Monday, April 25, 2016

Walk Wherever We Want? Huh...

To their credit, the New York Times just published a thoughtful piece about how Europeans can walk wherever they want in the wild—including private property if they're respectful of it—and why we can't.

It makes me sigh very wistfully.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Nature Is Not a Panacea

Nature in her green tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.
~ John Muir

The wild is not a panacea for the human soul; too much [time] 
in the air can corrode it to nothing.
~ Helen Macdonald

Gold Hill, Taos, NM. Photo Alan Ellis
Summer 1996, Taos, New Mexico. I’m hiking down toward the trailhead after topping out on 12,700-foot Gold Hill, a quiet peak up near the ski valley.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Getting Outside Changes You Inside

Sometimes the best rides happen when you have no idea where you're headed or how you'll get there.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Active at Mid-life: The Two Biggest Secrets

Let’s face it: middle age sneaks up on you.

At 52, I can still ride year ‘round, but it takes longer on chilly mornings to get the neurons firing and the muscles following suit, even after the ritual java jolt. Old injuries, which used to crop up only occasionally, have moved in the furniture and hung pictures on the walls.