Category: Deep Thoughts

The Fractal Geometry of Nature: Cathedral Gorge to St. George

10/12/18 There is a semi-truck rolling along in front of me.  I watch the tall grasses on the side of the road fold over like dominoes in its wake, turning to gold in the sun as they flex forward.  It suddenly occurs to me that we’ve temporarily left the dead of Nevada and are now Read More

Fallon Forward

10/4 – 10/10 We decided not to rush Thursday morning as I was hoping to catch the start of the quick draw competition.  I wandered the fairgrounds to take in the denim jeans, “Don’t tread on me” belt buckles, and country jams.  Old cowboys sat in front of a mirror practicing their stance.  Hips forward, Read More

Yer Nanny Jo’s Pear Butter

10/3 Pyramid Lake to Fernley.  We ride between the lake and brown sandy mountains for a dozen or so miles.  The ground a strange patchwork of black circles where the desert scrub burned in a massive brush fire recently.  As the rain drops, the fresh smell of ash and ozone rises.  We ride through an Read More

Welcome to Nevada

10/1 – 10/2 Ravendale, CA to Pyramid Lake, NV Pee on desert sage brush on a cold morning and the sweet tender scent will tickle your nostrils.  Endless yellow scrub climbs golden mountains.  Rattlesnakes sunning themselves in the road and little scorpions crossing the road. I think of Mexico, and crossing that border and wonder Read More

Washington

8/31 – 9/6 “Two months of traveling and we are back where we started.” Passing the ferry terminal in Bellingham, where we had initially set sale, felt a bit silly. “It’s almost like we’ve accomplished nothing.” We breezed through Washington in about a week.  Vancouver to Larrabee State Park.  Larrabee State Park to Fort Ebey.  Read More

The Great Yukon Lodge

*Note: Some of this probably didn’t happen and this place may or may not actually exist My initial impression of the Great Yukon Lodge was that it was maintained with pride despite being a bit tired.  The elements take their toll on any building here.   Foundations shift, roofs are covered with moss, properties fill with Read More

The Teachings of John Juan

“Ok, you must be Chris.”  He was 30 minutes late, but it didn’t seem to bother him.  “So today we will be doing fish identification.”  Circa 2011 I had ended up working in the Virgin Islands on a government project.  I quit my job in the middle of the design phase and had agreed to Read More

Ferry Part II

I woke up at 3:00  in the morning on Wednesday, June 27th,  to go to the bathroom.  It was still light out.  When you’re this far north, the sun never really sets.  It dips below the horizon, but comes right back up.  At 5:30 the boat’s PA system announced that we would be able to Read More

Setting Sail

After 3 weeks back in Detroit, we’re finally on the move in a way that is starting to seem real.  We flew out at 6:30 Friday morning.  After a not so unexpected late night of burning meat and celebratory beers we made it to the airport with just enough time to stand in the security Read More

And God (Dan Gilbert) said “Let there be cornhole!”

This is literally just a bunch of pictures of various cornhole boards downtown.  I like to imagine Uncle Dan taking a few hours off from being the Leviathan of Detroit to show up at a relative’s house that he doesn’t really like for a 4th of July party.  At said party he notices that all Read More

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