Seven Prompts and a Whopper of a Sunset

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a winter hike. It might look cold, but the temperature was actually about 50º. Little Elk Creek has become one of our favorite go-to hikes because the trail is mostly level with a gradual incline and the canyon is sheltered from the wind. It was a little slippery due … Continue reading Seven Prompts and a Whopper of a Sunset

Great Scott! Where’d All the Cold Air Go?

We were playing cards in the basement last night, classic rock spinning on the turntable, enjoying some gin (me) and ciders (her), when Tara made an observation. "It's not very cold down here," she said. I hadn't noticed, but as soon as those words left her mouth, I realized she was right. The basement is … Continue reading Great Scott! Where’d All the Cold Air Go?

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

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, so it was just me. Quite literally; I had the entire 242,756 acres practically to … Continue reading Gray & White

Thank You, America

Today feels like it has lasted approximately 47 hours already, and it's barely 3:30. Probably because I got up at 5 a.m., dropped Tara off at the airport exactly one hour later, and then drove an hour+ to Spearfish for a 7.5-mile roundtrip hike to the top of Crow Peak and back. And then I … Continue reading Thank You, America

Redemption By the Lake

I'll admit, after our less-than-stellar June camping (mis)adventure, I'd kind of cooled to the whole idea of camping. At least in a tent and/or outdoors (although...that's pretty much what camping is (blanket forts do not count)). Last week, I happened to be interviewing a company called Under Canvas for a client write-up. These guys are … Continue reading Redemption By the Lake

Funny-Looking Raccoon

Last Friday I was hiking the Skyline Wilderness trail before work, when I rounded a bend and came across this guy. What a funny looking raccoon! I thought, before quickly realizing that: A) It was not a raccoon, and B) There was nothing funny about the situation. In retrospect, sure. But we both stopped dead … Continue reading Funny-Looking Raccoon

“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 it was my idea!” Honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. … Continue reading “See You Monday!”

All Flamingos are Pink

When we were working in the yard last weekend, I asked Tara if she'd be opposed to adding plastic pink flamingos to our landscaping. As soon as those words left my mouth, I realized how absurd they sounded. Not because I have anything against plastic pink flamingos; their kitsch factor appeals to me in the … Continue reading All Flamingos are Pink