I accidentally took the hardest trail. Again. After recently failing to reach the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, my friend and I wanted to try again. But we decided to go for the highest point in Colorado this time. Mount Elbert is not only the highest mountain in Colorado, but it’s … Continue reading
I had a fun conversation with Texas Time Capsule Podcast last week. We talked about Old Rip (a famous horned toad), the lynching of Santa, and the hotel. Check it out here or wherever you listen to podcasts!
My good friend and I took our two twelve-year-old sons to hike to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, on June 5. Wheeler Peak is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico near Taos and Red River. At 13,159 feet, it is the highest point in the … Continue reading
Marco and Maria Pellizzari came to Galveston from Italy in 1913, just before the first world war began in Europe. Marco’s brother, Gino, arrived the year before and found a job in the coal mines of Thurber. He wrote often, urging the couple to join him, and promising Marco that he would find good, steady … Continue reading
This story originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Texas Coop Power Magazine. https://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/people/my-wandering-horse In 1998, I moved from north to south Texas, which was somewhat like moving out of the country. I didn’t know many people, and I tried to avoid most of the ones I knew. When I wasn’t at work or … Continue reading
A year and a half ago when I hiked the Guadalupe Peak trail to the highest point in Texas, I didn’t think my son was ready. He complained about short hikes at the time; he sure wouldn’t have liked eight strenuous miles. Also, it was August and I didn’t want him to die from a … Continue reading
The last time I saw Mitchell was thirteen years ago on his ranch outside Spur, Texas. As I sat waiting to meet him in Whataburger north of San Angelo yesterday, I knew to watch for a white ranch pickup, and I knew he’d be wearing a felt cowboy hat. Those two things never change. When … Continue reading