Despite my yoga-and-yogurt appearance, I've mountaineered, dog sledded, hot air ballooned, snow shoed, snow boarded, fly-fished, kayaked, rafted, barged, canoed, surfed, swum with dolphins and ridden horses, mules and camels. I have an advanced open-water diver certification and double-jointed elbows that unnerve my rock climbing partners. I also worked a hiking guide, before being sidetracked into journalism by the University of Washington Daily, which I edited in 1996.
My first scuba article won a Lowell Thomas bronze in 2007 for adventure writing.
Calm as a Hurricane's Eye
Winner of the Lowell Thomas bronze, 2007, adventure writing
Road and Travel: Everything in Honduras is slow, slow as I've never experienced. Heat leaches muscle fiber, skeletal strength and all ambition. Coral sand grits under my bare feet, after the espadrilles unlace. Even the lightning pulses long and lazy on the ocean's horizon.Tropical diving downshifts yet another gear, if such a thing is possible.
Surfing the Wild Pacific Rim
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:Tofino halfway up Vancouver Island's west coast is one of the world's premier cold-water surf sites. Squeezed into wetsuits, hoods and booties, the locals ride year-round. Even during a winter storm surge.
Florida Beach Body
Travelgirl Magazine: Morning light washes over champagne-colored sands as Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein barks at his squad. “Lunges! Burpees! Jumping jacks!” Some recruits grimace, but nobody sasses the former codebreaker and Cold Warrior. Fitness fans have assembled on this Florida beach for a taste of bootcamp. And no one wants to be the fresh meat that can’t make the grade
Takin' it to the Streets
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: In full scrimmage, they weave like alley cats, grind together like monster trucks, freeze into track stands: perfectly balanced on the pedals and as still as the Space Needle. Insanely agile, they're also street players all rollies and hoodies on thrashed, chopped, thrift-store cycles. Urban bike polo. So gritty. So graceful. The mix deserves its own word: grungelegant, perhaps.
5 Ways To Be Frigid In Alaska
Travelgirl, photos and text: Like many cheechakos (newbies to the north), I’d had a sort of Glacial Age impression of cold weather in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Come fall, the freeze descends, trapping musky hermits in a sheet of ice, right? Then the survivors huddle up with homebrew and sled dogs, gazing at Russia’s balmier shores like eagle-eyed Sarah Palin.
I did not expect to swim. Outside. In September. Paddling the Inside Passage.
Opening Ceremony to Barbican, Bond’s All Over Olympic London
Yahoo: Details remain top-secret for now, but plenty of ways exist to shake – not stir – up excitement about the MI6 agent, before the new Skyfall film on November 9th.
Triple Threat Honduras
Sport Diver: Even lightning slows in the Bay Islands of Honduras. It pulses long and lazy on the sea's edge, as if uncertain whether to head for the hammock or pop another Salva Vida (Lifesaver) beer. But that's the allure here, where pirates once mingled with indigenous groups of Indians and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna.
Wild and wicket: extreme croquet
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Players take a genteel picnic pastime into all-terrain overdrive, hacking across rotten logs and mole holes.
A late autumn cattle drive at a North Cascades dude ranch
Washington State Visitors Guide 2012
Horses trot across the river bottomlands, heading toward a barn’s promise of hay. A brunette head bobs among them: a lanky runner keeping pace with the powerful animals. Then, Kathy McKay vaults onto a roan and, riding bareback, urges the horses toward the paddock of K-Diamond-K, the ranch her family owns.
Zombie Mall: Test Run for a Night of Living Dead
Yahoo: A growl. A rustle. The corpse twitches — and the race for survival is on! The town of Reading in England offers visitors practice for the undead apocalypse, just 30 minutes away from London's Paddington Station by train.
Mountain High: North Cascades
Washington State Visitors Guide 2012
35-square-mile snow cone dominates all of western Washington’s skyline. And the volcano’s 14,411-foot summit remains the most glaciated and prominent peak in the contiguous United States.
Bigtime American Wrestling
Oxford Mail: American-style wrestling is inflaming British audiences. Amanda Castleman witnesses the sequins, snarls and obscenities as the big men "have a go."
A Look Under the Hood
Cold-water divers explore Puget Sound's jade underbelly
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: I grew up on the coast of Puget Sound, galloping along drift logs and squelching across mud flats. Yet the inland ocean remained a cipher: a reflecting pond for the snow-shadowed mountains. Now I've plunged through the looking glass.
Discworld: Ultimate champions prepare to defend national titles
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:Toddlers lurch on the grass. A 41-year-old mother and punky teen sling a Frisbee disc back and forth. The scene could be any park, anywhere in America. Except these are national champions: Cat Pittack and Shannon O'Malley, members of Seattle Riot.
A hoss, a hat and haute cuisine: C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado
MSNBC: Riding a roan mare among the sweeping mesas and aspen glades of the Continental Divide
Hardy Divers Sculpt a Silent World at Edmonds Underwater Park
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A man wades into the ocean with a wheelbarrow full of concrete blocks ... sounds like a joke setup, right? Except no funny stuff's going down in Edmonds, just the work crew at the city's underwater park.
Quirky Britain Celebrates Olympics in Its Own Unique Way
Yahoo: The British have special places in their hearts for all things quirky, from "bubble-and-squeak" breakfast hash to the world's only Hedgehog Memorabilia Museum and the Official Monster Raving Loony political party founded by Screaming Lord Sutch.
This genius has laced the London Summer Games from the opening ceremony...
of the Bear: A hiker's experience in the Pasayten
Northwest Travel cover story: We gave no voice to the frustration. Yes,
the man had lied about his health, hiding those telltale white pills.
And wed made a grave navigational error. But shouting accusations
would not get us out of the wilderness.
Around in Boats
Road and Travel: A British narrowboat excursion certainly ranks among
a few of the world's favorite things, along with raindrops on roses and
whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
in the Rocking Mountains
Road and Travel: Tongue flapping, the spotted mongrel churned the chest-deep
snow. He lunged, twisting on the tugline: just one bell on the tangled
wind chime of baying hounds. Then hike! the team shot forward
over the crusted powder.
Adventure Activities in Tucson – Try if You Dare
AOL Travel: Forget the Tootsie Roll center: in Tucson the crunch comes from arachnids in scorpion lollipops. Crablike in appearance, these desert dwellers have four legs, a pair of pincers and a long segmented tail with a stinger. In high doses their venom can be fatal to humans, but Chinese medicine treats rheumatism with small amounts.
Just don't be the sucker who gets hooked. Over in China, Li Liuqun bit the head off a huge live scorpion that stung him. It tasted so sweet and nutty, he's consumed at least 10,000 over the last three decades.
Whistler's Helicopter Hole-in-One
Travelgirl Magazine, December 2012
Trust British Columbia to improve golf’s “19th Hole” (what jokers call the bar). But the ice in question is more glacial than cubes in a cocktail. Adventurous players can now finish a round at Big Sky Golf and Country Club with some heli golf at Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort, host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Daily Mail: Athens has embraced the Olympic motto "swifter, higher, stronger" as the city prepares for the 2004 Summer Games. It may also have added "dearer"...
Skimming the Surface
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The [four-person racing kayak] arrows across the lake. The glide is like that of a rope swing, except it goes on and on, and we never splash land. Caught in the midsummer night's dream of it all, I find the sport irresistible.