The Branded Steer: “Mayor” Meal Be Tasty and Satisfying

This is not the kind of restaurant I would normally review for this blog. It was not my normal, dirt-cheap, hole-in-the-wall, greasy-spoon, post-hike haunt. It was expensive. It was also not near the trail I hiked, or any trail for that matter. It was in downtown Milwaukee, near the airport and across a weed-choked parking … Continue reading The Branded Steer: “Mayor” Meal Be Tasty and Satisfying

The Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak: Social Distancing – Is the Ice Age Far Enough?

Three. That’s how many cases of COVID-19 there were in Milwaukee when I rolled into town at 10:30am on March 14, 2020. I was delivering a piece of opera scenery to a shop in West Allis, where it was to be painted. At that time, the show was still set to open in early May. … Continue reading The Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak: Social Distancing – Is the Ice Age Far Enough?

Newport State Park’s Europe Bay Trail: Hiking at Death’s Door

I do a lot of hiking in Wisconsin. If you follow this blog then you probably know that racking up elevation in the Dairy State can be … well … difficult. That difficulty makes for easy hiking. Oxymoron aside, the Europe Bay Trail is no exception; in fact, it may be one of the flattest … Continue reading Newport State Park’s Europe Bay Trail: Hiking at Death’s Door

Gear Review: The Gaia GPS App

When I decided to start tracking and writing about my hikes, I downloaded a free app called Map My Hike. Map My Hike is part of the Under Armour suite of apps that include Map My Ride for cyclists, Map My Run for joggers, and MyFitnessPal for tracking one’s diet. I still use that last … Continue reading Gear Review: The Gaia GPS App

Baird Creek Trail: Goin’ Downtown

“I could watch the paint dry, On these rented walls Or I could run wild with the first wild thing who calls Goin' downtown” ~ Goin’ Downtown – Joe Jackson On a mild (above freezing) Tuesday in January in the great state of Wisconsin, I had a business meeting in downtown Green Bay. I had … Continue reading Baird Creek Trail: Goin’ Downtown

Boquillas Canyon: Trails and Trinkets

Another short, rewarding hike from Big Bend National Park. Less than three river-miles east of the Boquillas Crossing is an over-too-quickly hike to the mouth of Boquillas Canyon. Easy, extremely pleasant, and chock full of scenic beauty, this trail is definitely worth your while. The trailhead departs from a parking area at the end of … Continue reading Boquillas Canyon: Trails and Trinkets

The Lost Mine Trail: We Found Hiking Gold, but No Mine

The Lost Mine Trailhead is on Basin Junction Road near the Chisos Basin Campground. The parking area is small (about 15 cars), so it’s a good idea to get there early. In case you're wondering, 9:30am is not early. There were no spots, but we found another tiny lot about a quarter-mile east and road-hiked … Continue reading The Lost Mine Trail: We Found Hiking Gold, but No Mine

José Falcon’s in Boquillas del Carmen: Lunch, South of the Border

This post is going to be an odd mixture of short hike and restaurant review. Our story begins at a border crossing station on the Rio Grande. As we passed through the station, we were reminded by a park ranger that we would need a passport to re-enter the United States. The Boquillas Port of … Continue reading José Falcon’s in Boquillas del Carmen: Lunch, South of the Border

Falljökull Glacier: Moulin Bleu

In 1985, while working at a hotel in Valdez, Alaska, I took a hike onto the Worthington Glacier. The Worthington is just off of Richardson Highway near Thompson Pass in the Chugach Mountains. There were five of us, and we were in no way prepared to be on a glacier. We were just looking for … Continue reading Falljökull Glacier: Moulin Bleu

Hot Springs Canyon Trail: Sunset on the Rio Grande

Just like that river twisting through a dusty land And when she shines she really shows you all she can ~ Rio, Duran Duran   It was mid-afternoon when we pulled into the parking area at Daniels Ranch in Big Bend National Park. The ranch, located about a mile west of Rio Grande Village, is one … Continue reading Hot Springs Canyon Trail: Sunset on the Rio Grande