Following the lead of several others, I wrote about the 15 Books that Most Impacted Me. What an interesting self-reflective exercise—you should do the same (ping me when you do).


Heavily eroded hillside, deep incising cuts in a very reddish comglamerate.

I ran into this guy near Castle Hot Springs on this day nine years ago. He seemed like a real ass.

“Wild” burro meandering down a desert wash with a low mountain in the background.

Seventeen years ago today, I visited the remains of my first WWII Japanese internment camp—Minidoka in Idaho—a decade or so we decided to visit them all.…

Ruins of a stone fireplace, surrounded by a low wall

Twelve years ago today, a pensive marmot and I enjoyed this vista in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Marmot looking off a steep slope towards a mountain in the distance.

I wrote a bit about why I don’t delete a bunch of my “throwaway” photos: In Defense of Not Deleting Photos.


Rundown building with painted sign that reads “We fix everything from daybreak to heartbreak”

I wrote this piece for a magazine that doesn’t seem to be around anymore, so I’m republishing it:…

“I think that’s why I treasure this place so much. Every time I visit, I can relive that childhood sense of wonder at what might lie over there—whether “over there” refers to a cluster of ruins at the canyon’s edge, or just a mundane pile of rocks in the distance. …a place that’s meant to be explored and investigated, not a place to blandly stroll from interpretative marker to interpretative marker.”

In 2012, I was headed to a family reunion outside of Denver, but instead decided to fly to KC and then drive across Kansas to get there. I could hit some national park units on the way, and maybe(🤷‍♂️) there would be something interesting to see in the state?

It was an unexpected blast. I wrote a bit about it at Roadside Oddities of the Prairielands.

And here is a short video, taken on this day in 2012, that helped spark things as well.

We visited the Atomic Legacy Cabin in Grand Junction five yrs ago today, as part of our quest to visit the major sites of the Manhattan Project. This office was home to the Colorado Raw Materials Office, which refined uranium mined in the region comprising ~15% of the total uranium concentrate used.

Wooden cabin with a modern sign that reads Atomic Heritage Cabin.

The Gunnison River in Colorado, on this day in 2019.

High desert river with nice clouds looking towards sloping valley

Five years ago today, I enjoyed #FootPathFriday with some new friends.

Fremont Culture petroglyph on a rock face on the left with a great view of a valley to the right. Dinosaur National Monument, Utah side.

in 2018, I rode a sidecar all the way to the Republic of Molossia. Quite the journey.

Sadly, we didn’t have an appointment and the entire nation was not home to greet us

Ran across this six years ago today near Virginia City, Nevada. And I am still confused.

Outdoor art piece of a gorup of people dragging an upside down church. Or something like that, I’m still a bit confused.

Thanks for the postcard, @Pmount. Funny that we just missed ya!

We stopped by Coal Mine Canyon in 2017.

in 2018, we finally made it to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, which *has got* to be the longest name in public lands conservation, right?

My buddy Brian is in American Samoa, and closing in on finishing his own quest to visit all 400+ National Park units. He’s now at 427/429, with just Amache NHS & New England NHT left. As long as Blackwell School NHS doesn’t become official before then, he’ll finish in Oct—a HUGE accomplishment!

I officially adopted a new quest in 2018: scenic driving all 22 major paved passes over the Sierra Nevada mountain range! Here’s a shot from that day as we completed Ebbetts Pass. We haven’t made much progress on this one recently, but I suspect that will change in the next year or two.

Candleview (Bandalier National Monument, July 3 2016)

Looking out from a ruin at Bandalier National Monument through a doorway and “window” that resemble a candle or a styled letter “i”