I just took my first trip to Asia and it was to Thailand. I knew going into it what a tourist’s and climber’s mecca it is. I knew my greatest challenge would be finding authenticity, the places the tourists hadn’t already overrun and avoid the...

Driving through Los Piccachos, a mountain range that is home to the volcano Palo Huerfano, I found myself pondering the pyramids I was about to see and reminding myself that they were made without the aid of beasts of burden, without machines, or even metal...

It’s funny how time and space changes. This is exactly what I was thinking when Eddie told me it would only take us two days to get back. “But it took us a month to get here.” “Thank god it won’t take that long to get...

There’s nothing better to wake up to than the organic goodness at Sandborne’s. I had a spinach, mushroom, and jack cheese stuffed biscuit. Portland is great for that – organics and homebrew around every corner. “Same as Boulder,” Eddie says with a mouthful of corn...

We arrived in Portland just before sunset, just in time to enjoy a few glasses of wine with my step-brother before the light disappeared from the sky. It was Voigner, a delicious white (which is a rare find because I never drink white.) We parboiled...

I woke to tapping, only this time it was rain on the tent. Eddie’d been up since 6:30 scribbling in his journal while I slept. We camped the night before next to a creek in Mineral Springs, Washington. After we’d set up camp I made...

I’ll always pick country over city, nature over civilization, and plants and animals over people. It’s not that I’m not a people person. I am. I love a good party and have some fantastic friends. But I think in a lot of ways humans missed...

When we arrived in Idaho, we gained an hour. I met Eddie’s friend Schuck and he ran errands for three hours (with us captive) in his large Ford truck. All I wanted was a damn shower after camping in the Jewel Basin for three days....