Tuula's shadow on a barn

Travel Oregon Photo Story

Hey readers, remember when I rode my bike across the state of Oregon to watch the eclipse this summer? I put together a little photo story for the Travel Oregon blog, and it’s now live! Like many lifelong Oregonians, I know as much about the region of the state east of the I-5 corridor as…

Views of the Eclipse

Okay, in case you missed the excitement on Monday, AND you still haven’t gotten around to looking up photos or videos, I’ll make it easy. 🙂 Let’s start with a video. Turn down your volume unless you like the sound of people screaming (why are they screaming??). I’ll admit that it’s boring to watch the…

Tuula's shadow on a barn

Eclipses Many

When you sleep in a very old barn, roll out early in the morning, and it’s very cold but the wood looks so warm, that’s a selfieclipse. When you are a crusty farmer growing 500 acres of alfalfa in the middle of the desert, and you go to bed before sunset and wake up before…

Being in a dry country

When you come to a dry place, stop. Listen. There is water in it. The world is big and lonely, except where water flows. In the growing serious, I have become light as air. Desert plants twiddle their fingers at me. The highway chuckles. Solitude is a condition of the body, loneliness is an affliction…

Product Reviews 

Unfortunately, going on adventures often means buying stuff. Gear big and small. Fortunately, reading about others’ experiences with gear before I bought it was often helpful, not to mention entertaining.  In tribute to intrepid reviewers everywhere, here’s a capitalistic lens on the Eclipse Tour: Plastic Spork (red, $2.99): Broke in a tub of almond butter.…

Resistance

Somewhere in the closets of our minds, we all idolize this man. The rebel. The free agent. The one we lets noone tell him what to do. Rules are rules, but when they need to be broken, we call it resistance. When the system no longer serves its purpose, we must pull out our metaphorical…