recommended: once while traveling.

Anyone who has attended my lectures knows that I am a strong advocate for getting out and seeing the world.  If you ever need any inspiration to do just that, I recommend picking up a copy of Once While Traveling.  It is the story of the adventurous minds behind the indisputable masters of the guidebook, Lonely Planet.  It’s at once a global adventure as well as a wild ride along the ups and downs of building a business with the most unlikely of entrepreneurs.  Good reading.  I highly recommend it.

monuments.

I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration.  Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here).  It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.