The anthology which includes my story, "The Road to Wounded Knee," is due out from Travellers' Tales this August. You can order a copy here.
"As we rolled across the Pine Ridge reservation line, swollen gray clouds sagged in the sky, ready to break. We passed a billboard reading, Catch the winning spirit at Prairie Wind Casino! A thick purple bug splattered on the windshield, black skid marks veered off the road in front of us, then we hung a right on Snake Butte Road. Occasional dirt driveways branched off the main path and disappeared into the prairie. Wooden crosses stood taller than any house in sight, and long-abandoned homesteads had been weathered down to splinters in the dirt. Other structures resembling homes with makeshift tin roofs appeared at random, and I would have wondered if anyone still lived in them if not for the old Ford pickups in the driveways..."
2012 started off huddled around a bonfire in Laos with seven other backpackers. We passed around a bag of dehydrated sockeye salmon and a bottle of champagne, sharing what we each hoped the new year would bring. A challenging thought when I didn’t even know what city I’d be sleeping in the next night, or any night as far as I could see. "Discovery," was the only word that was both honest and vague enough that I could stand behind it. And as it turns out, that's exactly what the year brought.
2012 was a year of surprises, vagabondism, uncertainty, profound happiness, and working my ass off. I got six new stamps on my passport, took sketchy buses to places I hadn’t known existed, climbed Bali’s highest volcano in the pitch black night with a keychain flashlight, and motorbiked through remote Vietnamese villages. Halfway through the year I came back on staff at San Francisco magazine, seeing it through an ambitious head-to-toe redesign and acquiring the travel section and Weekender blog. I also started writing for Sunset and Via magazines.
And just before the year’s end, I got my motorcycle license (well, it's for a scooter). This week our January 2013 issue dropped, with a cover story I'd worked on for the better part of the end of 2012. If it's any indication that 2013 is to be as good as this year, then bring it on. I only hope the new year brings just as many adventures as this year did.
A few highlights from 2012...
Munduk, Bali Cat Ba, Vietnam Whitefish, MT
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand Anza Borrego, CA Ubud, Bali
Two of San Francisco magazine's best covers: Vernon Davis (July) and Rose Pak (December).
Happy New Year!
It feels fitting, in my whirlwind life, that within two weeks of returning to San Francisco from the jungles of Southeast Asia, I would find myself taking on the exciting and frantic task of assisting with a head-to-toe redesign of San Francisco magazine. This isn't just any redesign, either--we have a new editor-in-chief, deputy editor, style director, and art team, so our off-Broadway office has been filled with a new attendance of creative muses. Plus, we've recruited redesign guru Margaret Swat for what's proving to be some amazing new visual concepts. Currently I'm heading the research department, pulling inspiration from some of my favorite publications and tapping into my genetically San Francisco ethos to help fill the edit slate, in addition to bringing some semblance of order to the creative chaos. We go to press this Friday, two weeks later an all-new San Francisco magazine will hit the stands--so be on the lookout!
Two of my newest obsessions are Ram's Gate Winery (a contemporary design dream come true!) and Redd Wood (finally--stiff cocktails and pizza in wine country!). You can read about them in my pieces for San Francisco's July Best of the Bay issue, along with a profile on 19-year-old tech mogul Sahil Lavingia and a piece on how to get in touch with your inner Bear Grylls without leaving SF.
*Sparkling brut at Ram's Gate Winery & fontina/lardo pizza and ricotta/mint agnolotti at Redd Wood.
Oh, and I've also taken up the fantastically capricious hobby of collecting vintage Depression Glass and gave my Nob Hill apartment garden a casual al fresco dining makeover (fingers crossed for a warm summer).
PS--Keep an eye out for my article in Sunset magazine's July issue!
For the 2012 spring issue of San Francisco Brides, I scoured the Bay Area to find the best spring cocktails using local garden-to-glass ingredients. (I also photographed the cocktails, which was half the fun.) Each of these cocktails come from some of the best mixologists in SF. All have a completely taste, are relatively easy to make, and perfect for spring and summer festivities of any kind. Read the article and get the recipes
I also contributed a
to this issue, about one couple's journey to the alter.
My contributor's bio for the issue:
Working out in the Bay Area is rarely boring--within a short drive (or run) there are loads of mountain trails, beaches, bike paths, yoga studios, and climbing gyms. But recently, things have taken an even more fun turn: Not only are daily routine options continuing to diversify, spirited endurance courses are quickly becoming California's favorite workout--and we're doing them with friends, while having fun. In San Francisco magazine's January issue, we look at some of the most social, fun, and hardcore workouts in the spotlight. It was almost as fun editing this feature as it would be to participate in many of these activities, like Tough Mudder (who knows--maybe that's on my horizon this year). And it was a pleasure working with writer Jaimal Yogis, the writer of the piece. Hope you enjoy! Read the full article
This year, I'm embarking on some serious travel adventures. First, eating and caving in Thailand. From there I'll bus it through Laos, motorbike through Vietnam, climb the largest volcano in Bali (at night), then explore Taiwan. Beyond that, my passport is wide open. We'll see if I survive, first. During my travels I'll be writing for the Huffington Post, which you can follow
, and Tweeting pictures. I'll also be freelancing for a few magazines, but more on that later. Bon voyage!
The Blue Angels this year, taken on the Sausalito ferry.
For San Francisco magazine's October travel feature I fled the country for a couple weeks (purely for research sake, of course). First I hopped a flight to Mexico to explore the relatively new resort Capella Pedregal and discovered the enclave edging the Pacific is nothing like the Cabo I'd seen in Facebook albums. Then I headed north to Canada to test the supposed best snow of the Rockies at Banff National Park's Sunshine Village for our cover story. After a few days playing in powder above the tree line, and flirting with black diamonds on my way down the Continental Divide, I can say with confidence this place has my vote for a winter escape. I was also surprised to find the quaint mountain town of Banff also has an exciting new culinary scene. Read the whole feature
Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas.
Lake Louise, a short drive from Sunshine Village.