Another One-Day Visit to Philadelphia

Sixteen hours. That’s how much time I had to tour Philadelphia as PHL was a transfer point on a cheap American Airlines flight to England. That was less time than […]

Adventures with Flat Stanley in Fort Collins

The other week I received an envelope addressed from one of my nephews. Inside was a letter that read the following. In school we read a book about a boy […]

Lee Martinez Park 10k

“I’m not going to worry about my time in this one,” I said to a friend at the start of the 2019 Lee Martinez Park 10k Tortoise & Hare race. […]

Estes Park-Allenspark Scenic Drive

Since moving to Centennial State in 2005, I have not met more than a handful of people who share my enthusiasm for steel on four wheels. Bicycles, most certainly (it […]

Catch Me If You Can 5k

For whatever reason, I figured running this five-kilometer race would feel easy. Maybe it’s because I ran challenging marathons each of the last two weekends with satisfying results. My fitness […]

Groundhog Day Marathon

Moments after stepping off the plane in Grand Rapids and finding the airport’s rental car office, I was face-to-face with a friendly Dollar representative. She casually asked what brought me […]

Mississippi Blues Marathon

After running marathons in 33 states in 19 years, I hadn’t run one in a new state in all of 2018. So for the new year, I looked for any […]

Jackson, Mississippi

“I’ll walk you to your car, sir,” said the sweet talking Alamo employee. “Are you here to run the marathon this weekend?” From the very first interaction to the last, […]

Polar Bear Run & Plunge

I wasn’t going to do the Polar Bear Run & Plunge this year… and then my friend Jennifer won a free entry from Raintree Athletic Club into this event that […]

Fossil Creek Park 5k

Well, that was quick. One of my athletic goals for 2019 was to run a 5k under 21 minutes again–something I had not done since October 2016 in Florida, at […]

Skiing at Loveland Ski Area

A few years ago I pretty much gave up on downhill skiing for good. It’s dangerous (remember Michael Schumacker, Sonny Bono, Michael Kennedy—not to mention the many people I met […]

Resolution Run

It seemed like a great idea at the time I signed up for this five-kilometer race. It would be an excellent way to start off the new year on the […]

Flying a Homebuilt Van’s RV-14A Airplane

“The only reason why I bought a bigger house,” said my friend E a couple years ago, about a couple months after we first met, “was to finish building an […]

Sweaty Sweater 4 Mile

“If we can get to 15 [people on our team],” my friend Tammi posted on the online forum for our running club, “everyone gets a sweet Santa hat!” That seemed […]

Dune Buggying in Paracas, Peru

We had just ambled past a beach in Paracas, Peru when a guy approached us about renting dune buggies from his shop. “Twenty dollars per hour,” he indicated. I can’t […]

Pisco & Wine Tasting in Ica, Peru

A shuttle picked us up from Paracas on our last full day in Peru. It first brought us to the Huacachina Lagoon in Ica, which featured a lake, trees with […]

Flyover of the Nazca Lines

After Cusco, we went down to south western Peru to view the Nazca Lines. No, not stock car racing. The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs in the Nazca […]

Paragliding in Lima, Peru

I have to admit, I was not the most enthusiastic about Matthew’s paragliding idea due to being most decidedly a land guy. Sure, I board commercial jets all the time […]