Archive | Cool Places RSS feed for this section
Reno from Top of Hunter Lake Jeep Road

Local Adventures: Hunter Lake Jeep Trail

It’s probably a common anxiety dream. You are at school, or work, or the local grocery store, or just at home. But it doesn’t look like home. You discover some secret wing, department, corridor that you never knew was there that opens up a frightening, or maybe even magical and exciting new world that was […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Cool Places: Incline Lake Nevada (#Tahoe)

It was cold in the trees as we tromped through the snow. I carried a backpack, a sled dangling from one hand and my son stepping carefully down the crusty snow holding onto the other. We stopped at the edge of the trees above the dry basin of the small lake. I dropped the foam […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
Snow Tubing at Soda Springs Resort

Cool Places: Soda Springs Ski Resort

I’m a skier. My favorite place to ski is up a clear un-tracked forested slope somewhere in the Mt. Rose Wilderness  on the East shore of Lake Tahoe. My son, on the other hand, is 2 years old and is just getting started. My cousin in Roseville has 4 kids who love the snow as […]

Read full story · Comments { 2 }

Gizzard Stones

A while ago my mom gave me a gizzard stone. One she’d been given from a friend. Not sure of the provenance of this particular fossile but it’s in my pocket today. Yesterday I read this article by Andrew McKean in the Billings Gazette about finding dinosaru gizzard stones on the ground in the badlands […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

Time Lapse Tuesday: Mt. Bromo Volcano

Found this awesome time lapse of the volcano Mt. Bromo in East Java Indonesia. This video by Justin Ng has some great star and milky way time lapse motion clips and some awesome shots of the volcano that look like nothing I’ve seen on this planet. Mount Bromo HD from Justin Ng Photo on Vimeo. […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Virginia City, Nevada

Last week someone gave my son a brochure for Train Town in Sonoma, California. Apparently this place is pretty unbelievably awesome for kids. It has 1/4 scale steam locomotive replicas that travel a short track through a forrest in the heart of Sonoma. We kept telling him that we’d take him there soon. He kept […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

Cool Places: Mt. Rose Summit Campground & Last Minute Camping

The campground host came around riding on his little 4 wheeler and stopped to chat with the family at the next site over. I cracked a beer and set a rock over the tent stakes for added stability. The wind was picking up and clouds were slowly moving north over the lake. The Bibler mountaineering […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Cool Places: Alabama Hills, CA

Few landscapes have continued to capture our imagination for so long as the Alabama Hills, near the town of Lone Pine California on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Chances are, you’ve never heard of them but here are a few images you might recognize.   There isn’t a great repository of screen […]

Read full story · Comments { 2 }

5 Incredible Climbing Walls + 1

Some places in the world don’t have a lot in the way of mountains so they have to make their own. This arcing tower in The Netherlands, where half of the land is either just below sea level in land reclaimed from rivers and the sea, or just over sea level. The Klimcentrum Bjoeks climbing center […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Cool Places: Black Rock Desert, Nevada

We rode into the wind. It was just chilly enough that I put my son in a sweater, but my wife and I pedaled our bikes in shirt sleeves. His helmeted head bobbled above the cracked mud and kept bumping me in the back as he repeatedly kicked my legs in excitement. We rode for […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }