Finding Manzanita

    Every time I fly into Phoenix, I look out this window and that window. I know I’ll never see it, but I look for Manzanita Speedway anyway. It closed unceremoniously in early 2009, was bulldozed into a pile, and it’s on the wrong end of the city for my...
    Show Me the Measure of Your Dedication

    Show Me the Measure of Your Dedication

    I don’t know why I have this new tendency to sit on posts about epic travel weekends for two months. This is our trip to the Catskills/NYC in June for Manitou’s Revenge, a 56 mile ultra. —– Our flights for the New York trip took us through four...
    A Clearing Full of Many Things Except Boundaries

    A Clearing Full of Many Things Except Boundaries

    “There are several ways not to walk in the prairie, and one of them is with your eye on a far goal, because you then begin to believe you’re not closing the distance any more than you would with a mirage. My woodland sense of scale and time didn’t fit this country,...

    Empires Weren’t Built Here, Part 4

    Empires Weren’t Built Here.  Yes, there really always was a part four.  If you need to refresh your memory, here are parts one, two, and three. "The next installment of the Empires thing is still unfinished," I told GL as we walked along a...

    I Wanna Write Her Name In the Sky

    Hello New York. Hello friends. On Thursday in a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal, I got to do something pretty rare in this day and age – I got to meet a friend at the gate as she stepped off of an airplane.  My dear Jessie’s flight from...