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Connect Deep

The people and places I’ve encountered on my travels have taught me the importance of connecting with the natural world and to other people in ways that have made me more human and humane.

The Power of Tribe

Battle Rock

Kevin Bacon's not the only one who's six degrees of separation from the other people in his tribe. We're all drawing closer together each day. Here's a story of how my tribe reached out to me from yesterday's story.

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Cocksure in Port Orford

Port Orford's Battle Rock

My "sea to shining sea" aspiration at Port Orford, Oregon: is this a case of no guts, no glory? or "pride goeth before a fall"?

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Glacier, Montana and the Kindness of Strangers

Here's a tale of stunning beauty and the kindness of strangers from my favorite national park, Glacier.

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Slipping, Sliding and Sticking

Two lessons I learned about riding a motorcycle in slop that also apply to life and some advice from Oliver Wendell Holmes

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San Francisco Motorcycle Club & Stereotypes

Think of the leggy woman in a tiny bikini and investment-grade boobs who usually adorns a bike, then replace her with a paunchy, hairy guy. I love the cheeky role reversal.

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Native Burial Mounds

ariel view of the Newark Earthworks mound

Unlike the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge, which rise vertically, the Hopewells would have needed a means of flight to survey and appreciate their work.

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Tender Lovin’ Care from “Squirrel Man”

Squirrels at Brookgreen Gardens

What ensued was a moving story of what it’s like to foster a baby squirrel whose mother was killed by the family dog.

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A Throng of Sunflowers facing Mecca

field of sunflowers

Even if you're a high-tailer, when traveling through the state in the summer, you'll pass through acres of sunflowers. They act as a makeshift compass, since the green side of the flower faces west and yellow side faces east.

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Life is on the Wire

The immigration agent asked, “What is the purpose of your trip sir?” Wallenda presented his passport and replied, "To inspire people around the world to follow their dreams and never give up."

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Elvis and Judging

She remembered skinny, sexy Elvis and I remembered paunchy Elvis in the jumpsuit and cape who starred in campy movies. Hearing him sing those spiritual songs was a chance to reconsider someone I thought I’d known.

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