Cannot Stop


The travel guide didn’t mention the current. It said something about seasonally strong swells, that was all. But if you had known about the current, you wouldn’t have picked this place for snorkeling. It was your first time snorkeling. You 


About a Year Ago


on a cool dry weekend afternoon about a year ago i took the dog to the school near the house i used to share with my wife to play frisbee. lori was shopping for dishes with my mother. sitka and 


In Six Years


in six years i wrote a master's thesis visited canada moved to montana changed careers fell in love with a dog started telling stories like    "when we were in london..." went back to telling stories like    "when i was in 


Gear list


Last week I rode my bike from Clatsop Spit (northwest of Astoria, Oregon) to the California state line south of Brookings. I rode my bike some 392 miles in 7 days. I shot 54 photographs, had 1 flat tire, ate 


Day 7: Distance


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 7 May 5, 2002 Humbug Mountain State Park to the California Line 59.52 miles 4:46 saddle time 12.5 mph avg. speed. Weather: Sunny and cool, moderate NW wind; morning rain. Today, to my vast disappointment, 


Day 6: Solitude


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 6May 4, 2002 Sunset Bay State Park to Humbug Mountain State Park 61.95 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.6 mph avg. speed. Weather: Sunny and warm, moderate NW wind. After 5 days of riding the riding 


Day 5: Typical


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 5 May 3, 2002 Florence to Sunset Bay State Park 62.59 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.9 mph avg. speed. Weather: early: cool, still, breaking clouds. Sunny and warm, light NW wind by afternoon. My typical 


Day 4: Education


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 4 May 2, 2002 Newport to Florence 51.35 miles 4:07 saddle time 12.4 mph avg. speed. Weather: cloudy, no wind, fine mist; wind becoming light w-sw with rain What I Have Learned on this Trip 


Day 3: Obscurae


Day 3: May 1, 2002 Pacific City to Newport 59.07 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.1 mph avg. speed. Early: gray, about 50 degrees, still. Becoming sunny w/moderate W wind S of Cascade Head. Two events please me as a cyclist: 


Day 2: Humility


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 2 April 30, 2002 Oswald West State Park to Pacific City 58.62 miles 4:20 saddle time 13.5 mph avg. speed. Gray, cool, wind W. Growing colder with light rain in the afternoon, wind turning SW.> 


Day 1: Hubris


Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 1 April 29, 2002 Clatsop Spit to Oswald West State Park 39.02 miles 2:35 saddle time 15.0 mph avg. speed. Sunny, light wind W-NW, mid-60s I don’t doubt that at the beginning of every unsupported 


A Perfect Machine


Describe a perfect machine.Its energy source is abundant, universally abundant. Its energy source, in fact, is surplus -- something that will not decrease or fail, and of which we may have too much. It has ideal energy properties -- it 


This is My Cathedral


The squall of March rain arrives like an announcement, travelling a patient course, propelled by 8000 miles of Pacific Ocean. I hear it crawling eastward from the West Hills. We stand, the dog and I, under the shelter of an 



Kelp grows in clumps, in groves like trees. Among and between the twenty-foot-long strands dart otters, bright-eyed and quick-pawed, hunting out squid or crabs or the tiny abalone that cling to the broad orange leaves of the kelp. The whole 


Restless Inquisitive Child

The setting: a living room, a suburban ranch house, a small town; early summer vacation; a rainy day. The child -- perhaps age 7 or 8 -- is restless and inquisitive. He has been reading science books, which, being well-written 


The Best TV Set I Ever Owned


I inherited the best television set I've ever owned from my maternal grandmother. It was a portable, vintage ca. 1973, with a built-in radio. At the touch of a button, the screen popped up from the main unit. I'd estimate