A Brotherhood Forged in Bad Fishing – Intro

By Alex Cagle, I became friends with Clint at the beginning of 2014. At that time we were only loosely acquainted through the Christian Student Center at the University of Tennessee, but things would change over the next year. I needed a new place to live but couldn’t search until late spring which was cutting it close for the fall semester. Then a mutual friend told me that Clint needed a roommate. In early fall we moved into an apartment that we would share for Continue Reading →

Coastal Camping in Oregon

After a morning mountain biking through Northern California’s mighty Redwoods, the guys and I embarked on one of our most anticipated sections of the entire road trip. High hopes for the roads, beaches, and adventures awaiting us on the Oregon coast rattled around in our heads. Giant, rocky sea stacks; vibrant sunsets; and soft, rich sand beckoned. The first essential factor to success on the Oregon coast was finding a camping spot on the beach. There are numerous state parks along the Pacific Coast that Continue Reading →

Journey among Giants

Giants before us, above, below, and behind Green hands stretch far and wide Drowning the sun like an overwhelming tide Jurassic ferns sprawl out beneath The site radiates beauty beyond belief Red might stands tall against wind and time. Tire treads and footfalls mark our presence Blazing trail through ancient forest Naught but minuscule tourists Three of millions passerby The trees to our hearts we hold nigh But to the trees we are mere moments. Gliding by like flight Over hills, and along ridges Around switchbacks and Continue Reading →

Road Trip Reads – Part 3

For the one and a half years we roomed together, I could depend on Alex Cagle to answer “yes” when asked to accompany me on an adventure. From numerous poorly planned fishing trips to crossing the catwalk under a Tennessee River bridge, he was always up for new experiences. In this time Alex transitioned from a reluctant tag-along to an adventurous spirit who suggested and planned trips. For this reason, I have asked him to suggest three books to consider reading on your next road Continue Reading →

Santa Barbara: a storied past

Formidable, blue waves rolling in from the expansive Pacific Ocean. A leisurely bicycle ride along a winding river alive with jumping fish. Brilliant rays of sunlight bouncing off the Spanish Colonial style structures of downtown Santa Barbara. This sounds like the makings of a great story right? Well, not really. But our short time around the city was nice and relaxing—just what we needed after the Grand Canyon fiasco and a night in the desert. Before I get started, let me acknowledge that it has Continue Reading →