Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

Few things are as depressing as waking up at 4:50 a.m., knowing your vacation is over and all you have left is a long day of driving. We planned to hit the road at 6 a.m. for the roughly 11-hour trek home. Factoring in an hour for stops—and given the hour we'd gain crossing back … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

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

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 kept hearing what sounded like thunder. I assumed I was dreaming, because there hadn't been … Continue reading TickTalk

If You Don’t Hear From Me, Check in with the Tin Man or Scarecrow

Have I mentioned the weather around here is nuts? OK, fine. But this is the first time I've mentioned it this week. One day it's summer, the next day it's winter. Case in point: Thursday, it was 85º and we had the A/C on. Friday afternoon the thermometer was stuck on 43º and we had … Continue reading If You Don’t Hear From Me, Check in with the Tin Man or Scarecrow

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 bitch slap, 2020. I'm on the fence about that name more … Continue reading Capturing Lightning

Getting My Griswold On – Day 4: Black Hills

Miles traveled today: 166.8 Total miles traveled: 1547.2 It's Technically Not "Stealing" Since I Didn't Pocket Anything I forgot to mention yesterday the one downside to my motel in Rapid City: a crappy wireless internet connection. For some reason I cannot log on through the Super 8 server, so I have to look for other … Continue reading Getting My Griswold On – Day 4: Black Hills