Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment

February 14, 2018

THREE, TWO, ONE 
I recently discovered what Living in the Moment actually means. While to some, it can be as dauntless as swimming with sharks in the Caribbean, and to others it can mean a calming walk in a newly discovered trail. 

Read More

5 Beginner Yoga Poses to Start Your Day

5 Beginner Yoga Poses to Start Your Day

January 10, 2018

Your mornings set the day’s tone. In a perfect world, we’d wake up before the sun, meditate, head to an hour-long yoga class, and enjoy a yummy juice or coffee watching the sunrise. In real life, who has time for that?! While we may not be able to commit to an hour of practice, we can do something.

Read More

Bored and Brilliant

Bored and Brilliant

December 13, 2017

“Saturdays, holidays, easy afternoons, lazy days, sunny days, nothing much to do.”

Our individual creativity is under attack from our hyper-connected, over-scheduled, over-stimulated way of life. Research shows that problem-solving and critical thinking require letting our minds wander where they may. 

Read More


Thoughts from 39,000 Feet Up

Thoughts from 39,000 Feet Up

December 06, 2017

Last Friday, I sat in a window seat on a 5:00 am flight to San Diego, California. Tired, groggy, and in desperate need of caffeine, I turned my attention toward the window and pulled the shade up. What was revealed outside the window not only prompted a gasp but it physically awakened my body and my soul. 

Read More

Reforestation and Waterfall Hike

Reforestation and Waterfall Hike

November 28, 2017

“Combine the adventure of travel with the compassion of volunteer work” - Las Olas Travel

I’ve always had a passion for traveling, but even more so traveling with meaning. How do we make an adventure meaningful to not just ourselves but the people around us?

Read More

Fear not the Sirens of Lake Annecy

Fear not the Sirens of Lake Annecy

November 22, 2017

With the train screeching into the station, my two travel friends and I wiped the sleep from our eyes and unsteadily shuffled towards the exit doors. Stepping down onto the platform, I read aloud, “Annecy” which was written in several locations of the station.

Read More


Life is an Adventure

Life is an Adventure

November 15, 2017

Pura Vida, as they say in Costa Rica. It means Pure Life and it’s the perfect phrase to describe the wonders of life here in Costa Rica. Yes, I’m living the dream in Costa Rica! My first time visiting this breathtaking country I led a volunteer trip for two weeks with 15 students from Texas State University.

Read More

A Rejection of Time

A Rejection of Time

November 08, 2017

Lately, I’ve begun to think outside of time, outside of days. After all, time is a man-made notion. 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks in a year (save those nasty leap years), an uncertain amount of years in a life. The hard beginnings and hard endings of days and years are the catalysts of unhappiness.

Read More

I Love You, Mommy

I Love You, Mommy

November 01, 2017

Waking up to the beautiful rays of the Texas sun seeping into my room, my mom and I stretch sleep from our limbs. My phone displayed the time of 8:00AM. We had risen early and energetic for today’s adventures. The night before we had decided to take a day trip to a nearby natural area. 

Read More


Van Horn, Texas

Van Horn, Texas

October 11, 2017

Running virtually across the state of Texas is once again proving to be a challenge. With working, adventuring and recovering from the injuries sustained while adventuring, I am having a hard time getting in the miles and am pretty far behind schedule in both running and writing.

Read More

My Lowas

My Lowas

September 20, 2017

“The most alive is the wildest.” – HDT

After eight years, six continents, and hundreds and hundreds of miles, my hiking boots finally gave up the ghost.

The death of my Lowas was a little like losing a close friend. We’ve had so many memorable adventures. 

Read More

Q & A with Jeremiah Felsen

Q & A with Jeremiah Felsen

September 13, 2017

If you go to Kauai and just sit on the beach with your fruity cocktail, then you didn’t see what the island really has to offer. If you are seeking adventure and exploration, then we highly recommend going on a hiking tour with Kauai Hiking Tours. Founder and guide, Jeremiah Felsen, has a wealth of knowledge of not only the island but primitive backcountry skills.

Read More


Live Large Takes Kauai

Live Large Takes Kauai

September 06, 2017

“A life-changing week of experiences.”

“Pushing me outside my comfort zone.”

“Getting to know amazing new friends.”

This is what I heard from the incredibly impressive group of intrepid explorers that joined me in Kauai for a week of adventure. A Live Large trip to Hawaii is a little different than your typical tropical beach vacation. We journeyed beyond the edges way out in nature.

