Category: Adventure & Travel

Volcanic Eruptions and Chemical Reactions

About a month ago, Bali’s largest volcano publicly burped, and didn’t excuse itself. Causing thousands in Amed, and the surrounding areas of the East coast to have to evacuate. How rude! On top of that, Mt Sinabung is threatening to spew ash, sulfer, fury, and lots and lots of liquid hot magma on the neighboring island of Sumatra as well. After all the Indonesian island chain is squarely in the Ring of Fire, and just doing what it’s done for thousands of years. While I’d like to somehow, seamlessly and brilliantly tie volcanoes and chemical reactions together as my title […]

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Humdrum Attacks of the Saber-tooth

I’m re-reading The Log from the Sea of Cortez by Steinbeck right now, and as always, I’m mentally transported deep into the heat of the Cataviña desert, or to one of the many perfect peeling pointbreaks, or to a sweaty cove on Bahia Concepcion watching the sun rise up over the Mexican mountaintops. Each trip I’ve taken over my 20+ years of South bound sojourns, I’ve always expected adventure. This quote by Steinbeck struck a chord with me. In time of peace in the modern world, if one is thoughtful and careful, it is rather more difficult to be killed […]

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Punta Baja – Echoes of the Indelible Sea

In 2012, while on a surf trip in Baja, at Scorpion Bay I pulled out my camera and was photographing some of the fishermen as they brought in their catch for the day. I was captivated as they cleaned and gutted the fish, and the chaos that ensued around them. Dogs, pelicans, seagulls, etc. And on my way home, I stopped off at a little fishing settlement called Punta Baja to sleep for the night, and in the morning, while the fishermen lit fires before heading out on the water for the day, I photographed the point. When I developed the […]

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What Happens When You Miss the Cave at Ulu Watu?

I was fucked. The sun was gone, and the current kept dragging me around the large rocks next to the cliff. I don’t panic easily, but I knew I wasn’t in a good spot and I had to do something or I would be coming back to the United States in a bodybag. That’s if they even found my body floating somewhere out in the Indian Ocean. An hour before, I lumbered down Ulu Watu’s famed staircase, one of Bali’s most sacred spots. My target was the world class surf spot with the same name, at the bottom of the stairs. This day, […]

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Why I Wrote the Snow Frogs Movie

  Let’s start with, “What the f**k is a Snow Frog?” Well, they don’t really exist. Snow Frogs was an idea I came up with one day while driving up the mountains into Ruidoso, New Mexico. I had just decided to leave my then wife, and felt that a trip out to see my mom in San Diego was in order. It was Christmas time, and hearts were broken. Not only were Heather and I not destined to be with each other, but our 9 year old dog, Moen, had gone through a year of treatments to figure what exactly was […]

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A New Chapter

2015 has been an interesting year. Journeys of the world and journeys of the heart. In the end, my passport wasn’t the only thing getting stamped (crushed is more apt a word). Yes, I fell in love, and had my heart broken. It wasn’t the first time. Likely not the last, but it hurt. It hurts every time, intensely. I’m reading currently Tom Petty’s biography. The Heartbreaker’s band leader himself described “heartbreak” as a paralyzing, physical, radiating of pain. I have to agree. It could be Karma. I believe it’s a thing, I stole a kid’s bike when I was younger. And since, […]

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Scorpion Bay Surf Trip

Patagonia founder, Dam buster, and mountaineer, Yvon Chounard talks about adventure, not as just a trip or journey but as being something that happens when everything goes wrong on the journey. 14 years ago, I took a life changing trip deep into the Mexican Baja desert for a surf trip, that easily qualifies as Adventure in Yvon’s viewpoint. Seized engines, transvestite prostitutes, nearly severed tendons, running out of money, and oh yeah, epic surf. And that was just one week! That one trip spawned a love affair with the thousand mile stretch of rugged, untamed Old California that still exists today. […]

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Night Surfing

I’m about to crawl in bed after just coming in from a surf session. Yes, that’s right, a surf session. I paddled out at 1-ish am after drinking and partying. When else would you I suppose… I can only liken it to a religious kind of an experience. The Bio-luminescence I spoke of the other day was out in force. And I discovered it’s not just a ‘thing’ that happens, but the waves glowing when they crash is actually the process of millions of individual life forms actually lighting up!!! As I paddled out into the dead, dark sea,  I […]

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14 years… Scorpion Bay, then and now.

I’m writing this from the same exact camp spot I stayed at when I was 23 years old. Here are a few initial observations… What’s changed? I didn’t have to sell my vehicle in a junk yard in San Ignacio because I failed to put oil in it. I have gray hair. 3 surfboards instead of one. I am decked out a laptop, an iPhone and 3 cameras (geez, could I get more pretentious???)There are WAY more people here. There were 10 guys and girls out at 2nd point vibing each other for 2 foot waves during tonight’s evening session. […]

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A Snowy Telluride Morning

I recently went on a road trip with a dear friend of mine to Telluride, Colorado. She was going to be assisting at a Ashtanga Yoga workshop, and I wanted to hit the road and do some shooting. This lovely morning I woke up to a dusting of snow on the sidewalk and it was on! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them.

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