I never get to axe anything at home in Texas. So, when I booked my trip to Alaska I scoured the internet looking for a way to fit in some ice climbing. Everything I saw was too long or too advanced. Part of my time in Alaska, I toured with REI adventures. I was with… [Continue Reading...]

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Years ago, I was sitting in a Boston bar when somebody said the word ‘chaps.’ The men all said in unison, “Oooh, chaps.” There was nothing sexier to these city folk than a woman in chaps. So, when my Ecuadorean horseback guide informed us we would need to wear chaps, I thought, “Oooh chaps, my city friends would… [Continue Reading...]

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Day 37: Ludington, MI to Mount Pleasant, MI (113 miles) This was our eighth and final century. I’d like to pretend that I am so hard core that I am sad that this is our last one. But I am thrilled. A hundred miles is a long way to bike. While I am glad I can check… [Continue Reading...]

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Spanish Bullfighting Killed My Hopes of Being as Cultured as Hemingway

A few years ago, I bought my mom bullfighting tickets for her birthday on a trip to Spain. I had read, “The Sun Also Rises” and thought it would be a great cultural experience. Hemingway made a bullfight sound like a dance that only a sophisticated intellectual could understand. Hemingway was good at that kind of crap. Surely, I was enlightened […]

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Hooch S’mores: A Recipe Straight Out of the Alaskan Wilderness

This is the only recipe I will ever share. I don’t cook and I don’t care to learn how. I can make Hooch S’mores which are very versatile in that you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They make great snacks as well! I learned to make them camping in the Alaskan wilderness. The […]

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How Horseback Riding in Ecuador Almost Made Me Really Sexy

Years ago, I was sitting in a Boston bar when somebody said the word ‘chaps.’ The men all said in unison, “Oooh, chaps.” There was nothing sexier to these city folk than a woman in chaps. So, when my Ecuadorean horseback guide informed us we would need to wear chaps, I thought, “Oooh chaps, my city friends would […]

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Alaskan Ice Climbing: Risking My Life for a Photo Op

I never get to axe anything at home in Texas. So, when I booked my trip to Alaska I scoured the internet looking for a way to fit in some ice climbing. Everything I saw was too long or too advanced. Part of my time in Alaska, I toured with REI adventures. I was with […]

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My Next Marathon Goal: Drink Beer while Running

Before my first marathon, my childhood friend, Sarah, gave me some advice: ‘Don’t miss the beer stops!’ Beer stops? I had read ever bit I could on marathon running and never saw one mention of beer stops. Even though I worried endlessly that my long run pace wouldn’t really be any slower and that 20 […]

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Gary Busey Gave My Brother Vital Marital Advice

Months before my little brother’s wedding, I shopped wedding venues with him and his future wife, Melissa. One weekday afternoon, we had an appointment at the Driskill Hotel. We decided to arrive a little early and wander around the hotel to get a feel for the place. We ended up in the bar which was […]

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SXSW Conversations

  Here are two conversations I had with strangers walking down the street today: Conversation #1 happened at the edge of downtown. Stranger:  Excuse me, what street is this? Me: It’s Sabine. Stranger:  Oh, the sign just says “One Way.” Me:  Yes, that’s to direct traffic.  Where are you trying to go? Stranger:  I’m trying […]

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