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The Mountain Biking Years

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” –Soren Kierkegaard It all began with a short ride through a sultry Tennessee woodland, close to home. And it ended about four years later, sitting on a bench in the North Carolina mountains, after an exhilarating day climbing granite peaks and roaring down […]

Cornflower

Sometimes we don’t choose our friends: they choose us. I never invited Cornflower into my lap, or heart. She came on her own. And she changed me. She was, as I often told her, a very pretty girl. She had subtle concentric markings on an elegant grey coat, a lovely and expressive face, a taut and […]

Over the Hill

It’s a bright day, warm but not hot, summertime in the early 1980’s. I’m driving into Eldorado Canyon, just outside of Boulder, with a friend. We ease into a nondescript pulloff just across the river, grab our packs and gear out of the truck, and begin the long stroll up through pines to the base […]

Let’s Roll!

From my earliest memories, my father was a calm and wise presence, a man of principle and integrity. When I think of those qualities, he can’t help but be my archetype. Dad knew what was right, and would put his shoulder to the wheel, without regard for whether it was “cool” or not. He operated […]

Time Capsule

“You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.”  –Heraclitus As a rule, the past is lost forever. Try as we might to preserve it, remember it, relive it — things change. Usually that change is imperceptible; occasionally it’s dramatic. And once in a great while, when the mysterious causes and conditions […]

New Tools

Once in a great while, I switch to a new set of tools. This past December was one of those times. It’s an exciting and painful process because the rest of my life stops while I learn new technologies and new ways of running my daily affairs. This time around was more disruptive than most […]

Sunset on El Capitan

I’ve been a rock climber since age 16. The places climbing has taken me, and the challenges it set before me, have been some of the peak experiences of my life. Take, for example, when I was climbing the Nose route on the sheer 3,000 foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley over three days […]

Mountain Bikes I’ve Known

It started, and might have ended, with a folding bike, which was intended to be my “last” bike. After all, I was headed out of my 40’s and shouldn’t be taking such juvenile pursuits seriously any more. It would live in the trunk of my car, available for a quick spin on level pavement when the opportunity […]

A Day at Vedauwoo

Certain places on earth are like turnstiles in our lives, personal vortexes we pass through on the way from one chapter to the next. Vedauwoo (pronounced “vee-da-voo”) is one such place for me. A magical collection of rocky outcrops, trees, and alpine meadows, Vedauwoo is situated just off Interstate 80 in the Medicine Bow National […]

CanIRetireYet.com

Check out my newest project — Can I Retire Yet? — a website and blog focused on the personal finance needs of anyone who is thinking about retirement or early retirement. The initial audience is my own baby boom generation, but anyone who is interested in financial independence and financial freedom will find value there. […]