Box Canyon

"We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." C. Bukowski

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Blood, Sweat and Tears of Joy: A Dazzling Interplay Of Light and Shadow, Clouds and Color,

With due respect for a forecast that called for afternoon thunderstorms, and considering our "Jello" plan for a lengthy hike above timberline traversing the Dragon's Back's long, exposed ridge line—we were half asleep at the wheel well before old Sol shed light on Lovely Ouray.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Self Flagellation: Leon Tackles Silverton's Revered Alpine Mountain Marathon

"If we go all in for something, we...question our self worth. But "failure" is a pathway, not a problem...a pathway to self growth."  Megan Janssen, Editor of Trail Runner Magazine.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mama Grouse and Chick On The Trail

It's been a cooler-than-normal summer around here, likely due to the "Icebox-Effect" from all the leftover winter snow that still blankets our San Juan Mountains. That cool air settles into Lovely Ouray every night and makes good sleeping weather...the kind where you still need a blanket by midnight or so.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Know When To Fold 'Em

"The most appealing thing about you is that nobody has ever experienced the order of things exactly the way you have... You can't tone down for any audience-real or perceived. That's poison. That diminishes your calling. We simply aren't capable of creating great things with the objective of being appreciated by everyone who witnesses."  "Creative Creatures,"   by Julliet

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Transforming Burning Desires Into Deeds

In a passing, yet poetic reference to mountain tops, climber Jürgen Wellenkamp said,  "...a much more beautiful land where burning desires were translated into deeds." From The White Spider, Heinrich Harrer's classic accounts of first ascents on the Eigers North Face.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Promontory Promise Kept

I pointed the promontory out from Main Street Ouray. "Look, that's the cliff I was on last year that was so amazing. We've got to get up there, you won't believe your eyes looking down. You can see all of Ouray, including our house. "

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Biker Versus Runner: Ouray to Yankee Boy Basin

"Good health, peace of mind, being outdoors, camaraderie: those are all wonderful things that come to you when running. But for me, the real pull of running—the proverbial icing on the cake—has always been racing."  Bill Rodgers

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rockfall and Cow Shit

"Walk, ride, run, paddle away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom."  John Muir

Sunday, June 9, 2019

3,059.3 Feet: A Glorious Mountain Bike Grind Up Camp Bird Mine Road

Ahhhh, the time of year when Spring finally runs out of bewildering Winter surprises. Normally a time to set our sights on exploring Lovely Ouray's surround of High-Country. But these are not "normal" times. In the aftermath of a record-setting 700% above normal snowpack, it'll be a while before we can go off-road without snowshoes. Nevertheless, we haven't been idle...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Story Untold About A Stone Left Unturned

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."  Nietzsche

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

"Another One Bites The Dust"

I had all but put Moab to bed, kissed it goodnight and turned out the light. Then someone sent me this... 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Remembering Mom

I’m staring at a priceless and befitting photograph for a Mother’s Day tribute... gleaned from eight millimeter home movie frames shot by my Spielberg dad, Everett. Mom’s beautiful face and smile fills the lens of Dad’s wind-up Bell and Howell camera, a snapshot slice of Hilda Mable Johnson parading against the backdrop of a ’55 Chevy… both destined to be “classics.”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Land Of Falling Down Rocks

I had hoped to hang around till sometime in early May. But with temperatures occasionally nudging into the mid 80's, I could feel the "noose" tightening around my time in Camp Klondike. Due to work and volunteer commitments, this would be Bobbie's last chance to join me, there, in my ramshackle Rv home-away-from-home. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Buddy Chris Joins In The "Fun" At Camp Klondike

Twin Lazy Daze? Not quite...Chris's L D (foreground) is super clean and spiffy, while Goldie (background), well, let's just say "she's been around."

Sunday, April 21, 2019

"Seek, And You Shall Find:" Reverse Engineering A Loop-Hike From Beyond Tower Arch

Successful or not, "seeking" has never been so much fun. There's no such thing as failure when hiking through dazzling red rock sculptures in a symphony of solitude.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Beyond Tower Arch Part II: Where Outdoor Life Sometimes Slips Through The Cracks...

What a glorious day of route-finding the gaps between colossal sandstone Fins, being humbled by the measure of Marching Men, and slip-navigating a tapering 16 inch crack so constricted I couldn't  draw a full breath. And best of all? We're still headed away from camp in search of the ultimate loop. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Between Hikes...

A detour through the Inside Passage to iron out a couple tricky spots. Zoom Zoom. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Everything I need..."

