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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…

One Boat, Four Dudes, and a Very Large Body Of Water.

Setting off across an ocean in a 20-foot rowboat may sound hare-brained, but it is not as unusual as one might think. To date, more than 500 crews and thousands of rowers have set off, and every year, more are inspired to attempt it with developments in boat, communications, and other technology. A story I wrote about the unlikely rise of this adventurous sport appears in the December issue of Outside. The main subjects are the men of OAR Northwest, a Seattle-based rowing team that…