Toyota Re-Releasing Iconic Land Cruiser 70

Toyota Re-Releasing Iconic Land Cruiser 70

Yeah, sure, okay, today’s cars are amazing, but it was a sad day when a computer became more important to their maintenance than a wrench. If I look at the Subaru engine tucked into my Syncro, I can still tell the flux capacitor from the hyperdrive, unlike in...
Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels

Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels

The tall blonde intern with endless legs who worked on the other side of the building quit to travel around the world. Time frame: one year, give or take. Well, I waited. Now we’ve been married 20 years. Don’t date a girl who travels,...
Spirit Shelter

Spirit Shelter

It takes some serious, high-level engineering to execute the ideas of a child. We have no idea if a kid influenced the design of the Spirit Shelter, but every pop-out, built-in, nook, and cranny of this blonde-wood shelter screams of a childlike imagination. It folds...
Gear and the Measure of the Seasons

Gear and the Measure of the Seasons

There’s no mistaking when summer ends in the high country: A storm sweeps through, pummels the leaves, drops the first snow, and it’s over. Here at elevation 220, latitude 33, longitude 117, the transition is more subtle. One day it dawns on you that it...
20 Favorite Bill Bryson Quotes

20 Favorite Bill Bryson Quotes

Bill Bryson has been masterfully writing travel books since the late 1980s (or the early ’90s, according to a lot of folks who weren’t impressed with The Lost Continent), always funny, always with plenty of chin-rubbing thoughtful observations and...