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March 03, 2018
Another Day on Red Mountain Pass
One spring night years ago, more than 60 avalanches crossed a 5-mile stretch of this highway. The town of Ouray was buried in a sudden 4 feet of snowfall. I was working at the weekly paper in Ouray at the time...

August 24, 2017
Why Am I Not There?
I've heard totality is a mystical experience, once in a lifetime. Your inner picture of the earth, possibly the entire cosmos can change. Ive driven eight hours for far less....

November 15, 2016
Animals in Their Seasons
Autumn rut is well underway. I am listening for bugling elk, their haunting, whale-like calls rising through dusk of bare aspens and sea-green conifers...

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Spring, 2009 Utah
I keep rehearsing in my head what it will feel like to walk straight to these cave-arches, congratulating the compass of my body, but poking down one bedrock draw after the next I see my compass is off...

Winter, 2008 Colorado
How many more children could we have? The curiosity will never end. They are each like opening Pandora's box...

Winter, 2008 Colorado
Late that night JT and I are running through the dark with torches outstretched, boots crashing through wind-hardened snow. We move fast, as if we had stolen this fire from the gods...

published stories

July 17, 2009
Perfect Quiet
Searching for refuge -- and, perhaps, health -- in a sickeningly loud world.

June 15, 2009
The Southwest's good ol' artifact boys
You might have an imaginary picture of the pot hunters and collectors, a crew of dirty, well-armed black-market privateers roving the desert (in the case of many Western pot hunters, you'd be right)...

June 09, 2009
The Memory of Water
It is a hard and beautiful way to live, counting on ephemeral water holes like this. You have to be ready for long periods of waiting, traveling at night to preserve water in your body, sleeping in daytime shade...

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