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EV Versus Gas SUV: The Numbers Don’t Lie

EV Versus Gas SUV: By the Numbers 2016 Subaru Forester: Holds 534 kilowatt hours of energy. About 464 miles of range. That’s .868 miles per kWh. 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV: Holds 40 kWh of energy. About 144 miles of range. That’s 3.6 miles per kWh of energy. I am going to lay out some information…

Pivin Loop

VIDEO: The Pivin Loop and Papago Park

The Pivin Loop at Papago Park has become unbelievably fun over the past few years. It didn’t even exist until a few years ago when the City of Phoenix decided to — without public input — plow the existing singletrack trails. There was plenty of howling and gnashing of teeth (including myself). Some people wanted…

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TSA: “Your Pants, Sir, Are a Problem”

I’ve heard some really silly stuff from TSA employees lately, but this one about my The North Face pants really takes the top prize for being ridiculous: “These might not be the best pants to wear to the airport since they’ve got all those zippers and a lot going on.” My pants had just set…

Lightning Scottsdale Arizona (Photo by Justin Schmid. Commercial use without permission is not allowed.)

Lightning Over Scottsdale

I don’t usually do photo-only posts. But I snapped a nice shot from the nighttime storm that rolled into Phoenix. I’m not sure if this is actually a monsoon storm or not … but hey, call it what you will. It’s something besides hot, dry and sunny. This shot of lightning over Scottsdale is probably…

Mead – The Coolest Thing in Prescott

For the last five years, I’ve predicted that mead will be the next big thing. I’ve expected it to lure craft beer and wine drinkers alike. But damn, it hasn’t happened. Few people know what I’m even talking about – if you’re one of them, mead is a super-tasty beverage made from fermented honey. It…

A Look at Beliefs About the French

I don’t highlight passages in books. I just don’t. First off, it makes a mess on my Kindle screen. And usually, I don’t know — the spirit just doesn’t move me. But a passage in They Eat Horses, Don’t They? by Piu Marie Eatwell had me scrambling for a highlighter. Unfortunately, a pen was the…

A Traveler’s Tribute to His Cat

Coming home is one of the best parts of travel. Yes, I love a good adventure. I love the sights, smells and sounds of an unfamiliar city. I love seeing a forest filled with creatures I’ve never encountered before. But my favorite foods, my own bed and – most of all – my most-excellent cat…

Monti's

Last Day of Monti’s La Casa Vieja

People call Phoenix and its satellite cities an area without a past, shucked of history, a collection of pass-through transients. The closing of Montis La Casa Vieja on Monday splinters another link to the past — and the deed will be complete when most of it gets bulldozed to make room for a high-rise development in…

What’s Belize Like?

If you’ve ever wondered “What’s Belize Like?”, the latest entry in my “What’s it Like” series has the answer. Belize in a Word: Narrow OK, what do I mean by “narrow?” Well, it means that Belize has a narrow range of appeal. If you’re going there for food or beaches, prepare to be disappointed. I found…

Asia’s Novelty Act – Me!

I’m curious about South Korea … and it seems South Korea is just as curious about me. From news television crews to young women asking me to pose for photos, I cause a stir everywhere I go. Here are some encounters that will give you an idea of what it was like.

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