As I sat down at Common Roots, which is quickly becoming my temporary office when I’m not busy running around the Twin Cities, I planned to write about how I’m starting to malfunction. Nothing serious, but merely the human equivalent of long pauses your computer might make without any apparent explanation.
For better or worse, some of my fondest memories of childhood creativity go back to video games. The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy series especially tickled my imagination. On otherwise dull afternoons, I would find myself in a world of adventure, chasing the horizon or the next clue to solving a mystery.
About a year ago I pitched the idea of a new series to the fine folks at Falcon Guides — the very same publisher that allowed me to write my first solo book project, Best Hikes Near Cleveland. (Coincidentally that books still exists and you can still buy it.) The new series being one that takes a combination of outdoor activities and mixes them into one guide. We’re talking hiking (both urban and parkland), cycling (road and mountain), paddling, and a few honorable mentions, like cross-country skiing and rock climbing. Continue reading →
The Palacio de La Moneda, capitol building of Chile. This was where the CIA-supported coup against Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government took place on September 11, 1973. Augosto Pinochet took over, becoming one of the most ruthless military dictators in the 20th Century until a grassroots campaign of activists had him ousted in 1990. Continue reading →