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Week Eight: A fairy tale

“Did you make it?” I asked. “No,” the teenager responded. “We were, like, a hundred feet from the top before things got too crazy.” “Well, good call. Better to be safe, of... read more...


Week seven: Pyramid schemes

The rising sun found a window in the cloudbank and used the moment to cast its rays through a curtain of raindrops, painting a small rainbow on the face of the Maroon Bells – ... read more...


Off the map: Week six, stolen glances

A solitary coyote yelped and howled in the distance, enhancing the stormy atmosphere of my hilltop campsite above the Arkansas River Valley. Across the flat river plain, the ... read more...


Off The Map: Week five, critter country

At the top of Rock of Ages Pass, a furry marmot scurried forth from a jumble of rocks, his nose twitching hungrily. I sat down between him and my pack, in case the rodent trie... read more...


Off the Map: Week four, washed up

Just when I thought the monsoon thunderstorm was finally ending, a surge of foamy water rushed down the road in front of me, skating across the surface of the already-flooded ... read more...


Off The Map: Week three – Mercury Rising

What was that thing? Getting out of the Jeep and poking the squirming mass with a stick didn’t help to clarify the issue. I flipped the creature over, identifying it as a ki... read more...


Week one: Fearless

“I’m coming in,” I warned Kitty, who was taking shelter in the tent from the droves of mosquitoes swarming outside. “Okay.” “Can my friends come in, too?” I teased. “No!” ... read more...


Off The Map: Hitting the Wall

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: A Walk in the Park

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: Hooked on a Feeling

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: Hunting Dragons

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off the Map: Versus the Volcano

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off the Map: A Piece of Cake

Oregon was spewing smoke, and the fumes from the forest fires were reaching down into the Trinity Alps of Northern California, making my plans for a backpacking trip seem misg... read more...


Off the Map: Bushwhacked

In the shade of the sycamores, a gathering of parents and children rested on the library lawn and clapped at the jugglers and stilt-walkers performing for their pleasure. Jus... read more...


Off The Map: A Powerful Thirst

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...



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