In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ladybug Swarm in California!


No, it wasn't rain or hail on June 4 of this year - it was a mass migration of ladybugs over the Mojave Desert. Read about it here.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

May, 2019 was a strange Month for Weather In Northern Arizona


The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has released this unusual report for weather in May in northern Arizona. Believe me, I was aware of these conditions completing two Grand Canyon river trips during the month.

Monday, May 13, 2019

How the Moon Formed


As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing (July 20) renewed interest in studying samples brought back by Apollo astronauts has commenced. Read about that here.

Who knew anorthosite could be so instructive!

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Havasupai Elder Talks Geology


Rex Tilousi, the former chairman of the Havasupai tribe speaks on a BBC special report about his home. Watch the two minute video here.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100


Here is the latest blog posting from Dana Hunter on Scientific American about the Centennial of Grand Canyon National Park. My books and videos feature prominently.



Friday, January 4, 2019

The 10 Biggest Landslides in 2018

I subscribe to to The Landslide Blog, where reports and images of these interesting and deadly features can be found. They have complied a list of the 10 biggest landslides from 2018. See the report here.

I especially liked this image from Japan.