A couple weeks ago (before the government shut-down) I headed down to Zion National Park for a weekend of canyoneering along with Michael Sproul (from The Carefree Traveler) and another mutual friend. Living in Utah allows many opportunities to get outdoors and experience things that many could only hope to see in photos. While Zion National [...]
Fireworks. Meant to symbolize “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air.” Something that was tragic and ugly we now celebrate as beautiful and a symbol of our freedom. What if we spent more time embracing the tragic, broken, and ugly in our lives as it becomes a symbol of freedom and beauty? I came to Portland to be a part of the World Domination Summit. It isn’t as scary as it sounds. We don’t want to take over the world; just make it a better place to live.
On this late May morning, I boarded the bus and headed to Niagara Falls as we rolled down the highway a little after 7 am. As a boy, my bus experience was different. Leaving the US, we traveled through New York and arrived in Niagara Falls. Instead of tourists and locals, this bus was filled with teenagers – many of us who were leaving the country for the first time.
As I sat on the rocky shores, I stared at the turquoise waters as they swirled and sloshed like a spin cycle set in slow motion. Nature’s hand carved a serene, rhythmic masterpiece through the river. Underneath, it’s fury raged with currents and forces that could kill a man in minutes. I was paralyzed by [...]
Batman roams the dark streets of Gotham as a hero with a dark past. Nearby, a runaway train races down the tracks ready to destroy anything that gets in its path. In a nearby prison, a flesh eating psychopath torments and plays games with an FBI agent. Has this city gone mad? Not at all. Welcome to Pittsburgh – the Hollywood of the East!
I landed late on a Thursday night in Myrtle Beach. Ten years have passed since I last visited here. Nearly twenty years had passed since I lived here. Over the next couple of days, I revisited the places and memories of my teenage years. Both Myrtle Beach and I have changed.
A cold, overcast day greeted me as I took my first steps through downtown Pittsburgh. From the days of the Steel City, the city of Pittsburgh has received a makeover. I was here to experience the Pittsburgh Renaissance for myself.
A couple of years ago, my fascination with the Scottish Highland Games began. At my first Sacramento Scottish Highland Games and Festival, I met the athletes for the first time. I spent the entire day hanging out with the guys and talked about the personal lives of Scottish Highland Games professional athletes. In 2012, I [...]