4 Days to Fairbanks

4 Days Ago…(5 now) I left Missoula. I want to stay, but with the weekend coming I am really looking forward to the road. No work, just white lines, mountains, and beautiful places. I’m going to drive to Seattle and take the ferry to Ketchikan, Alaska. Seattle is only 6-7 hours away and I’ve contacted […]

Fish, Solitude, and Pictures of Snakes

I woke up beside the creek where I caught more fish than I’ve ever caught on a fly pole…“ROD!”…I mean fly rod. They were big! See pictures ;) and I missed just as many as I caught. The point is I caught some fish! The creek is small. Maybe 15 feet wide and not even […]

When You Get To Bozeman

Let me be honest, I’m having a hard time. It’s not the living in the truck, that couldn’t be more enjoyable. And it’s not the loneliness, I have had some of the most wonderful days in the past two weeks! Between the mountain goats, Hyalite Canyon, new friends, a flattering article and some emails it […]

The Fisherman and the Fly Pole

I bought a fishing license when I got to Bozeman, MT. I dunno why exactly apart from just wanting to learn to fly fish and feeling like I’d be here long enough to try. I’m going to Alaska, and it feels like it would be a sin to not fish there. I’ve fished before, but […]

Mountain Goats on Sacajawea Peak

It’s 3:00pm. I’m sore from sitting and staring at the computer. I’ve made some progress today, and I think it’s time for some time outside. I search “Hikes Near Bozeman” I’ve explored Hyalite Canyon pretty good. At least as much as I’d like with only day hikes. Hyalite is breathtaking, but there are some more […]

Conflicts with Fear and Loneliness

I go into Walmart to walk around. Meander. I don’t need anything. I walk the whole store except the isles designated for the ladies. I go from the toy section, to the outdoors, to the automotives, and to the electronics. “Honestly, do you ever get lonely or afraid?” I’ve been asked that a few times […]

Insert Awe Here

Drip, Drip, Drip. I’m watching the rain fall down from a coffee shop. I’m thankful for the rain. It makes it easier to work. Wyoming has been beautiful and I haven’t even scratched the surface. I’ve been on one hike in the Grand Tetons, driven through Yellowstone, and visited Dubois. I find that the more […]

Rodents and High Places

It seems the chipmunks are the friendliest critters around. They are everywhere, and fast as lightning when they want to be. The squirrels have little man syndrome most times. Did I say that before? They bark and make crazy noises at you when you pass by. Pika’s a cute cuddly hamsters. Though I’m sure you […]

Public Showers, Ramen, and Sprinklers

I’m so thankful for my shower today. It had been a few since I had one. The one shower with a curtain was taken and the locker room is full of people. Yeah, this kind of thing makes me uncomfortable. So I sit and wait for the only shower with a stall. Some public showers […]

Beautiful Sites, Beautiful People

So often we watch the evening news and see all the bad things happening. People killing, fighting, politicians being devious, and any bad sort of thing you can and can’t image. What a poor representation of the world. Sure there are bad people, but there are some amazing people as well. The road I travel […]

The Truth About Autumn – A Short Story

Once upon a time, there was a mother and a father. Earth as we know it was very different then. It was always green, full of life, and each day was 72˚ with a light breeze and cloudless blue skies. The days were as beautiful as the mother. Time flowed a rate that was neither […]

Fortune and Fame

How about a shot of whiskey, Just one would do just fine Let’s smile and laugh together Play a game, that plane is mine And that one there makes nine. Some seek a fortune Others seek fame I say we’re richer In very different ways Let’s go seek buried treasure Flip a coin for the […]

My First 14er – Mt. Elbert

I’m tired today and having a hard time focusing on work. Maybe I need a nap. I start looking for dispersed camping near Leadville again. Here’s a spot near twin lakes that is supposed to have a beautiful view. Perfect. I plug in the GPS coordinates. On the way to my newly found camping spot […]

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