dirty diapers (yes, one of them tried), even the cover off tennis balls. They are not smart. But...

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Part Two: A Life Fully Lived

  • May 30, 2017
Part Two: A Life Fully Lived

Note: This is the second in a three part series that may end up being something I write about regularly because I want to. And because it's part of the journey I've found myself on over the last year or so. Hopefully you find it informative ... at least a little. Please also note that I in no way am trying to exploit this damn awful tragedy. Rather, I'm trying to highlight how a person lives the life they want and how being critical of others often puts you in the wrong. I did not know Steve Tilford. Nonetheless, it hurt when he died in early April. I'd seen him plenty of times as I'd been...

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I Do This for Me

  • May 28, 2017
I Do This for Me

I’ve spent a lifetime worried about what others thought. This came crashing home again when it was suggested that what I really want is attention. Um, yes. Sort of. I mean we all do, right, that's why Facebook is so huge isn't it? I like to be liked. But I also am working on developing some business whereby I get to produce content. The theory goes something like this: Others need to see what you do before they’ll hire you to do it for them. Also, I like it. I’ve often confronted this in my life. In fact, some people seem genuinely offended that we actually quit good jobs to go on the road...

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Turns Out, Life Isn’t a Beach After All

  • April 22, 2017
Turns Out, Life Isn’t a Beach After All

Beach life ain’t for me. Maybe I’m one of the few out there but after two weeks on the Gulf, I’m ready to skedaddle. Thing is, it’s really beautiful, especially in the morning as the light starts breaking over the horizon and catching the tops of the waves so they sparkle like little flashbulbs popping across the surf. The beach, too, especially here in Destin, is white like flour. Bring some emerald water washing ashore and, well, it’s simply astonishing. It looks unreal when you first see it. And let’s not forget the sound of waves rolling in. For me there is nothing,...

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The Desert’s Call

  • February 6, 2017
The Desert’s Call

I recall my first time seeing the desert Southwest. It struck me as barren, wasted, absent of the life-affirming vegetation I had grown accustomed to back in the Midwest. Rural Missouri was rich with growth. Walnut and dogwood dotted the hillsides, as did cottonwood, hickory and oak. Grasslands – where the canopy gave way to the sky – reached high above our sunburned faces come July. And the cornfields spread like an emerald blanket to the horizon for mile after mile. Of course this shaped my lackluster response to the desert. How could it not. But over the years I’ve found myself back...

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Big Red Says: Take Me Back to Terlingua

  • January 24, 2017
Big Red Says: Take Me Back to Terlingua

A few years back our neighbors packed up an Airstream and hit the road for eight months with two kids and a handful of pets. Once they returned we asked what their favorites places were. Without hesitation, we were told that Big Bend National Park and northern California were tops. Even if you haven't been there, it’s easy to understand northern California. The incredible, historic Redwoods, the spectacular coastline and, well, the wine. But Big Bend? Show of hands here. How many of you know where that even is? Let me tell you that it way down yander in Texas. Heck, it’s like a whole...

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New Year’s Revolution

  • January 7, 2017
New Year’s Revolution

It’s obvious by now that we didn’t send you a Christmas card. There’s no New Year’s card either. I know, we suck. Instead, we want to send everyone some good vibes. And share some of the things that have been top of mind for us these days. One day this will all be over Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. Over the last few years we've lost folks and a few of them were way too young. I guess the lesson is that you just never know when your time is up. That’s why we all should live now. And live large.   So to New Year’s resolutions, I say pashaw. Instead...

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2016: The Year in Images

  • December 30, 2016
2016: The Year in Images

Everyone is doing it. And by it we mean sharing top 10 lists, best and worst, greatest movies, songs, upsets, big wins, etc. So now it's our turn because, well, what else is there at this time of year beyond eating and drinking too much, getting stressed out about everything, and complaining about the cold, wet weather? We could go on and on but we’ll just let these images speak a thousand or so words. But just in case … we included captions because, you know, words. Hope you like.                                                         Happy,...

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Confessions of an RV Newbie: 7 Things I’ve Learned Since Going Full Time

  • October 22, 2016
Confessions of an RV Newbie: 7 Things I’ve Learned Since Going Full Time

I have to be honest. This was never my dream and I’m not sure I’m really in love with it. Don’t get me wrong, it has been good and a true learning experience. I’ve gotten to ride my bike in so many cool places, I’ve met so many awesome people, and seen some truly beautiful things. I’ve also got to spend more time with the single most important person in the world. Truth is, though, it hasn’t been easy.   For those of you thinking about this as a possibility, here’s some of my thoughts on what to expect and how to deal with the unexpected: One Try before...

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Moments That Take Your Breath Away

  • October 8, 2016
Moments That Take Your Breath Away

I’ve had a few in my life. Tuesday’s was one that stopped me dead in my tracks and left me standing there with my mouth hinged wide open. Mouth breather indeed. More on that later (you notice how I like to do that, right?). Let’s talk for a moment about how I got there because it matters. For 30 years I’ve been riding mountain bikes. A lot for the physical challenge, for the beautiful struggle that epic rides bring to you. And for what they bring out of you. Mountain biking has been one of the most important things in my life for a lot of reasons. One of those being that it literally...

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