Category: The Great Outdoors

Beware of Offhand Comments

Tara is headed out of town for eight days today. That’s a long stretch—pretty sure the most time we’ll have spent apart since we got together—but it’s for a good cause. She’s going to Nevada to pick up our boat. “Our boat,” you say?…

Pretty In-Tents Weekend

First off, let me state for the record that I love camping. In theory. Often though, the reality doesn’t match up to the picture you’ve painted in your head. I’d been looking forward to this weekend’s getaway ever since I booked the reservation on…

Capturing Lightning

Tropical Storm Cristobal will make landfall today, and I don’t know how to feel about that. I’m not referring to the high storm surge and possible destruction it will cause throughout the Gulf states. Of course those are bad; thanks again for yet another…

“See You Monday!”

So. I’m going back into the office tomorrow. Not full-time. It’ll probably just be for a couple of days a week, working from home the rest. One of my coworkers asked me how I felt about coming back, and I replied, “Pretty good, since…

This Old Sardine Can

I hope you’re enjoying your three-day weekend! Unless you’re reading this in a country that doesn’t celebrate Memorial Day. In which case…happy just-Monday. It’s been a busy few days. Knowing we were tackling a major project, I wanted to ease into the weekend, so…

Not-So-Dandy Lion

As you might recall, I recently channeled my inner landscape architect in an attempt to convert a jumbled pile of rock and dirt into something more visually appealing. This little plot next to our stoop (I was outvoted 15-0 in the online poll…thanks for…

When Stalking Pays Off

Friday was my one-year anniversary with Ye Olde Media Company. Weird to mark the occasion without being in the office, and weirder still that I wasn’t even in my home office. Instead, I was galavanting around the Black Hills “on assignment,” researching and photographing…

Hector & the Polar Vortex

This weekend felt normal(ish) for the first time in ages. Saturday morning, we went out to breakfast. At an actual restaurant. It’s funny how something so routine that we used to take for granted felt like an absolute novelty. It wasn’t exactly like the…

Journey to the Center of the Nation

Thursday, I took a field trip to the center of the nation. Don’t worry, it wasn’t far. Only about an hour from home. That stop was the beginning of a seven-hour day that would take me on a giant loop through the northern Black…

Dying to Tell You About This Dream I Had…

A friend whom I Slack with regularly was rather disturbed on Friday after dreaming that a coworker died. I know the feeling! I had a similar dream once. It’s weird enough having dreams about people you work with even when they’re alive and well….