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A Love Letter to my Readers

Dearest reader, You know me, but I probably don’t know you. Maybe you follow my Facebook posts or email newsletters. Maybe you enjoy my books, articles, or podcasts. Maybe you’ve considered sending one of your kids on a trip with me. Maybe you came to one of my talks, yet you and I never talked. I […]

2018 in Review

Welcome to my annual year-in-review post, where I answer the question: “Where exactly have you been, Blake?” It was another whirlwind year. Are you ready? I’m ready. Here’s the story. Germany & West Coast USA In January I found myself in Deutschland for love. This was an intense and magical period, filled with wintery bike rides, inscrutable […]

In Praise of the Low-Income, High-Purpose, High-Freedom Career

While considering where to take my career at age 36, I consistently find myself balancing three factors: Income, Purpose, and Freedom. In this blog post I share the notes I’ve written to myself on this subject. The Three Scourges of Modernity In developed western countries, I think many of us suffer from: Owning too much […]

Trip Report: The Sierra High Route (Part 2)

August 25th, 2018: My friends Julie, Fred, and I just finished hiking 140 miles of the Sierra High Route. This is second half of the report. Here’s the first half. Warning: Very long post with lots of pretty pictures! Recommended viewing on a larger screen. Quick recap of the first half: The Sierra High Route […]

Trip Report: The Sierra High Route (Part 1)

August 25th, 2018: My friends Julie, Fred, and I just finished hiking 140 miles of the Sierra High Route—what some call the hardest hike in America. Our friend David joined us for the first week. This is the report. Warning: Very long post with lots of pretty pictures! Recommended viewing on a larger screen. This […]