Thursday, June 30, 2011

More Fire Coverage

one from Outside:

Scenes From the Las Conchas Fire from Outside Magazine on Vimeo.

and one from good ol' Brian Williams:

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rock On

As seen outside Second Street Brewery.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Another One

"A wildfire in Jemez Springs is currently sending a smoke plume over Los Alamos...The fire is actively burning. Running, crowning and spotting up to half a mile of the head of the fire has been observed." -as reported in the Los Alamos Monitor. Ug. Voluntary evacuations underway. Read more here.

Photo: view from Second Street, Santa Fe.

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Jump In

"Whether you're cooling off during a weekly swim in the local outdoor pool or training daily for a triathlon in a state-of-the-art aquatics center, you'll want to outfit yourself with gear made for the pool." -my review on Outside's blog.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Love Love Love

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Bronte

Hard to believe it's been a year since our wedding reception!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


"The artist is a receptacle for emotions derived from anywhere: from the sky, from the earth, from a piece of paper, from a passing figure, from a spider's web." -Picasso
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Friday, June 24, 2011

I Can't Get No

"I'm satisfied with my satisfaction." -conversation with an author yesterday about the validity of his story. Fortunately, his article is a bit more eloquent.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Missing You

"I don't need sunny skies for things I have to do

Cause I stay home the whole day long and think of you
As far as I'm concerned each day's a rainy day
So it might as well rain until September"
-Carole King, as heard on NPR recently. How appropriate.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hey Langley folks

"I have you on speaker. I think my cell phone gives me radiation, so I don't like to put it on my ear." -the start of an interview with my high school Spanish teacher. Story to come in the September issue of Outside!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strong on the Outside

"A writer who has published as many books as I have has developed, of necessity, a hide like a rhino's, while inside there dwells a frail, hopefully butterfly of a spirit." -Joyce Carol Oates
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Monday, June 20, 2011


"I have things in my head that are not like what anyone taught me -- shapes and ideas so near to me, so natural to my way of being and thinking." -Georgia O'Keeffe.

Spent a little time swimming up in her neck of the woods yesterday.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011


Leaving Los Alamos
Near Gabriel's
Camel Rock

"A fire broke out on the Santa Fe National Forest 6 miles northeast of Tesuque on Saturday afternoon. By early evening the Pacheco Canyon Wildfire had grown to more than 150 acres." -breaking news Santa Fe New Mexican. I can see it from my porch. Photos from the drive home yesterday.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011


"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country, and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds." -Thomas Jefferson
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Velo Vino

I think I need this:

More details here.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grapes of Wrath

"The purpose of a young writer is to write, and he shouldn't drink too much." -novelist William Styron

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

VA State Champs

A few days late, but still amazing! Go Saxons!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Caldera Kickoff

"Can you guys stop making so much dust?" -yup, that pretty much sums up Saturday's race.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


"I get hungry, thirsty, itchy for the woods. The moss, the dampness. It just feels so healthy. It's like going to the farmers' market for your lungs." -Olympian Joan Nesbit Mabe on trail running.

Wonderful day at Valles Caldera trail marathon yesterday -- added some more pottery to the collection!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Southern Accents

"I run an extermination business on the side; can you put an ad in your magazine?" -a woman from the Greenville, Mississippi mayor's office. I called to get flood stats and instead got to hear about her bug-killing operation -- never mind that she'd never heard of Outside.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Hazy Skies

"That smoke in New Mexican' eyes isn't leaving yet." -from the New Mexican's fire coverage.

Photo from the Santa Fe New Mexican

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Thursday, June 9, 2011


"I am sure that in nine out of ten cases the original wish to write is the wish to make oneself felt." -novelist Elizabeth Bowen
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CoMo's Best BBQ

"Slow down! Barbecue is as much about the cooking as it is about the eating. Make a smaller fire, cook at a lower temperature, grab an adult beverage and enjoy the day!" -BBQ champ Big Mista dishes out cooking advice to Inside Columbia readers. Read the rest of my article about local sauces here.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Travel Advice

"Follow the locals. You know what they look like. They know what you look like. If they don't look like you, follow them! Don't follow the people who look like you, you might as well stay home." -NFL star/traveler/author Dhani Jones. See the rest of my Q&A with him here.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011


"I've breathed the mountain air, man." -Johnny Cash. That's the view from my hotel window. Hello, Vail! 10K today at 10,000+ feet for the Teva Mountain Games.
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Green Goodness

"I guess there are worse things to be obsessed with." -snowboarder Kevin Pearce on his love for basil pesto. Read my blog post with the recipe here.
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Friday, June 3, 2011


Outside makes yet another morning-show appearance.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Young at Heart

Conversation between two 50-something-year-old women in the locker room:
Lady #1: So I can pick any locker?
Lady #2: Yup
Lady #1: Then I'll pick the one that corresponds with my age -- 25
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