Turbulence

Turbulence

A good friend of mine absolutely hates air travel. The crush of people at the airport, the cramped seats, the uneven jerkiness of leaving the ground and the jolting bounce upon return, all of it filled him with an almost existential dread. Years ago he decided to...
Subjective and Objective Pain

Subjective and Objective Pain

Growing up with parents who both worked in the medical field, I was often regaled with stories of the extraordinary or weird situations patients presented either in the hospital or when calling 911. A pair of anecdotes from my mother have long stuck in my head, and I...
Evolution Valley (Day 3)

Evolution Valley (Day 3)

Waking up with a week’s worth of food strewn about the campsite, most of it eaten by a large wilderness predator was not the best start to my Boy Scout patrol’s second day on the trail. Looking around in the dim dawn light, trying to make sense of it all…

Evolution Valley – Day 2

Evolution Valley – Day 2

Having taken the small taxi boat across Evolution Lake, our troop was ready to embark on the week-long wilderness trip that would provide a lifetime of memories. Comprised of several patrols, largely separated by age and experience, our group began to make headway into the California wilderness, following our maps and the loose trails carved by generations of previous hikers.

Evolution Valley

Evolution Valley

The Summer of 1999 brought with it phenomenal memories as my Boy Scout troop eschewed our normal summer camp plans and set out for a week-long hiking adventure into Evolution Valley, just South of Yosemite. Encounters with bears, unprepared Scoutmasters, and long...
My First Race

My First Race

The first time I competed in swimming was the Spring of my Sophomore year of high school, and as my wife and I return to the pool in hope to get back into shape, I am reminded of how particularly inverse my experience now is from those early days. Back then my body...