I’ve had a busy summer and fall of writing. I started in May with a trip to California for Coastal Living. My assignment was to write about the farm-to-table food scene along the Central Coast, from Santa Cruz to Big Sur. It was a tough assignment, eating all that delicious food, but someone had to do it! I was even luckier to have my wife, and our month-old son along for the ride. We started in Santa Cruz, and ate our way south, through Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur. It was great fun. That story was in the November issue of Coastal Living, with some beautiful photos by Jessica Sample. It’s also available online.
I’ve done some traveling for upcoming features, too. I was in California again in August, writing about the elite Concours d’Elegance car show for Coastal Living. (That story should be out next spring.) In October, I was in the Everglades, fly fishing for snook and redfish, on assignment for Rhapsody, the inflight magazine for United’s first- and business-class passengers. (I love it when my interests in fly fishing and journalism collide.)
I continued to write for Outside, about a high-end lodge on Peru’s Lake Titicaca that I’d love to visit one day, about a $450 bicycle floor pump that I could never afford, and about the new rules of maple syrup, which gave me an even greater appreciation for that nectar of the gods. I’ve got small stories in upcoming issues about yoga for men, Island Lake Lodge in British Columbia, and how to have your best winter ever.
I’ve also been writing about some of the research going on at The University of Montana. In late spring, I wrote about UM’s new Brain Initiative. Later, I wrote about UM’s School of Journalism turning 100. (The school began in 1914 when the venerable Arthur Stone pitched tents on the Oval because no classrooms were available. Incidentally, Dean Stone’s great great granddaughter was in my Current Events class this spring.) I wrote about a UM spinoff company that uses corn syrup to produce an eco-friendly dishwashing soap that may transform the industry. And I’ve got two upcoming stories about the economics of wolf depredation on Montana’s cattle industry, and a new technology that can search vast troves of legal documents.
It’s been a good year of interesting assignments, and I’m excited to see what 2015 brings.