The Scenic Mound

Weekend

Chilao campground, 6:30 am. The sun rising behind me is warm on the back of my neck. I'm drinking coffee.I can see Mt. Wilson in the distance. I'd guess it's a little less than 15 miles away. It looks very far.That 15 miles will be miles…
God Bless Our Barrio

Lady with a Bible & the Barking Man

Lady at the corner market in brand new Fila hightops, clutching a plastic covered Bible. She looks clean, she looks happy, she counts change to buy a mini-bottle of whiskey. She leaves the store, opens the bottle, says a prayer, and pours…
You Found Me!

The Bear

There's been this bear up in Sun Valley, roaming the streets, breaking things, stealing stuff, terrifying people, and basically just doing what it needs to do to get by. The authorities finally caught the bear, sedated it, brought it back to…
Colorado Rockies

A Moment of Gratitude

Running Quad Rock 50 in Fort Collins there were a few moments where I thought to myself, "I expected this to be more beautiful", or "these trails are better groomed than I'd like". It was, of course, probably the most beautiful course I've…
Me in My Teepee at Camp Wolverine

Me in My Teepee

My friend Kista and I went out for a run in Griffith Park. Kista wanted to head up to Amir's Garden. We took a different route out that put us on singletrack down to Camp Wolverine aka the Griffith Park Boys Camp, closed until summer, a place…
Medical marijuana trail trash.

Cherry Pie

Pet Peeve #3: Stoner asshats who leave their empty "medical marijuana" containers on the trails. I will support medical marijuana when it is sold in real pharmacies and prescribed by real doctors for actual medical conditions. Being a loser…
Baden Powell Ridge

Broken Finger

I took a pretty good spill running AC100. Running along the ridge after cresting Mt Baden Powell, around Throop Peak, somewhere around mile 20, I snagged my foot in some shrubs and went down. My calves started spasming, and my attention was…

Chasing Fog 2012

The year is drawing to a close. It's been an interesting one.Looks a bit like we might have a cold (by So. Cali standards), wet winter. There's snow early in the mountains, and we've had more than the usual amount of rain.The week of Dec…
Cherry Canyon Mud

Cherry Canyon

The weather lady in Sacramento is excited. There's a triple storm in Northern California, and a River of Rain, whatever that is. Mount Shasta is expected to have record snow.What this means down here in Los Angeles is fog and misting rain. The…

Ciclavia, Los Angeles, Oct 2012

Ciclavia, Los Angeles Oct 7 2012100,000 cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians poured out into a 9 mile stretch of LA streets that were blocked off for this semi-annual event that promotes cycling in Los Angeles. My friends Kista Cook &…

Mount Islip

The temperature finally dropped. The air has changed, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is here.With this change of seasons, I always feel like hunkering down, a sort of slowing, like hibernation.I took a run up from Crystal Lake. The…

Sycamore Canyon

The first day of autumn, although it didn't really feel like it.I headed out to Sycamore Canyon because I wanted to run some of the trails, or at least territory, run in races like the Ray Miller 50/50, or the Lasse Virren 20K, both of which…
Liquor Store

Corner Market #2

"Is that for real?" asks the guy behind me at the corner market. I turn around. He's a young guy, long stringy blond hair, and a red face with that sweating-alcohol-out-through-the-pores thick sheen. It's 11am, and he's buying beer. I'm…
Baden Powell Ridge

Countdown to AC100

The climb up Baden Powell has 41 switchbacks. As you climb, looking forward, you look into nothing but air. The drop-offs are not steep, but until you reach the turns they look like dead ends on a sheer cliff…or at least they do to me, someone…
Limber Pine on Mt. Baden Powell

2,000 Year Old Limber Pines

There are ancient limber pine at the top of Mt Baden Powell. Limber pine are subalpine trees, usually marking the edge of the tree line in the subalpine zone. They are made stunted, twisted and crooked by the wind. There is a word for this:…