Under the Dome. Encountering Stephen King outside Castle Danger on the Superior Hiking Trail.

I swerved into the parking area at Gooseberry State Park as if the apocalypse had been set into motion. With bike dangling from the back of the car like some strange appendage, I raced into the visitor center like the fate of the world depended on it. In a way, it did. Following some moments … More Under the Dome. Encountering Stephen King outside Castle Danger on the Superior Hiking Trail.

How I turned a 10-mile stroll into a 24-mile odyssey through grit and jackassery.

That dart into Kwik Trip for the final indoor pee of the day sparked a sense of optimism. I dropped off a medium-sized load of microgreens at McQuade’s Pub and Grill next door, and was stoked to head up into the highlands to complete that last stretch of trail between Duluth and Two Harbors. If, … More How I turned a 10-mile stroll into a 24-mile odyssey through grit and jackassery.

Montana. The problem is the solution.

Each of us brought unique handicaps to the situation. Any of these, individually, might have derailed the hike to this mountain lake before it even began. I don’t believe either of us, by ourselves, could have completed this hike. Inscrutably, our individual impediments coalesced into collective success. Our goal was reached because of these weaknesses, … More Montana. The problem is the solution.

The Morning After

Rolling out of bed, safely at home, after driving the better part of a day straight-through from southwest Montana, is remarkably disorienting. The sun set as our land yacht sailed eastward through North Dakota. The sky was huge and limitless the last time I saw it. The largest cumulus nimbus clouds I’ve ever seen failed … More The Morning After

Keep Showing Up. Especially if you’re depressed!

I’ve planted tens of thousands of seeds in a scene that looks just like this, more times than I’d care to count this spring… The thermostat seems stuck between 33 and 38 degrees. The sun is all but snuffed out. Even today, snowflakes have blown around amidst the apocalyptic-looking scene as if a nuclear winter … More Keep Showing Up. Especially if you’re depressed!