Category: Stories from the road

My friend the Sea Lamprey

Sea Lampreys are bad news. They’re a parasite that latches onto the side of fish, using their alien-like suction cup mouth to break down skin and feast on blood. They’re just a minor annoyance to whales and sharks and other massive creatures in the oceans, which is where lampreys are typically found. But they’re not just in the oceans anymore.… Read more →

On the road in Missouri

I typically have a fantastic experience in small, out of the way places. The best fish I’ve ever eaten in Houma, Louisiana. The surprising mural behind a chicken restaurant in Huntsville, Texas. The phenomenal singing voice of the hotel desk lady in San Simeon, California. Big cities are great, but small towns will always surprise you. Which is why, when… Read more →

Firefighting

To say it’s overwhelming is an understatement. The Richardson wildfire ripped through Northern Alberta, burning up a chunk of forest the size of one-and-a-half Prince Edward Islands. A handful of days after the fire ripped through and here I am standing right smack dab in the middle of it. Blackened trees stretch as far as the eye can see, like… Read more →

Flying Fast

I’ve flown on enough planes to know the safety procedures by heart. Please identify your nearest exits, your seat doubles as a life vest, get your own mask on before helping others. But this flight was different. It started with the pilot, Steve Turner, making sure that I physically could open and close the doors in case of emergency. Those… Read more →