We visited Houston’s Museum of the Fine Arts on one of our first dates. Lauren the art history study explained the movements, styles, and techniques as I improvised monolog for the vast collection of inquisition paintings. Is there anything more entertaining and wholesome than a good inquisition or witch hunt. Religion as government, crusades, vast illiteracy, plagues, pestilence, famine……Ah the Dark Ages, those were the days.
For those of us who cut our teeth on Indiana Jones, our childhoods were filled with imaginary quicksand and lava pits. Yet as we grew up the perils of trap riddled corridors lends more toward the authentic life threats of navigating a productive 401k, paying a mortgage, and the deadly abyss of dealing with endless opinions!
Interestingly enough the fictional character Indiana Jones was loosely based on a few extraordinary individuals. One such person was Gustaf Nordenskjold a Swiss scholar famed for documenting the first excavations of Mesa Verde. Sadly he didn’t carry a whip, defy death, or fight the Nazis. The Swiss are famous for chocolate, questionable banking practices, and a pocket knife cherished by the likes of MacGyver and boy scouts . However, any student of history knows the Swiss aren’t much for fighting Nazis.
Zion’s angel landing and the narrows are awesome. But in my humble opinion Moab is KING! Dead Horse point, Canyonlands, and of course Arches are easily within reach of this magical town.
Am I the only person who pursues riddles my logical mind knows it can’t solve? Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? Why do bad things happen to good people? Do humming birds sleep? Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?
I just want to make something that could provoke a smile, or start a conversation. But is my story worth telling?
For anyone who’s been injured, you know too well the frustration. With nothing else to do I lay contemplating the last few months living outside of our of Middle-America 9-5 mediocrity.
Do you wonder what’s over the next hill? Motivated by wander lust and exploration you long to find LIFE ANSWERS in Shangri-La, Avalon, El Dorado, Shambhala, Eden, or Neverland? Read more
Three months on the open road, nearly every day had become a life changing experience. So many Ramen noodles, mechanical repairs, Cliff bars, sunrises, sunsets, laughter, and moments of humility. This had become our life, hiking, and photography, endless trails, parks, a seemingly infinite splendor. Read more
Having been warned that Yosemite was a “circus”, “a nature theme park”, and my favorite “The Valley of Crazed Tourist”, We prepared for the National Parks version of the Hunger Games. Read more
Who hasn’t heard of Yosemite Valley? But, for all her fame few know she has a twin brother, Kings Canyon. Yosemite is as American as apple pie, baseball, and Justin Bieber. I do so apologize for the latter. Seriously though, can a self respecting hiker, climber, or outdoor gear junky purchase from a vendor who doesn’t advertise Yosemite adventure? Read more