Sole Survivor

During our recent trek across Nevada, we were fortunate to stumble upon an elusive Nevada Shoe tree (genus: Pinus Adidas). This rare species is characterized by clusters of hanging fruit measuring roughly one foot long. Their rubbery texture makes them inedible (some say the flavor is reminiscent of sole), but the fibrous laces are often … Continue reading Sole Survivor

Meet Your Next Reality TV Star…

...me! Or at least I could be, based on the email I received this morning. Hey Mark! Bray Entertainment, the Co-Creators of Pawn Stars, is casting and developing a new documentary TV series about the real life Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Vacation Movies. We are looking for an entertaining and charismatic dad, like you, who is always … Continue reading Meet Your Next Reality TV Star…

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Want to see a grown man cry? Show him a hot shower after he's gone two and a half days without. When there are 54 hours worth of whiskers on his unshaven face and every stitch of his clothes smells like a campfire. Tears of joy, mind you - but tears nonetheless. The good news … Continue reading Drip. Drip. Drip.

Californians and Snow Don’t Mix

Sometimes, life's little detours can land you in unexpected places. And once in a blue moon, a change in plans can save the day. This morning, Tara and I decided to drive up to Mount St. Helens. We'd been to Johnston Ridge last month, but decided to take the longer - and more scenic - … Continue reading Californians and Snow Don’t Mix

Beer, There & Everywhere

I'll never forget the first time I ordered myself a beer. I had just turned 21, of course, and the wife and I were celebrating the occasion with dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. This place had the best chicken fajitas I've ever eaten, which offset the strolling mariachi players. Sounds tacky, but it was … Continue reading Beer, There & Everywhere

Getting My Griswold On – Day 1: Spokane, WA

Miles traveled today: 375.3 Total miles traveled: 375.3 Entry # 1 in the chronicle of my twelve-day trek across a good portion of America kicks off in an air-conditioned Howard Johnson's Inn in Spokane, Washington. It's late but I'm pretty wired, having just finished dinner (a roast beef sub from a local sandwich shop called … Continue reading Getting My Griswold On – Day 1: Spokane, WA

Dude, Where’s My Car?

There's a Seinfeld episode called "The Parking Garage" where our intrepid foursome vainly search for Kramer's car in a parking garage, but can't remember where he parked it. Kramer is lugging around a heavy air conditioner, Elaine has a bag of goldfish that will die soon, George has to meet his parents by 6:15 to … Continue reading Dude, Where’s My Car?