The Call of a Dirt Road

What are symbols of progress in a civilization? I think you could make an argument for asphalt. We build paved roads to provide access and open up areas for economic and residential development. Given that asphalt is a marker for progress, why do I love getting off the asphalt and onto a dirt road? I…

Citizen Yellowstone?

There is an interesting movement afoot in the western world trying to grant natural features in our landscape legal status as citizens. I first came across the movement reading an article on OutsideOnline. New Zealand has granted one of its national parks, Te Urewera, status as a citizen of the state through the Te Urewera…

Ode to a Subaru

Does the car you drive define you? I doubt that is true in all cases, but one’s vehicle of choice can often reveal a number of things. A vehicle could expose the driver’s socio-economic status (though not always). A vehicle can also reveal our hobbies. Oddly enough, some people develop emotional attachments to their cars…