Something hits me like a shovel
and I am stunned into believing
anything is possible...
suddenly I know
everything I need is waiting for me...
Richard Shelton, Going Back to Bisbee

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Long Wander...just wandering, thinking, existing, and appreciating the luck of his landing

A man said to the universe: 
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe, 
“The fact has not created in me 
A sense of obligation.” 
Stephen Crane

Friday, March 29, 2019

Found Some Ink For My Pen

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."   Sydney J. Harris

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Florida (Floor-eee-da) Saddle: A Casual Desert Walk Turned Mission Improbable

"It’s easy to take walking for granted, to dismiss it when judged against an outdoors life packed with exciting gear like skis and kayaks and bikes. But it is walking, after all, that is the easiest form of escape. Just get up, put one foot in front of the other, and you’re gone."  Adventure Journal

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Another Loop De Loop, This Time With Hans and Lisa

Welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter — and hell spends the summer. A "locals" aphorism.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

After The Storm: "Romancing The Stones"

"She looked out of her window. How blue the sky. The mountain peaks stood up like dark spears. Patches of snow shone in the sunlight, running down to the edge of the vast green belt of forest land…. Arizona! There was no place in the world so full of romance and beauty and natural things that stir the soul."   ~Zane Grey, The Water Hole, 1928

Saturday, February 23, 2019

When Old Man Winter Deals You Lemons, Make Lemonade Slushies

So it snows on our "parade." Boo Hoo. But it doesn't do a damn bit a good to throw a fit and whine. I mean gee, Mark, try to save your energy for bigger battles, you know, the life and death ones.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wasson Peak

This year the Jet Stream has been horseshoeing deep into Old Mexico. Storm after storm, followed by cold front after cold front; it's wreaking havoc with our limited winter wardrobe. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

How to evade disappointment

I have yet to repair our two flat front tires, so we hike. Whatever...doesn't matter. Ever notice that people who hold the lowest expectations are generally the most highly satisfied in life?

Friday, February 15, 2019

"If it wasn't for bad luck, ya'll, I wouldn't have no luck at all"

“It is important to emphasize that this is science, not ancient skill that we are all born to practice. This innate "sense" has been largely forgotten...because modern lifestyles demand we engage in mostly logical, deductive thinking, rather than using our intuition. Our ability to extract meaning from interrelated phenomena such as bird behavior, wind direction, plant growth, and sunlight has atrophied." “The Nature Instinct: Relearning Our Lost Intuition for the Inner Workings of the Natural World,’’ by Tristan Gooley.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Well Bouldered Sonoran Desert Hike Through Catalina's Snowcapped Mountain Foothills

We are comfortably boondocked next to an old corral in the well-bouldered foothills of the Catalina Mountains. A mere stone's-throw from camp, the 50 Year Trail meanders by. It leads to dozens more trails that twist and wind through pristine Sonoran desert. Stately saguaros salute with arms pointing every which way as we explore the upward reaches of some of the most captivating country imaginable... 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

"Into this world we're thrown..."

According to Craig Childs research in his latest book, "Atlas Of A Lost World," people were migrating to North America before they even knew it existed. Why?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Group Bike Ride To Granite Mountain: Poppies!

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."  Hans Christian Andersen

Monday, February 4, 2019

Obscure 125 Year Old Desert Resort Springs To Life Again

I'm guessing it's been twenty-some years since Bobbie and I explored an obscure and rugged backroad to take a peek at the century old Castle Hot Springs. We found it pretty much in ruin back then, but my oh my, from fire and ash rises a new "Phoenix," or at least a new resort destination for well-heeled Phoenicians.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Climbing Vulture

"Fear the vulture, and the vulture will come. Fear nothing, and you are the vulture."

Monday, January 28, 2019

Settling In To A January Groove

It takes only a couple of (slightly boring) hours to drive from Katherine's Landing on Lake Mohave to Lake Havasu State Park...

Friday, January 25, 2019

Off My Chest

Stop the insanity! Please, Lord, assuage my anguish from yet another Patriot Super Bowl appearance...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tragedy Strikes In Senator Beck Basin

Tragedy struck the day after I took this photo of Senator Beck Basin. This is where Bobbie and I, with some reluctance, I might add, drew a line in the snow. Tempting as Senator Beck was, is, and always will be, to take even one more step would be tempting winter's fickle roulette wheel of misfortune.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Blue Skies on Red Mountain

The Weather Guessers had predicted clear skies and strong wind up high. So I buckle under the threat and reluctantly slip Duo-Therm polypro Long Johns on under my usual pair of shorts. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Layered Up in Lovely Ouray

It's not so much the snowstorms that dump feet of White Plague on Lovely Ouray, as it is the deep, penetrating arctic cold that follows in their wake. This morning I was Aqua Velva slapped in the face with a minus 25 degree windchill when I stepped out to shovel a skiff snow from the deck. Hmmm. Might have to pull on some long pants today...