Heart of Blandness: A Walking Tour of Silicon Valley

Walking is the only pleasant form of traveling by land. You need no special equipment, training, money, e-tickets, antidepressants, or Twitter followers. Whatever clothes you're wearing will do fine; a hat and shoes are optional. When I've got a few days to spend somewhere, I spend them walking around. So I spent a… » 2/28/14 5:44pm 2/28/14 5:44pm

The Remarkable Tale of Hunter, the Real-Life Rescue Dog

Wives and husbands come and go, children leave, friends fade into abstractions on Facebook. The dog is generally there for life, all of his or all of yours, whichever comes first. Hunter, who died Sunday night at home and surrounded by his people, was there for life. It was really his second life, which began when I… » 11/19/13 12:52pm 11/19/13 12:52pm

Hiking The Appalachian Trail In 4 Minutes

Kevin "Fester" Gallagher took six months to hike the 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine. Each day, he took 24 photos of successive steps. His film, Green Tunnel, consists of 4,000 physical slides scanned in and set to music, and provides the closest thing to physical exercise you're going to get today. It's also quite… » 3/10/11 2:50pm 3/10/11 2:50pm