Cascade Lakes Brewing

Bend, Oregon I was at one of their two sites, called The Lodge. It is fully staffed, decent menu, and has all the beers. Situated at a round-a-bout so there was no shortage of sights while sitting outside tackling my taster tray. No little snacks on the menu, which kind of sucked. The beers were…

Four Miles and an Art Walk

 I did it. I just biked what I think is the longest four miles of my life. OK, so maybe not my life. Perhaps the longest four miles that I can remember. Ok, well maybe not that, either. Definitely the longest four miles of THIS trip! Yeah, that’s it, the longest four miles of this…

Madras Brewing

Madras, Oregon It was a quiet weekday, but the beer was solid and the food good. I got a steak salad. The Mexican Stout was very interesting and seemed to give me something new each sip. The outlier was a blood orange blonde and it was also good. Nothing bad going on here. I give…

Hop and Brew

Sisters, Oregon This is not a brewery. This is a tap room with some food. Not bad vibe, but not a great location. I got a sample tray of mostly stout. I would say the beers were 50% good, and then not so good. I give the place 3.5 beers as I do enjoy a…

Camp Etiquette Rant

WARNING: If you are easily offended, just skip this one. Thanks. I have been a camper for years. I have already talked about the different ways we camp and some of the different people who camp. Today I am upset because somebody stole the wipes I left in the outhouse. The fucking out house!! Whose…

The Camp Stove

I believe I have arrived at the cooking configuration that will last me through this journey. I will not 100% commit, as I am still early in this thing, but I wanted to provide what I have learned or observed thus far.  My past experiences preparing food and meals at camp span the continuum. When…

Tempest

The tempest it rages deep in my soul, Tossing, turning, burning, on a bed of hot coal. It screams, it cries, longing to escape, No longer sleeping, this mighty force is wide awake. It is the itch that can find no relief,  It is the unsettled feelings of longing and disbelief. It’s the eyes that…

Doesn’t Fucking Matter

In the end, it does not matter.   I know a lot of different kinds of people. I know folks with money, and without. I know folks who are uptight and snobby, and I know folks who are down to earth and overly giving. I know earth muffins, mother-Goddesses and crunchy granolas. I know avid outdoorsman…

The Hike

I have come to realize that I hike like I am headed to war. I mean, really, I am loaded with weapons, emergency supplies, a determination and a verve. I find a rhythm of mind and body and I just go. I tend to focus on the path, head down with intent. I know I…

Pilgrimage

I started a new book today. It is about a journey. Not just travel, not just a trip, but turning it into something with and of purpose. Something that we have been called to do, that we hope to learn from, that will challenge us and at the same time cause us to grow in…