PADDLING OUT: 31st Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest

The Santa Cruz Paddlefest is always a highlight of my year! The gathering of the paddle surf tribe in Santa Cruz, CA, to surf the world-class waves on offer at Steamer Lane, is a special time and place to be alive. The Lane always seems to deliver the goods for the competitions, but every once in a … [Read more...]

SNAPSHOT: Death Valley

The massive 2016 "super bloom" in Death Valley NP was quite possibly a once in a lifetime event. I feel so privileged to have been able to see it first hand. I wrote a story about the last second overlander gathering that I pulled together to see it last year over at OutdoorX4.com: THE SUPER BLOOM: … [Read more...]

2016 EXPLORING ELEMENTS: Year In Review

2016 was full of adventure on the road less traveled! I've now lived the nomadic North American overland lifestyle for over 5 years, with glimmers of change in the air, as international flights have already been booked, and the possibility of a home base on the east coat to launch adventures further … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Mosko Moto Backcountry Cinch Strap

Mosko Moto Backcountry Cinch Strap MSRP: $34.99 (per pair) SIZE: 6'11" (per strap) WEIGHT: .7 lbs (per pair) Yes this is "just" a fancy cam tie down strap/cinch strap. Yes they are more expensive than the cinch straps you can pick up at your local box store. Yes the Mosko Moto Backcountry … [Read more...]

SEMA 2016: The Jeep Invasion Continues

I once again went about trying to capture a photo of every Jeep at SEMA this year. I managed to find 211.5 Jeeps at SEMA 2016, only one more than the 210.5 spotted in 2015. For the 7th year in a row the Jeep JK won the SEMA Hottest 4x4-SUV Award. The plethora of Jeep vehicles at the show just hints … [Read more...]