What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Hey all! Welcome back, and thanks for your patience. It’s been a busy few months, for everything except writing. I hadn’t planned on taking the summer off from posting, but that’s how it wound up. A quick catch-up, then I’ll fill you in on what’s next for Off the Rails. The North Park Book Fair... Continue Reading →

North Park Book Fair

Hey all! Next Saturday, July 17, I’ll be participating in the first ever North Park Book Fair. Hosted by Verbatim Books, North Park Thursday Market, and North Park Main Street, it’s an open-air street fair for book lovers, with two blocks of books, zines, and comics, as well as literary art, food, and live performances... Continue Reading →

Mojave National Preserve

Hello all! Hope everyone is planning a safe 4th of July holiday weekend that doesn’t include lighting the Western U.S. on fire. Myself, I’m heading to Mojave National Preserve for two days of field survey, because that’s the type of thing you get to do as an archaeologist in southern California. I’ll be examining “guzzlers”... Continue Reading →

What I’m Reading

When I travel to a new place, especially somewhere I’ll be for a few days or an area I’m exploring in detail, I like to bring along a book about that area to help me get to know it better or just get myself more deeply situated in the place. Sometimes it’s history, like in... Continue Reading →

Off the Rails in Texas

Just checking in from the road as I retrace the routes of the San Antonio-San Diego "Jackass" Mail and Butterfield Overland Mail across Texas. I've spent the last two days touring the forts built by the U.S. Army to protect the road, and have even had a chance to hike a few remnant sections of... Continue Reading →

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