There's more than one way to kill a cat than choking it to death on peanut butter... A very senile, obviously sadistic math teacher used this phrase at least once per class to explain mathematical concepts in my sophomore year of college. Although I was certain I would never reuse the inhumane analogy... well, here … Continue reading Make Travel and Work One: The Seasonal Nomad
The streets of Kathmandu still show signs of the 2015 earthquake, bricks spill into the streets from a side alleyway and the entire city seems to be coated in a dust that drifted off the shaking mountains only to cover the city in a permanent mask . I walk down the street with my camera … Continue reading The Small Things: Wedding in Kathmandu, Nepal
What draws one into a new experience? One could argue that curiosity is largely responsible for the accumulation of wisdom across our lifespans. Every wise old sage was once an eager student and every student was once an uneducated child. Without curiosity, we would never strive to know or become intrigued in a subject beyond … Continue reading Find Thyself: Vipassana Meditation Course in Myanmar
Bandit camping outside a small village in Indonesia, I fall asleep to the sound of rain drops on my tent. I can see the kerosene lamps burning in the simple dwellings from a distance, they illuminate the front porch which has homegrown tobacco drying on the rafters. I've left my scooter on the side of … Continue reading Danger Seeks Out an Adventurous Spirit. Welcome It.
An offbeat rhythm wakes me up. I spend a while contemplating what it could be, a hard thump against the wall every ten seconds or so. If I had to guess I would say it's a can of green beans ramming against the wall in the pantry. The boat is pitching back and forth, my … Continue reading Commercial Fishing in Alaska: Call It Good
Bristol Bay. The fishery itself has an iconic feel to it, so many young men like myself have come out to these waters to try and strike it rich. Or relatively rich. The low hills that surround the town of Naknek leave you with the impression that you could walk forever without seeing much of … Continue reading Commercial Fishing in Alaska: Bitter End, Working End
In the first installment of Arctic Visions, my copilot, David, and I make it past Coldfoot Camp and experience a show of the Northern Lights that leaves us stunned. Click here to read through part one. The actual objective of driving the Dalton Highway is really less of an adventure than I anticipated. Don't get … Continue reading Arctic Visions on The Dalton Highway: Getting to the Ocean
I've always assumed the Arctic would be empty. A frozen tundra, a siberian wasteland with only the paw prints of the lone wolf being current events, bleached wind blasted bones being the land's history text. I could see the pale resolute eyes of its stubborn inhabitants staring out underneath layers of fur and clothes. Recalcitrant. … Continue reading Arctic Visions on the Dalton Highway: See the Lights
The 4runner stutters to a stop in the turning lane of Greenbriar road in Madison, Alabama. I continue stomping the gas pedal in hopes of some miraculous resurrection but alas, no dove shall descend today. I manage to push the dead beast onto the shoulder of the road. I close my eyes for a moment, … Continue reading Commercial Fishing in Alaska: Fair Seas and Following Winds
The old man, named Hugh, exudes a soft-spoken grandfatherly vibe. Not exactly what I had expected: he has both eyes, doesn't have any tattoos of an anchor and doesn't want to fight me before hiring me. I'm cautious of this old fellow...