A hint of fall surprised me this morning. Yesterday was hot, and today will be too. But the air was crisp when I stepped out ahead of the sun. Fall is my favorite, whether I’m in the woods or town. It draws me out and makes me wish for a leaf covered forest, a campfire, … Continue reading
My twelve-year-old son and I started the summer with a failed attempt to hike Wheeler Peak—the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet. The loss was due to poor planning on my part. I didn’t realize that most of the trail was still covered in deep snow in June. Nor did I realize that … Continue reading
Earlier in the month I attempted to reach the summit of Mount Elbert—the highest point in Colorado, and the second highest in the contiguous United States. Though I made it to the top of the mountain, I didn’t make it to the peak. My wife, who is both an adventurer and a great athlete, was … Continue reading
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