Pink Tape

I have a bad habit of not checking trail conditions before setting out on a hike. Had I done so, I’d have known before we drove 2+ hours on Saturday that our destination, the Indian Heaven Wilderness, was closed due to wildfires in the vicinity. I also have a bad habit of not learning from past mistakes, … Continue reading Pink Tape

Huckleberry Haul

Recently, Tara and I were in an upscale grocery store in NE Portland. She'd grabbed several pricey bars of dark chocolate and, suddenly worried that she might be spending too much money, turned to me and said, "Do you think it's ridiculous to spend $16 on chocolate?" Glancing at the expensive tins of Jacobsen sea … Continue reading Huckleberry Haul

The One That Didn’t Get Away

I like to think of myself as an outdoors person. After all, I get out into the wilderness often. I love hiking, have done a fair share of geocaching, and don’t let a little thing like seventeen hours of nonstop rain ruin a camping trip. I have a backpack stocked with survival and first aid … Continue reading The One That Didn’t Get Away

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Want to see a grown man cry? Show him a hot shower after he's gone two and a half days without. When there are 54 hours worth of whiskers on his unshaven face and every stitch of his clothes smells like a campfire. Tears of joy, mind you - but tears nonetheless. The good news … Continue reading Drip. Drip. Drip.