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A Feature on Utah’s Hidden Canyon Playground in the Washington Post

A persistent, mind-boggling truth about where I live: There are endless new places to explore. Cedar Mesa, a 70-mile-long plateau in southeastern Utah, is just one trove of canyons, hoodoos, and ancient ruins. I go there whenever I can in spring and fall, when the weather is best. Honestly, I questioned the wisdom of giving away the location of one of my favorite weekend haunts, but my desire to share won out. Here's my essay on this wild place, which ran in the Washington Post…

Meaningful Trips

Travel can be a force for degradation and a force for positive change. A recent story I wrote for National Geographic Adventure explores the nature of the impact we have as travelers—and how we can make a positive contribution to the places we visit. Included are ten trips that give back in some way, from volunteer work to bringing income to remote communities. I might add that they all sound pretty darn fun: Come nose-to-nose with a sea turtle, sail to little-known hot springs on…

A Travel Essay in the Washington Post

Last spring, I went to Alaska to report a story on a new yacht-accessed backcountry ski trip, but I also tacked on time, as I sometimes do, to tool around the Fairbanks area. (How lucky that I have the opportunity to do such things!) I had never been there and I was simply curious. I love extreme landscapes and was not that surprised to find that I loved the area's boreal forests, big skies, and endless tundra. I felt inspired to write an essay about…

Good Eats and Cesar Chavez

Sitting here flipping the pages of the latest issue of Outside, I was caught by surprise. Funny how after three months have passed, I can forget which stories are slated to hit print. This one is about five unsung post-adventure dining spots, from a beachside food truck to a pancake parlor in the mountains. I also have a more serious story in the current issue of National Parks magazine. It's about the new Cesar Chavez National Monument. Check it out here. What an interesting story…

Why I Love West Texas

Nearly two years ago, I set off on an impromptu road trip, promising myself that I would not make a single plan. It was a hard time in my life and this was a throw-my-hands-up effort to do something to pull myself out of a dark cloud. To let go of the tyranny of my to-do list and my paralyzing expectations. It worked. I found myself traveling lonely roads south of Durango, through New Mexico, east through Texas, and all the way to the Gulf…