The Great Outdoors

The Astronaut Button

So, This is What It Feels Like To Be An Astronaut… I discovered a nifty button that turns my Hyundai into a zippy little rocket. My driving experience hasn’t been the same since. I’ve been very happy since buying the… Read More ›

‘Yak Tracks

After the longest week in the history of man, Saturday morning rolled around. Tara and I were up bright and early. Our destination? Pactola Lake. We’d been looking forward to trying out our new kayaks ever since hauling them back… Read More ›

68 x 4

You know the great thing about camping? It’s forced relaxation! The hundred little things you could be doing around the house are nonexistent. Instead, there are hammocks to swing in, books to read, scenery to stare at. We did all… Read More ›

TickTalk

Tuesday was a weird day. It started with the weather. My parents had an early flight, so they left for the airport at 4:30 a.m., when Tara and I were still in bed. I was kind of half-awake, because I… Read More ›

People, People Everywhere

I guess it’s basically summer now. Maybe not from an astronomical standpoint—equinoxes and whatnot—but once Memorial Day rolls around, it might as well be. It’s when the tourists descend upon the Black Hills en masse. Tara is not a fan… Read More ›

Here, Bear, & Everywhere

Irrational(?) Phobia When we moved to South Dakota three years ago, I was relieved to learn there were no bears in the Black Hills. I have a deep-rooted fear—probably irrational—that I might get eaten by a bear. The Cascades were… Read More ›

Bucket List Sunrise

I’m not one for making bucket lists. The only time in my life I ever did, I came back from the hardware store with a five-gallon plastic pail because I needed something to transport water. Sometimes, I’m too literal for… Read More ›

Gray & White

Hungry for adventure, I pointed my car east on Saturday. The sky was bruised and swollen, like America last week. My destination? The Badlands. Tara had to go into work for a few hours and had chores to do after,… Read More ›