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Did You Enjoy Your Story?

Did You Enjoy Your Story?

Baltimore, Maryland. Is it possible to be happy with this life?  If Gnarly Bay Productions has anything to say about it, true happiness can be found in the wilds of Chile, from the great Atacama to the Pacific coast and remotest Patagonia. In their short film A Story for Tomorrow, we join an adventurous young […]

Our Blue

Our Blue

Baltimore, Maryland.  “I wake up every morning thinking of my blue.  No matter where I’m going, I’m headed straight to you.”  So begins the tribute to Our Blue – our watery mother ocean. Created by a team of Red Sea divers known as Tank Bangers, the melodic compilation is the latest in a series of […]

Big America: White Sands at Sunset

Big America: White Sands at Sunset

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Desert terrains often have an other-worldly character to them, but White Sands in southern New Mexico is in a class of it’s own. Ever-moving dunes of pure gypsum sand cover an ancient lake bed for some 275 square miles of desert basin. And these dunes are white as snow. […]


Big America: Bighorn Sheep of the Grand Canyon

Big America: Bighorn Sheep of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Sure-footed, graceful and family-oriented, the bighorn mountain sheep (Ovis canadensisis) is an iconic image of the American west. Associated with durability and ruggedness, the sheep are nonetheless not always easy to observe in the wild. Regular residents of the Grand Canyon, the sheep are only infrequently seen by park staff […]

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Today was a day of crossing deserts and state lines.  Parched, dry landscapes and obscure Americana dominated our voyage east on this leg of our cross-country journey.  Escaping California offered little relief in terms of change of barren landscapes, although the appearance of giant solar farms was a welcome first.  […]

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Barstow, California. Today’s theme was energy. The first day of our cross-country road trip started with high hopes and enthusiasm along Monterey’s verdant Pacific coast. It ended in fatigue in the Mojave’s brown and bone-dry desert expanses. Boca, who’s doing all the driving on the trip, didn’t make it onto the Monterey Peninsula until around […]


Meet Boca

Meet Boca

Del Rey Oaks, California.  Boca lives in Melbourne, Florida.  He surfs, rides motorcycles and has a semi-professional career of bailing his friend Arlo out of tight spots.  His first Twitter bio read “I don’t like to talk about myself, I’ll let my actions and friends do that for me.”.  But don’t let that fool you, […]

Big America with Boca & Arlo

Big America with Boca & Arlo

Welcome to the Tweet-pedition! On October 14, 2011, two life-long friends – Boca and Arlo – are going to set out on a one-week, cross-country road trip from Monterey, California to Melbourne, Florida, taking in and reporting on America along the way.   It’s a journey that’s been made many times before, perhaps even by you.  […]

A Pirate Looks at 40

A Pirate Looks at 40

Marina, California.  I’m a pirate.  I’m 4o.  Today. Enjoy the song.


Pursuing Happiness. With Less

Pursuing Happiness. With Less

Marina, California. Everyone hates moving, right?  I sure do.  So, getting prepared for my upcoming cross-country move, I found this TED talk from Graham Hill absolutely inspiring.  Hill, founder of Treehugger.com, reminds us that sometimes the more we have, the less happy we are.  Less can be more, and de-cluttering goes a long way towards […]

Leaving California Behind

Leaving California Behind

Marina, California.  It’s official.  I’m leaving California.  In two weeks time, I’ll be relocating back to Florida. For much of my life, people told me that I belonged in California.  They told me I had that California laid-back vibe and attitude, and that I’d find it a land of kindred spirits.  And as my environmental […]

Bugling in the Wilderness: The Elk Rut

Bugling in the Wilderness: The Elk Rut

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  The sights and sounds of autumn – changing leaves, cooling weather, pumpkins and Indian corn.  And… the bugling of elk.  Each year around the autumnal equinox, elk (Cervus canadensis) of the Rockies come down from their high altitude summer feeding grounds and swarm into the low elevation areas of Rocky […]


