About 30 years ago, I moved west. I had a little money, a carload of possessions and foggy ideas about nature. My plan was to find work, do a little backpacking, and move on. But I’ve lived here ever since, and I’m still exploring.

I stayed because I was lucky enough to find work, most of it in newspapers. Several years ago, I started to write about travel and the outdoors on a free-lance basis. I was a travel and outdoor writer at The Arizona Republic, then a member of the Republic storyteller team.

My work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Journal of Arizona History, New Mexico Historical Review, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, USA Today, and other publications. I have won several Arizona Press club awards in features beat writing, personality profile and short form writing. My stories on David Rhodes, a man living in a small Arizona ghost town, and the secret burial of Edward Abbey, were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.