On Being A Conquistador of the Useless

Lionel Terray wrote a memoir titled Conquistadors of the Useless which became an acclaimed bestseller. Shortly after its publication, he died climbing in the Vercors near Grenoble, France in 1965. This dude was a mountain climber legend, he made so many recorded first accents on mountains across the world, and he’s remembered as a hero inContinue reading “On Being A Conquistador of the Useless”

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Removing the Training Wheels on the New Hobby

I have been busy. Not the busy with life per se, but more so with certain hobbies. They eat up my time, so I haven’t been blogging as much. I think its time to start sharing again. We (the sibs and I) picked up a new hobby, road biking, to go with the local climateContinue reading “Removing the Training Wheels on the New Hobby”

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“Supermoon” Over California Badlands

I wanted to share tonights adventure, but I will post more later about the where and the what, as well as the how cool it was. Right now, I wanted to let the images of the astronomical event in the surreal setting of Red Rock Canyon California State Park melt your mind away. The whole thingContinue reading ““Supermoon” Over California Badlands”

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Adventures With The (Ramadan) Moon Sighting Committee

Every year we go into a period that I call “The Moon Wars”- its the perennial Muslim calendar event, a sort of “I can piss further then you can” showcase except it involves whether or not to use the moon sighting method to begin and end the most holy of holy months in the MuslimContinue reading “Adventures With The (Ramadan) Moon Sighting Committee”

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The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley

I have gone all over the West Coast and the US, interacted with all sorts of people and have been inspired by the places I have visited. I have travelled abroad, visiting places on my way to Pakistan, all of which has been amazing. I imagined from these experiences that “adventure” and “inspiration” weren’t toContinue reading “The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley”

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Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises

Scrambling up a steep side of the Butte, I fumble for footing on the scree that made up the trail near the top of Saddleback Butte. The trail was simple enough until the summit came. The dark made it harder, but the sliver of light had appeared on the horizon, and I felt an urgent needContinue reading “Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises”

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Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail

“When you start walking toward something, remember that you eventually have to go back the way you came.” ~Me Past my front yard, out to the north-northwesterly direction, the hills are turning a rusty orange color. The entire desert has actually turned green, but that orange, only meant one thing: California’s state flower, the poppy, had got itsContinue reading “Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail”

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