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Guess Who I Found on the PCT!

My idea was to collect a series of individual stories from hikers who have undertaken the 2640-mile journey on the ...

Life on the Mountain-May 2013

Artists are alive and there is growth here. Every camp I visit seems to have been updated in some way. ...

They Used to Call it War Fever...

Now it's referred to as PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There was a time when there was no cure, only short-term ...

I love a good ghost story.

But that doesn't mean I believe in them. I had one incident that changed my perspective on spirits though. Years ...

I'm From a Village Called 'Texas'

It was the best I could do to explain where my people lived. I drew a crude map of Africa ...

I Don't Know What These Indians Are Telling me...

But I believe them. They chant with such conviction and seem so sure of the words they share. I have ...

You're Soooooo Vein!

You probably think this tour is about you.....It's a real gold mine, THERE IS STILL GOLD IN IT and yesterday, ...

The Answer to the God Question

If you're still reading, at least you are still curious. The answer to the "God" question is that it must ...

Porn, Drugs, Takis, More Porn

That was the list of requests and usually in that order. From my first day of teaching to the last, ...

Peace Be With You Mr. Copley

My first week in San Diego, I had lunch with David Copley. I had no idea who he was at ...

I'm not Mrs. Alessio!

She was my mother-in-law's mother. I married her grandson. They owned an old restaurant in Banker's Hill called "Mister A's." ...

Those Tough Choices

Something had to go. Both backpacks were full and the beer had not been packed. "I can live on two ...

Earth Day on the Mountain

Take a drive. Come up the hill. All kinds of things have come to life this spring above 4000 feet. ...

Weekend Snow Alert!!

One of the best things about living in the mountains is snow. When we get hit, our town rocks. Everyone ...

Doing Time in the Tank

"Cover!," the guard yelled. Everyone fell to the ground and covered their heads. I thought it was some kind of ...

Tony Montana was my T.A. (Teacher's Assistant)

At least, Mr. Montana helped me teach the Cold War. As a Cuban refugee in the movie Scarface, he was ...

Invisible Baseballs

In the last 5 years, I think so many of us developed coping techniques that we never imagined needing. This ...

Find Me in Camelot!

Since I've been in Julian (about 4 years full-time), I have met three artists that focus on dragons. One draws ...

Waiting for the White Stuff

Up on the mountain, we are waiting for the big one. Snow storm, that is. We had a teaser a ...

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