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Off The Map: A Walk in the Park

Editorís 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

Editorís 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

Editorís 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

Editorís 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

Editorís 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 Week Three: Pick Your Poison

Editorís 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: When The Rivers Run Dry

The glorious Santa Ynez River was gone. Its wide riverbed, formerly a no-manís land of marshes and swiftly-flowing tributaries had been reduced to a few struggling pools withi... read more...


Off The Map: Week One: The Saturation Point

Rain. Rain. More rain. This was not the homecoming I had in mind. Back in Southern California, we could go a respectable five months out of the year without rainfall, but her... read more...


Off the Map: Week 13 - Pass or fail

As a plan, it seemed reasonable on its surface. Over two days I would hike upstream along Convict Creek to its icy headwaters, find some way to cross over into the nearby McGe... read more...


Off the Map Week 12: Spring cleaning

My performance on the slopes of Sonora Peak was underwhelming. I was breathing hard and felt sapped of vitality, which did not bode well for the more ambitious hikes Iíd plann... read more...


Off the Map Week 11: Burning the night away

The gorilla and his bride-to-be stood at the end of the pier, hand-in-hand, as the presiding official put the megaphone to his lips and began the ceremony. ďDo you, Tuffy, tak... read more...


Off the Map Week 10: Turning the corner

What seemed like a powerful dust devil at first now had the look of a small explosion. A quarter-mile down the road, a column of dust swirled and billowed up from behind a bli... read more...


Off the Map Week 9: Out of gas

I knew there was no chance I was going to make it to a gas station in timeÖ might as well just enjoy the ride.† After passing what seemed like the fifth exit in a row without ... read more...



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