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Up is Mandatory! A Father/Daughter Hike in the Grand Canyon

by Denis Faye | September 11, 2021

Five or six million years ago, the Colorado River started digging a gorge in a 270-mile stretch of what would eventually be known as northern Arizona. As the gorge grew, it carved through 1.7 billion years of rock. Countless trib

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The French Tractor Story

by Denis Faye | August 13, 2021

  Despite Marilyne’s instigation, the idea to buy a French farmhouse in the middle of a pandemic was mutual. While backpacking around Europe 21 years and a lifetime ago, I came across a French real estate gazette featuring

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Men Backpacking in Kilts

by Denis Faye | June 25, 2021

It took fifty-one years, but I finally got a tattoo. My inner left bicep now reads, “Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia, quam rara sunt.” It’s the last line of the book Ethica by a 17th century philosopher named Baruch Spino

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Just Shut Up and Camp: Our Hike up Mount Wilson

by Denis Faye | May 7, 2021

Marilyne and I have been hiking our way through the Pandemic with a small group of friends. Every other Sunday, we pick a new destination, and show up in separate cars, and keep our distance during the hike—although we do all mo

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The Mouth Behind the Mask

by Denis Faye | April 9, 2021

Last month I ran my second fake COVID-19 marathon, a self-flagellation ritual meant to keep me semi-sane as I wait out the pandemic. My first fake marathon happened last October. I ran along the beach from Torrance to Marina Del R

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True North: Running Route Planning for Neurotics

by Denis Faye | January 26, 2021

My German friend Patrick wants to do the Los Angeles Marathon this year on the 21st of March. Unfortunately, the race has been rescheduled to a more vaccine-optimistic TBD date in the fall. They also changed the route, removing t

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The Stupid Call to Adventure

by Denis Faye | January 14, 2021

Last Monday, I awoke to rain outside my window and a voice inside my head. Both beckoned me to do something stupid that day. They didn’t care what I did, as long as it left a mark. Fatigue suggested otherwise, so I shuffled to t

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The Fine Art of Getting Whacked in the Nuts

by Denis Faye | October 27, 2020

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a collective kick to the gonads for the majority of the human race. But if you’re reading this, here’s a crappy little silver lining for you: You’re not dead. Don’t get me wrong; I’m

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Life is like a bag of dicks

by Denis Faye | October 16, 2020

I’m a partial jerk. Not a complete jerk, since complete jerks tend to be too narcissistic to know they’re jerks, but definitely part of one—perhaps about 57% jerk. To the few readers who don’t already know this, I present

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Is It Safe? Five Steps for Running a Marathon, Man

by Denis Faye | October 9, 2020

  I ran my first marathon last Friday. Yay! Luckily, I didn’t follow in the footsteps of the first guy to try it, a Greek soldier named Pheidippes whom, word has it, died shortly after crossing the finish line. But still, runni

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