Category: Adventure

100 calories per ounce

When you’re backpacking, every ounce counts because each tiny bit of weight is magnified by the thousands and thousands of steps you’ll be taking!  And if there is any elevation gain in the hike then every ounce is magnified doubly! You’ll be burning a lot of energy and […]


Defend yourself – but against what?

Historically, I haven’t had many students express interest in competing in judo or Tomiki aikido competitions.  I’ve tried to carefully remain neutral and offer students the opportunity to do the tournament thing, but most of them seemed more interested in self-defense or self-development – what my teacher called […]

The problem of popularity

A week or so ago, I posted on our Roaming Parkers Facebook Group, a time lapse video taken by the Park Service of an unending stream of traffic entering Grand Canyon National Park in what looks like 4 lanes of traffic!  I made the comment that Edward Abbey […]

Kilimanjaro is excellent!

Last week I wrote about Kilimanjaro in pop culture and the likely influence that pop culture had in my desire to climb Kili. There is another pop culture reference that does not mention Kilimanjaro explicitly, but which I think bears greatly.  That is, believe it or not, Bill […]

Mere jujutsu

C.S. Lewis writes in his book, Mere Christianity , about the intersection set between the various Chistian denominations – the common ground of belief upon which we can all can agree.  Lewis proposes this “Mere Christianity” as a starting point for apologetics or evangelism or ecumenicism. Lewis is careful […]

The problem with fishing

“Fishing, if I a fisher may protest, Of pleasures is the sweetest, of sports the best, Of exercises the most excellent.  Of recreations the most innocent.  But now the sport is marred, and what, ye, why? Fishes decrease, and fishers multiply.” Thomas Bastard