“Wildness is a necessity” ~ John Muir
Wildness is there before me with each mile. Time seems to move in slow motion. I've been out there on the road traveling north with my machine and I love it.
I call this ride, North by Northwest. On this trip, I would hit another milestone on my motorcycle as the odometer reads 125,000 miles. I stop for a picture with Mount Shasta in the background. Along the trail, there were some amazing places like Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier National Park, and the entire Redwood Highway along highway 101 from the tip of Washington to California. It was an awesome adventure ~ 8 days and 2,692 miles.
Many of you know that we lived and worked at Mount Rainier National Park for 2 1/2 years after returning from Botswana, Africa. Our daughter, Lori, was born in Puyallup, Washington. We were there when Mount St. Helens blew up in 1980. So this trip was a ride down memory lane for me, after 36 years.
Lately, I've been writing articles for RoadRUNNER Touring & Travel magazine. I choose them because of their professional layout, and the voice they provide to the motorcycle community. They produce both hard copy and digital magazines. I'm honored to be associated with them, a family-run business in North Carolina.
They have published four of my articles and more are on the way. I'm proud to say that the first article is about the National Park Service. On August 25, 2016, the NPS turned 100 years old!
When they asked me to write about some of the National Park areas that I've worked in, the stories were easy. Since I retired from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this became the first article. They wanted a bit of an introduction about me so that's included too. We'll see what follows in the months ahead.
My Motorcycle Tales got me here and I plan to continue my blog and some articles with RoadRUNNER Magazine.
The full story, North by Northwest, will appear soon in My Motorcycle Tales. You will not be disappointed, it is full of adventure ~ The wind, the open road, and my motorcycle.
Please follow the links to see my first published articles: