1:34 a.m., the hotel phone rang. We had just drifted to sleep. We could hear voices and footsteps of other hotel guests scrambling through the hallways as we leapt from our bed to pull on our boots, hats, gloves and coats over long underwear we had strategically laid out like firefighter bunker gear, anticipating the wake-up call.
Line has two young children: one boy and one girl. They have similar opposite personalities as my own two sons. Her daughter is a spritely, self-motivated girl. Her son, a sweet, calm and wise, old soul. Line had recently received a promotion at her job. It is challenging, but I gathered from her other stories, she embraces life trials head on.
The waitress placed an iron pot in front of me. I wrapped my hands around the sides, warming them and imagining the taste of the drunken garlicky mussels within.
The weight of a diamond carat is about the weight of a paper clip. So imagine the weight of a quarter shaving of that diamond in a micro-pave setting, a technique that can make specks of stone in a ring appear bigger. And more valuable. Near weightless. Unless it is weighted by meaning. Like … Continue reading It’s Sentimental
We stood at the base of the Grotto trailhead in Zion National Park, blinking at a sign that pointed left toward Emerald’s Pool and right toward Angel’s Landing.
The sign delineated trail difficulty with shadow figures of which appeared to be falling off a narrow, jagged cliff.
If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority. – Richard Branson Keeping adventure our top priority this year, Scott and I will be heading to the tip of Norway, deep in the Arctic circle this April to battle the elements of one of the most rugged, desolate … Continue reading Arctic Challenge
Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been … Continue reading 2018 Travel Reading List
I will never forget the surprise of San Francisco–the lusty, big-breasted, glittering, and thigh-slapping shock of it.” – Augusten Burroughs, Lust & Wonder Lust & Wonder “…the right to think, to speak, and to write in freedom and without fear is ultimately a more sacred thing than any religion.” ― Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heretic Heretic “Like … Continue reading 2017 Travel Reading List
The best fish to cook is the one you caught. Some of our favorite times together as a family are our adventures on the water with a rod and reel, testing our luck and hooking our lunch – or dinner. On a recent trip to Northwest Arkansas, we reeled in our limit of a few healthy … Continue reading Charlotte’s Panko Crusted Beaver Lake Bass
Oh, the Ozarks! The sun was setting, Arriving just before dark. Of places to be jetting, Of places to leave its mark, Your landscape is unforgetting. Hardwood forests dot the range, And twisting roads add scenic change. A salmon sky paints a vignette, highlighting your mountains’ sillouhette. Night falls in all your cracks As we … Continue reading An Ode to the Ozarks
Let’s talk about odds. Traditionally, odds are calculated by mathematical analyses based on relative probabilities like the odds in sportsbooks. Other odds are based on opinion like polls that tell us by popular vote who has the best barbecue, for example. Some odds are incalculable because we don’t have enough or the necessary kind of … Continue reading Baseball, Barbecue and Beating Odds in Kansas City