Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents' evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.
a man and a dog travel up a wild river in a canoe

Justin Barbour Finishes First Leg of 3,800km Northern Journey

Northern explorer Justin Barbour recently reported the first major...
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Artist's impression of Venetorapter gassenae, a predecessor of the pterosaurs.

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