One of the benefits of being off on injury is that I get a lot of time for contemplation. I remember a lot, I get inspired, I relive memories, and I think about things that went right, and things that went wrong. Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, was looking back six […]Read more "That Time That I Learned to Climb (And Ruined Someone’s Date)"
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to give a talk to a middle school journalism class on my work as a freelance writer. It was a time not only that I got to reflect on my past and development, but to inspire a group of extremely bright children to follow their passion in a […]Read more "How Did I Get Here? My Story As A Writer"
I’m finally back, and I finally re-found the motivation to give this site the attention that it deserves. Admittedly the last few weeks have not yielded my most productive blogging time, and the transition from Miami to Seattle has had it’s rough patches. Things are starting to clear up and I don’t have any excuses […]Read more "Coming Together: Seattle So Far"
Mike Off the Map has gone quiet. Too quiet – and to my fans I apologize for the long wait in between updates. So what’s been going on? There’s been a long period of activity, projects for other sites, planning and executing trips and adventures, and I had little time to get back to my […]Read more "An Update and the Reveal of My Future Plans"
“Let’s go surfing!” My friend Melissa had eagerly been trying to get me to try surfing for a long time now. As a climber obsessed with the mountains i’d never been attuned to adventures on the ocean, strange for someone living in Miami. Surfing is a lifestyle in its own right. A sport that has […]Read more "Surfs Up! My First Time Surfing at Deerfield Beach"
The rain was pounding. The gray skies had opened up and the water hadn’t stopped falling for the last four hours. Our canoe weaved through the dense mangrove trails and we were cold and sopping wet. Trying to navigate through the dense weather, my crew and I were searching for the guide poles that led […]Read more "Deep Into Hell’s Bay: Everglades Canoe Adventure"
Spring break is a hallowed time for all college students where the possibilities for travel are limitless. In those ten days, away from books, exams, research and deadlines, many offer themselves to the idea of tropical destinations, adventure, or finding their own in a place rich in cultural and historical significance. However despite the destinations […]Read more "Spring Break Travel: Travel Farther, Spend Less!"
I’m going way too fast. My thoughts were racing as my snowboard careened down the crowded slope. Sure this was considered the green slope, but as a novice snowboarder, my control was based on luck, and stopping usually meant plowing into some unlucky skier. As I picked up speed, the snow, a fresh powder that […]Read more "On Thin Ice: A Snowboarding Weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee"
I’ve never been a firm believer in Valentines Day. It has always felt like an arbitrary holiday dropped after Christmas, just as that last holiday bill has been paid off. However, when the last chocolate sampler has been polished off, and the roses are well and soaked, it makes the perfect opportunity for shared adventure […]Read more "Find Love and Adventure: A Valentines Day Travel Primer"
See the world in green and blue See China right in front of you See the canyons broken by clouds See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out See the bedouin fires at night See the ore fields at first light And see the bird with the leaf in her mouth After the flood all […]Read more "New Year, New Travels: How To Maximize Your Adventures In 2012!"