My Friends, the Sea Lions

My Friends, the Sea Lions

Moss Landing, California. With the impending prospect of my leaving the Monterey Peninsula, and perhaps California altogether, I think what I might miss most of all are my lively Pinniped friends, the sea lions.  California sea lions Zalophus californianus are a nearly ubiquitous part of day-to-day life along the coast of Monterey. They occupy vacant wharfs, […]

Deep Ocean Base Jumping

Deep Ocean Base Jumping

Marina, California.  Check out this beautiful video of world champion freediver Guillaume Nery plunging into Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, the deepest blue hole in the world.  It was filmed entirely on breath hold by the French champion Julie Gautier. It’s a great example of art, human athletics and the ocean’s natural beauty coming […]

10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown "Shark Fins Must Go"

10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown “Shark Fins Must Go”

Marina, California. For California, this is a moment of truth. Will you retain your role as a global leader in ocean conservation and sustainable use? Or will you turn your back on the future of sharks and, in consequence, both the ocean and ourselves? Many organizations, advocates and plain ole’ regular Californians have been working […]


Who has @Klout in the Ocean? The Top 10

Who has @Klout in the Ocean? The Top 10

Marina, California. Klout, the rising standard for influence in social media, has slowly been releasing access to its cross-platform lists of influence on specific topics. Eventually to be made fully accessible to the public, top lists have been leaking out on their blog for some time now, including one on “The Top Online Travel Influencers” […]

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

Marina, California.  Sorting through last year’s footage, I came across this little clip in which I was asked “What do you love?”.  I get a little tongue-tied and repetitive in my response, but the short answer is wilderness. And wild, wild, wild places.  Which are beautiful.  And I love them.  With wild animals running around.  […]

When the Fog Clears

When the Fog Clears

Marina, California. Every year in the Monterey Bay as the summer fog season tapers off, jellies show up in massive numbers. The reason is pretty simple. The fog is generated by the summer sun hitting frigid cold water that bubbles up from the deep sea through a process called upwelling. This water from the deep […]


Upwelling's Foggy Disposition

Upwelling’s Foggy Disposition

Marina, California.  California’s Monterey Bay is home to one of the planet’s most active upwelling regions.  Seasonal winds moving across the ocean surface cause frigid-cold, nutrient-rich water to bubble up from the deep ocean.  This physical oceanographic process is largely responsible for the abundant wildlife that has made the Monterey Bay famous as a spectacular […]

Speaking Up For The Blue

Speaking Up For The Blue

Marina, California. A few weeks back, Andrew Lewin of Speak Up For the Blue asked me to talk with him about a blog post I wrote concerning the incarceration of climate activist Timothy DeChristopher. Andrew divided this interview up into five blogs posts. You can check them out on the links section below this post, […]

Change is in the Air - Seaweed, Seaweed Everywhere!

Change is in the Air – Seaweed, Seaweed Everywhere!

Over recent weeks, scientists and resource managers in such diverse places as Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and Sierra Leone have been reporting unusual incidents of seaweed washing ashore in massive quantities. The seaweed is a type of brown algae known as Sargassum, which commonly drifts on ocean currents of the North Atlantic and Gulf of […]


Rise of the Lionfish

Rise of the Lionfish

Marina, California.  It’s no breaking news that the red lionfish (Pterois volitans), a native to the Indo-Pacific, is making itself comfortably at home as an invasive transplant to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  After first appearing on Atlantic reefs about a decade ago, the fish is now commonly encountered throughout the region, leaving little […]

What if we create a better world for nothing?

What if we create a better world for nothing?

Marina, California. Saw this great comic on Facebook yesterday and had to share it with you as a blog post. It’s by cartoonist Joel Pett and beautifully illustrates that there are a million reasons other than “the sky is falling” to respond to climate change, reduce fossil fuels and make the world a better place. […]

Easy There Tiger...We Need Sharks

Easy There Tiger…We Need Sharks

Beqa Lagoon, Fiji.  “Teen reels in 874-pound shark” was a headline in yesterday’s Pensacola News Journal.  But after reading the article and visiting the comments section I thought a more appropriate title might have been “Boy slays beloved ancestral god. Locals rejoice, but still scared of their own shadows”.  People both love and fear sharks, […]