Mammoth Bones & Leaves of Gold

I’m so glad it’s October. I love the double-digit months. Cool weather > warm weather in my book. Not that it’s gotten very cold around here yet, but it’s only a matter of time. It may not feel like autumn yet, but it certainly looks like it! I took Monday off to spend some time … Continue reading Mammoth Bones & Leaves of Gold

I’d Rather Avoid a 50,000º Sunburn

I've come to the conclusion that I need to better respect lightning. NING, not ING. I already have a healthy respect for lighting (as evidenced by our extensive collection of lava lamps and other sources of illumination, such as candles and flashlights and neon beer signs). It chases away the shadows and helps prevent me … Continue reading I’d Rather Avoid a 50,000º Sunburn

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 my own good. Saturday morning, though, I did a thing that would certainly count toward … Continue reading Bucket List Sunrise

Oh, Shoot!

Last week, South Dakota Magazine reached out to me, asking if I'd be interested in having a photo featured in their Photo Friday series. Umm, does a three-legged dog swim in circles?! I was both humbled and honored. I do like this shot. Specifically, the contrasting colors that play against one another. A lot of … Continue reading Oh, Shoot!

A Feast for the Eyes

Last night, after a day staring death in the face from atop a giant ladder (by the way, Tara often accuses me of being overdramatic, but I have no idea why!), I was craving comfort food. Something hearty and satisfying. Life-affirming, if you will. So I whipped up a batch of Southwestern Corn Chowder. It … Continue reading A Feast for the Eyes

Existential Meatloaf Crisis

I was chatting with my parents during our usual Sunday phone call yesterday and they asked what we were having for dinner. "Grilled meatloaf," I replied, and launched into this lengthy narrative about how you preheat the grill to 350º, leaving one burner off, and place the meatloaf on a sheet of aluminum foil over … Continue reading Existential Meatloaf Crisis

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 Hills, from Belle Fourche to Spearfish to Lead and Deadwood before … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Nation

Time Traveler Goals

I remember a shopping trip to Target about two months ago when we were stocking up on toilet paper. I grabbed one of those giant 24 packs but hesitated before putting it back on the shelf in favor of a 12-pack. I reasoned that would be plenty for the immediate future. Some people say if they … Continue reading Time Traveler Goals

Instaglory is Fleeting

A few days ago, one of my Instagram photos was shared by a site with a kajillion followers. Well, 80.8K, to be exact. To be fair, I think the "K" actually refers to "thousand" but that's a moot point anyway. It's still a lot of people! Washingtonexplored reposted a photo of a train trestle I … Continue reading Instaglory is Fleeting