Desert Desire: Arizona

I’ve always enjoyed my jaunts to Vegas and Palm Springs, but in the past few months I’ve sprouted a random fascination with the desert. It started last fall, when I ran a half marathon along the Las Vegas strip at sunset. Obviously, the strip is typically sheer chaos - but on this evening, it was completely different, totally shut down for tens of thousands of runners. It was a different kind of chaos. Running through Downtown Vegas, the desert’s eerie stillness really punched me in the face. For me, even amidst Vegas’s 24/7 action, the desert stillness persists.

A few months later, I did another run, this time through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson. The charm deepened…

Perfectly Portland

My best friend from childhood lives in Portland, and every time I visit her, or travel there for work, I’m reminded by how idyllic the city is. To this SF native, it’s a cleaner, safer, more easily navigable version of my hometown. I spent a long weekend bonding with Karen and enjoying a perfect Portland weekend.