Laughing Knees

Chemin de la Matûre Donkey

Listening for Pyrene’s Echo 4: Sanctuary Between the Rivers

(Please click on the images to see them enlarged) First part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 1: City By The Lake Second part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 2: A City In Pink Third part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 3: Village In the Mist Mountains were the reason […]

Lescun Bluff Tree

Listening for Pyrene’s Echo 3: Village In the Mist

(Please click on the images to see them enlarged) First part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 1: City By The Lake Second part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 2: A City In Pink Fourth part of the series: Listening For Pyrene’s Echo 4: Sanctuary Between the Rivers The tour bus zoomed […]

Sit Still and Listen

At the urging of Beth, from The Cassandra Pages, I am reposting a post I put up Facebook earlier today. It came to me while I was walking to the train station near my house: I’ve been trying to figure it out, why it is the “hiking” concerned with making miles and reaching summits has […]

Final Pack

Mid-Spring Japan 3-Day 2,000 Meter Mountain Visual Gear List

I’ve been deeply involved with ultralight backpacking for fifteen years now, starting with the first explorations with Ray Jardin’s “The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker’s Handbook”, through the heydey of Backpacking Light, making my own gear, getting to know some of the more well-known UL leaders like Glen Van Peski and Japan’s Tomoyoshi Tsuchiya and Hideaki […]

Sketch Houousanzan

Mountain Sketches: Houousanzan with Fuji

In 1998 my dear friend Sally and her boyfriend Jim came to visit me and my wife Yumi here in Japan. Initially we were supposed to walk the South Japan Alps, but due to a huge landslide that took out the road going up there, and time constraints at my job, we had to cut […]

Corded Tree of Life

Drawings 002

(Please click on the images to see them at their full size.) More drawings and sketches from my journals and sketchbooks.

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10 Years Today

(Please click on the images to see them at their full size.) Laughing Knees is 10 years old today! What started out as a way to express my rage and anguish at the Iraq War and Bush, gradually lost it’s fever and mutated into something much closer to my heart. It’s been a long, long […]

2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Windy Road

Country Walks (1)

(Please click on the images to see them at their full size.) Some photos from an afternoon walk in the summer of 2012, out in Chiba Prefecture, from Togane to Naruto. It was as always a quiet, lonely walk… quite a relief from the work earlier in the day, and the crowds of Tokyo.