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In Pursuit of Wildness: Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Sep 22, 2020 View Comments by

The rain is hard and relentless. The gas station ahead, a few miles from Window Rock, AZ, offers shelter. In seconds, the parking area is flooded, but my motorcycle is safe and dry. “Do not go out further just yet,” the old Navajo man says. “The roads will be full of mud, and it will […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Manzanar National Historic Site

Aug 26, 2020 View Comments by

Once upon a time, Manzanar National Historic Site was called Manzanar War Relocation Center. It was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens were incarcerated during World War II. I had never been there, and I knew little about this site, though I knew that it is managed by the National Park Service, for […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Great Basin National Park

Jun 03, 2020 View Comments by

Rarely do I ride 1,800 miles just because a stranger suggests an awesome ride, but I had just met a fellow rider, Scott, in Springerville, AZ, and he was already persuading me to take a ride near his home in Utah. He called it the Nebo Loop, but it’s also known as the Mount Nebo […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Petrified Forest National Park

Apr 13, 2020 View Comments by

I’m on historic US Route 66 heading east for a small village nestled next to the Rio Grande in New Mexico called La Joya. Each year, I make this journey across the wild west, past little communities and towns with interesting names: Newberry Springs, Oatman, Cool Springs, Valentine, Peach Springs, Twin Arrows, Two Guns. They […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Abó Ruins, New Mexico

Dec 13, 2019 View Comments by

In the 2009 documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Director Ken Burns spoke about the grandeur of a world known as Yellowstone National Park, as well as less familiar National Park Service areas, such as Abó Ruins, an integral part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico. Burns once said: “We are […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Cabrillo National Monument

Aug 06, 2019 View Comments by

The Pacific Ocean is jaw-droppingly beautiful as I ride my motorcycle along Highway 1 from Monterey, CA, toward San Diego. It’s easy to allow your imagination to run free along each curve on this scenic highway, envisioning sailing ships exploring new lands. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I think that […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Rocky Mountain National Park

Jun 22, 2019 View Comments by

Bear with me, as it’s been 1,200 miles since I left Three Rivers, CA, and the wild views before me are stunning. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado stand majestically before me. The Quaking Aspens tremble in the wind. The weather is mild. I’m on a “rocky mountain high,” and this is where this story begins. […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Wildflowers along Dry Creek

Mar 29, 2019 View Comments by

Just last week, my wife Denise and I traveled to Anza-Borrego State Park to capture the wildflower “super bloom.”  The desert was transformed into a sea of color.  A detailed account of this area and this incredible wildflower phenomenon will be featured in a future issue of RoadRUNNER in my In Pursuit of Wildness column, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Big Bend National Park

Feb 26, 2019 View Comments by

As Steve McQueen said, “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than any city on earth.” I’m not sure if Steve McQueen considered the badlands of Texas “nowhere,” but that’s where I’m riding my motorcycle on this epic adventure into the Wild West. In four days and 1,700 miles, I intend to wake up in […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Chiricahua National Monument

Jan 17, 2019 View Comments by

I’m on my motorcycle, heading west on I-10 back to California, when I see the sign for a destination totally unfamiliar to me: Chiricahua National Monument. Just the name sparks my interest. Although best known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, Arizona is rich with more than a dozen less-frequented national park areas, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Zion National Park

Sep 17, 2018 View Comments by

In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two bank- and train-robbing bandits sought these red canyons as their hideout from the law. I was mesmerized by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in this modern-day Western, but honestly, the scenery captivated me more. I knew that one day I would have to visit the wild […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Chasing Curves on the Pacific Coast Highway

Jul 30, 2018 View Comments by

It has been over a year since I planned this motorcycle ride along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or California’s Highway One. A few days ago, in fact at 9:45 am on July 18, 2018, State Route 1 at Mud Creek re-opened after a 14-month closure due to a massive landslide followed by an […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Death Valley National Park

May 28, 2018 View Comments by

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in America. It’s a summer day and I’m filling up my motorcycle gas tank in Baker, CA, when I asked the gas station attendant how hot it is. I’m a bit surprised when he points upwards and says, “The thermometer reads 112 degrees. […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: The Carrizo Plain National Monument

Apr 09, 2018 View Comments by

A sleeping giant lies on the valley floor between the Temblor Range and the Caliente Range. That is where this story begins. In 1857, the strongest earthquake in California’s recorded history ripped through the San Andreas Fault, wrenching the western side of the Carrizo Plain National Monument 31 feet northward. But today the giant quietly […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments by

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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