The Woes of a Lazy Photographer

Quick, name the top five things you like to spend your time on. How much time did you spend doing those things in 2017? Are you satisfied? Or did they take a back seat to other activities and life in general? My favorites are motorcycling, travel, photography, hiking, and knitting. There are a handful of runners-up but those are my …

Your Comfort Zone is Perishable

broken mirror - val in real life

In a few short days, we will say goodbye to another year. We humans have a propensity to get nostalgic, as well as hopeful, in the course of ushering in a new year. It’s natural to take the time to look at where we’ve been in the last year and where we are going in the next. As you go …

A Beginner’s Guide to Death Valley

In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune to explore Death Valley National Park in a variety of ways: by camping and hiking, motorcycle travel, family travel, a photography workshop, and 4×4 excursions. Through those adventures, I’ve become a huge fan of the park. That means I often get quite enthusiastic about extolling the virtues of what it has to offer …

Expanding Adventures with a Sidecar

I’ve been toying with the notion of getting a sidecar rig for some time. Quite honestly, those thoughts first surfaced when I was facing the possibility of losing my leg or its ability to handle a two-wheeled machine. As that threat faded, so did the urgency to explore sidecar rig options. The seed was planted though and little musings about it …

Forty-Six: Gratitude

Last year when I set out on my motorcycle for Baja, it was with the intent of pursuing adventure for my 45th birthday. This year, I’m back in Baja for my birthday but it wasn’t the purpose of the trip, just a coincidence. It happens to be a great time of year to be here. However, being here and traveling …