No destination, just curiosity

When our son was younger we used to have adventure weekends. Or adventure days. We'd get up early and pack up the Land Rover with lots of food and tasty treats, and head out. All three of our dogs have learned that Land Rover times are the best times, and the moment the car door …

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A reflection on 50 years

When the Prince song 1999 came out in 1982, my friends and I loved dancing to it. I was a huge American Bandstand fan, and the moment when he appeared with Dick Clark, I loved all things Prince. Still do. But that song has always haunted me. Because after all the dancing, my most distinct …

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You can’t boss mud: What is wilderness?

Sometimes I see those photos of people getting out of their cars to photograph bears. Or I hear about people feeding the coyotes and talking about them like they are domestic dogs. I've known many people who made the move to the country. My own move to the countryside was less deliberate, more of an …

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Learning to Fly, and We Both Have Wings

I used to have this reoccurring dream that I was on the edge of a steep cliff walking and walking. There were cars zipping by me. I had terrible anxiety that I was going to fall off the cliff at any moment, and I could not see a single thing off of the edge. I …

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The Real Distance of a Mile*

A few years ago I decided to learn to run. I was needing more aerobic exercise and I was tired of paying for a gym membership to do an elliptical (which I almost never used). I have always been scared of running, for a couple of reasons. One, at a certain point (like 2 minutes …

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Long Walks on the Beach to Nowhere

Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico A few weeks ago I read this story on the brain benefits of being at the beach. It said that barefeet in the sand makes a person more grounded. That listening to waves simulates the feeling of being told "don't worry" over and over again. That the smell of …

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