Land in the Sky: Without Us

Land in the Sky: Without Us

by John P. O'Grady June 24, 2014 Blogs

Early evening, Catskill Mountains of New York. I sit on the front deck and sip from a glass of wine, enjoying a fine spell of June weather. The trees are robust and green. In one of them a dove is cooing. Chipmunks scamper along a nearby stone wall. It was built by a farmer who […]

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Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

by Devon O'Neil June 17, 2014 Blogs

June and July (and, if you’re so inclined, August) are the months when skiing in Colorado requires an unusually long approach, the sort we rarely face in this state thanks to our high altitude. Yet despite the extra weight on our backs and the five hours it took to ski 1,700 vertical feet, there was something especially pleasing about mountain […]

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The High Country of the Mind

The High Country of the Mind

by Doug June 16, 2014 Blogs

The High Country of the Mind   How many mountains does it take to reach the high country of the mind? We often glimpse it, but how do we get there? What does it take to bring the clarity of our experience of the mountains into all aspects of our lives? By David Scott Gilligan […]

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Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

by John P. O'Grady June 11, 2014 Blogs

Red Apple Rest was a famous highway stop along Route 17 in Tuxedo, New York. The cafeteria-style restaurant opened in 1931 and for decades did a booming business. Several generations of vacationers regarded this place as the psychological halfway point between New York City and the hotels of the Catskill Mountains. Open twenty-four hours, it […]

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Postcard: Austin, Texas

Postcard: Austin, Texas

by Devon O'Neil June 11, 2014 Blogs

Swimming holes are essential to making it through the summer in some places. Austin, Texas, is one of those places. While mountain biking in the Barton Creek drainage one 93-degree day last week, I was dirty, sticky, and bloodied from an endo onto rock when I came across this hole just outside downtown Austin. If […]

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Land in the Sky: Another Story

Land in the Sky: Another Story

by John P. O'Grady June 9, 2014 Blogs

Half inch of rain overnight on Paradise Hill in the Catskill Mountains. Then a day of gray mist and green-gold light. The collie puppy chews on a stick out in the yard. A wood thrush is singing in the woods. Now a voice on the radio tells the story of a shooting yesterday in Las […]

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Walking in LA: The Restoration of a Once Dead River

Walking in LA: The Restoration of a Once Dead River

by Mike Medberry June 3, 2014 Blogs

The Restoration of the LA River Words and Photos by Mike Medberry No one ever suggested that I should walk the Los Angeles River to determine if it had a grand future. A friend from Boise laughed and offered that it’s too damned late for that dried up trickle. My response? “Take a hike before […]

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Mountain Passages: Trail Running With Mountain Dogs Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Mountain Passages: Trail Running With Mountain Dogs Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

by Alan Stark June 1, 2014 Blogs

Mountain trail running with your dog can be hazardous to your health. It’s dusk on New Years Eve as I crest the hill with Willy. My right foot hits ice on the downhill stride, my left leg hyperflexes under me as I fall, and the tendon holding my quad to my kneecap simply rips away […]

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Postcard: Highway 93 sunrise

Postcard: Highway 93 sunrise

by Devon O'Neil May 24, 2014 Blogs

We awoke at 3 a.m. and left town at 3:30, bound for the Indian Peaks range west of Boulder, Colorado. After an hour and a half of driving in the dark, a clicking noise near my front driver’s side wheel took a turn for the worse. Lug nuts that had wiggled loose finally gave way at 60 […]

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Postcard: Honolua Bay

Postcard: Honolua Bay

by Devon O'Neil May 8, 2014 Blogs

During Maui’s winter (and that word should be in quotation marks when writing it from 10,200 feet as it snows outside on May 8), Honolua Bay lights up with some of the best righthand waves in the world. Alas, during a 10-day visit in 2012, we did not catch any triple-overhead barrels or even the […]

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