Read More

The Magic of Kalalau Valley

The Magic of Kalalau Valley

August 30, 2017

Kalalau Valley, located in the Na Pali Coast National Park on Kauai, Hawaii, is two miles long and two miles wide, making it the largest valley in the park. It’s a backpacker’s paradise, with streams that turn into waterfalls, pathways that lead to tree swings, and an assortment of fresh fruits for the picking along the way. Those who have traveled, or even lived there, leave this inspiring place with a sense of wonder and awe.

Read More

My Whole 30 Journey

My Whole 30 Journey

July 28, 2017

No one ever called me fat.
But I was woefully out of shape.
After more than twenty-five years of putting work and family ahead of caring for myself, I had grown from a scrawny college freshman into a typical middle-aged American man. At 44, my daughters asked me to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After researching the trip online, I wasn’t certain I could make it.

Read More


Millan Lives Large

Millan Lives Large

July 26, 2017

We have never spoken of our competition. Yet, when I am on island it is always a race to see who reaches the kitchen first. Making the morning coffee is an honor that goes to the earliest of early birds. I know my friend Millan takes great pride in beating me there. 

Read More

My Log Book

My Log Book

June 13, 2017

I’ve been SCUBA diving for over 25 years. Destinations have included The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Greek Isles, Hawaii, California, Florida, a mine in Missouri, and every divable spot in Mexico and the Caribbean. There were times over that period when I was very active and times when life got in the way and I was only able to get in one trip a year. Regardless, I have been religious about keeping a log of every one of my several hundred dives. It is my personal SCUBA history book. 

Read More

Random Encounters

Random Encounters

June 13, 2017

I was thirty minutes early and he was half-an-hour late.
That gave me time to drink three Belikens and make a new friend.
Dyonisa Acosta owns the beer joint at the bus stop where the Southern Highway forks; east goes to Punta Gorda and west heads to the remote villages of the Maya Mountains. It is a busy intersection. Buses and bicycles are the preferred means of transportation in this part of the country. That makes a bus stop beer joint a good place to relax and watch the world go by.

Read More


Second Impression

Second Impression

June 13, 2017

I have always wanted my own IMDb entry.
So when one of my grad school buddies told me he was making a feature length movie in Austin, I raised my hand to volunteer. Since I can’t act, I was thrilled when he offered me the position of executive producer. That sounded like an impressive title, but I soon came to learn that the role consisted of only one real responsibility – writing a check. 

Read More

See Life

See Life

June 13, 2017

At sea level, a person standing 5’10” tall can see almost three miles to the horizon. We were sitting on the steps of the palapa drinking coffee which put our eye level at about that height. The horizon to the east is a straight line, only broken by the outline of Twin Cayes.
I know what is beyond that horizon. 
I have been there.
It calls me to return.

Read More

Vitamin I

Vitamin I

June 13, 2017

Canadian heli-skiing is for expert skiers – or those that have a natural deficiency of fear or sense.

I survived six days of it with a group of five non-expert skiers aged 45 to 70. As the baby of the group I was one of two survivors that made it injury free to the final day (my seventy-year-old companion was the other.) We lost a person a day for the first three days with injuries to a hamstring, back and knee respectively. The damage I sustained was less obvious. I leave Canada with a massively bruised ego and a liver that has had to process massive doses of Vitamin I.

Read More


A Fish Story

A Fish Story

June 12, 2017

A fox walking on the beach had drawn him out of the cabin into the gray, pre-dawn light. The fire had gone out during the night, but the cabin was warm compared with the chill of the morning. He grabbed at his coat and hugged himself to suppress a shiver in what he thought was silence.

Read More

Ode to a Lift

Ode to a Lift

June 12, 2017

Downhill skiing can be a hypercompetitive sport. Even a little fun day on the mountain can turn into an exhausting and exhilarating athletic experience. The mega ski resorts are designed to maximize your pursuit of vertical feet. With high-speed quad and six-pack lifts, pass chip readers and other innovations, it is a high-tech business. 

Read More

Feeling Humble Up High

Feeling Humble Up High

May 08, 2017

Climbing a mountain is exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding. No matter how high it is, every ascent has some things in common. The anticipation grows as I climb higher, I become short of breath, and keep asking myself, “Why am I doing this again?” But then I reach the top. I am immediately reminded of why I love these exhausting (yet rewarding) experiences.

Read More



Join Us

Find out about upcoming trips, community events, new merchandise, and more!