Palo Duro Canyon: A Trail Less Traveled

Can you name the second largest canyon in the United States? If you had asked me two weeks ago, I couldn't have. Just so you know, it's Palo Duro Canyon,  also known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas." If you're from the States (like me) you might be thinking "Where the hell is that?" To …

The Power of Letting Go

One would think that travelers above all others are the world's worst hoarders. There are so many memories packed in to those steps walked, busses taken, classes taught, and people met. You get things out of them. A simple rock from the ground. A piece of paper that is your bus ticket. Gifts from students. …

Here Kitty, Kitty.

Spontaneity. I would call it a fundamental building block in the lives of some people. Certain events snowball, but for those people who are partly (or wholly) fueled by this non-metric element, it's more like a rocket launch. You have an idea. You investigate and/or pursue the idea. Then suddenly you are hundreds of thousands …

The Challenge

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"I am well aware of the hardship I will be facing. I am the first to admit I am remarkably unqualified for such a hazardous undertaking. But this is precisely the point of my journey. I'd like to think an ordinary person is capable of anything." -Robyn Davidson, Tracks I set myself a challenge. I'm …

The Crawl

"Life on planet Earth is a gift. And you only get it for as long as you get it. Then the magic gets blown up." Vapor Meditation by The Liturgists There came a point in my life where, in general I didn't care how I looked. I didn't care how bad my acne was, or …

Kora of the Ozarks

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain Along the holy pilgrimages in Tibet, known as Koras (སྐོར་ར), you will often see little rock piles that mark the path. Every few feet there …