Author: Sam

  • Chapter 156: Road Trips and the feeling of Floating

    When I was a kid my family would take me and my brothers on lots of trips, and some of my strongest memories are from the river trips. We’d load up our van full of gear, strap one or two canoes onto the roof rack, and drive off somewhere remote to find a river. The […]

  • Chapter 155: Life is about saying yes to things

    A year ago today I married the most wonderful woman I have ever met. The following were my vows to her. I can tell you the exact moment that I realized I wanted to marry you. It was December 31st, 2010, about a year and a half ago, and we were riding up a chairlift […]

  • Chapter 154: The day I learned about Santa

    The following took place around Christmas, 1990. I was 8 years old. The Bells After struggling to fall asleep on Christmas Eve, eager to discover Santa’s bounty, I was woken by an unmistakable sound. It took a while to convince myself that I wasn’t dreaming, but the sound seemed to be coming from above me […]

  • Chapter 153: El Ruedo de la Malagueta

    I stumbled on the bullfight by accident. I was at the start of an 18 day trip to the Iberian peninsula and I was traveling by myself, hoping to do something my later trip partners might find repugnant. My research told me that the first week of April was early for bullfighting, so I had […]

  • Chapter 152: How climbing a mountain is like examining a patent

    The following was used as my law school personal statement, and is based on my post about climbing Gokyo-Ri We had hiked for a week through the Nepalese Himalayas to climb a mountain named Gokyo Ri. Less than two hours from the summit and the possibility of watching the sun rise behind Mt. Everest, I […]