Hello! I used to be a guide and teacher, now I’m a writer, photographer, and editor working in fields of adventure, travel, humor, history, and more. I’ve published four books, many articles, and several blog series for publications like Canoe & Kayak, Adventure Cyclist, Falcon Guides, Skyhorse, Adventure Journal, Paddling, Duct Tape Diaries, and others.
By strange quirks of chance, I’ve chased adventures, jobs, degrees, and affordable living situations, with my wife, across the entire U.S., roughly along the 37th parallel. Originally from California, I’ve spent extensive time living in and exploring the American West, the Ozarks, the Southeast, and parts abroad.
Along the way, I’ve become a whitewater and wilderness guide, a river researcher, a kayaker, a writer, a mountain biker, a college teacher, a pretty-bad skier, a photographer, a shaky-legged paddleboarder, an editor, a shaky-legged packrafter—much of my work is related to these ongoing adventures. Please visit the following pages for links to my work:
I regularly share images via my Instagram feed @mikebezemek
My PHOTOGRAPHY site has images collected from various projects.
PUBLICATIONS has links to some selected stand-alone pieces.
Under BLOGS, in the menu above, are links to: WEEKEND EXPEDITIONS and REGULAR PADDLER, REMARKABLE WATERS, two ongoing series about paddling sports for Canoe & Kayak; LIKE SEX IN A CANOE, a satirical review series on sh*tty beer; and ROVING RIDER, a digital series about bike-packing. My personal blog is Hot Mess of an Adventure Writer Tells All: Confessions, Lessons, and Mishaps from the Field.
Under BOOKS, in the menu above, are links to descriptions for two guidebooks: Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route (Oct 2018) and Paddling the Ozarks for FalconGuides. TWIT LIT CLASSICS is a new series of humorous literature companions, including #Moby-Dick and #Frankenstein. More information and short works of classic twit lit can be found on the project website twitlitclassics.com.
My ABOUT page has an official bio.