Navigating the Sagebrush Ocean: Part 2

Navigating the Sagebrush Ocean: Part 2

The road markers drift past in rhythmic sequence, keeping the highway beat as asphalt stretches to the horizon and meets the sky. This time of year is a race with the sun, a battle to take advantage of every minute of daylight. Short winter days often result in more...
Navigating the Sagebrush Ocean: Part 1

Navigating the Sagebrush Ocean: Part 1

I wasn’t able to post in Changing Tides last week due to time spent traveling the first of two road trips. Driving across Nevada’s high mountain desert provided the opportunity to clear my head of day-to-day obligations and allowed for some much needed...
I Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

My early fascination for nuclear proliferation began after watching Stanley Kubrick’s classic cold war film, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Although the movie appeared in theaters in 1964, I watched it for the first time on our...
Rockin’ in the Freeze World

Rockin’ in the Freeze World

On a small arctic island, a rumble reverberated across the tundra as government-built houses rocked sideways. On Sunday morning, August 24, 2018, the Alaska Earthquake Center recorded a magnitude 6.4 earthquake fifty-two miles southwest of the village of Kaktovik....
Someone to Ride Shotgun

Someone to Ride Shotgun

Long, solo road trips not only offer the opportunity to enjoy new landscapes and people along the way—they also provide ample time to explore uncharted territory within one’s own head. It’s self-reflection “quality time” and a chance to allow thoughts to twist and...
The Trail Ahead

The Trail Ahead

Wayfinding along a precarious path requires planning, knowledge, and skill. A couple of other attributes also play large roles in successful navigation—patience and positivity. 2019 is a few days away and a new year begins. It’s time to celebrate the past year’s...
A Time of Reflection

A Time of Reflection

The Upper Truckee River is about a ten-minute walk from the back door of my Tahoe home. It meanders across a wide meadow where coyotes pop up like jack-in-the-boxes and descend upon field mice that scurry between blades of wild grass. The river widens, then empties...
Solar Energy Versus Increased Oil Leases in Nevada

Solar Energy Versus Increased Oil Leases in Nevada

Driving south on US Highway 95 toward Tonopah, Nevada, a brilliant light shining above the desert floor catches your eye. Stretching over six hundred and forty feet in the air, a solar tower collects sunlight from over 10,000 mirrors focused on its apex....
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