A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

By late May 2020 we were going stir crazy on our little base in Millington, Tennessee after another month of the COVID-19 pandemic. We needed out. On a Sunday morning in mid-May we decided to check out Meeman-Shelby State Park (better known as Shelby Forest), a mere 20 min drive from our house. I looked … Continue reading A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

Continued Tales of Self Isolation Part 1: Making the most out of COVID-19, social distancing, and plenty of time on my hands

As these days, weeks, and months rolled on I found solace in the repetitive nature each new day brought. While I enjoy new adventures, new discoveries, and new horizons to face, there is something to be said for Groundhog day: more or less repeating the same day over and over again. I lived through Groundhog … Continue reading Continued Tales of Self Isolation Part 1: Making the most out of COVID-19, social distancing, and plenty of time on my hands

Honoring Fallen Comrades this Memorial Day with a family run, old stories, the scent of magnolias, and of course good beer

On this Memorial Day 2020, I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of the brave individuals I had the honor to serve with and paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. I have been in uniform since 1993 when I first arrived at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in … Continue reading Honoring Fallen Comrades this Memorial Day with a family run, old stories, the scent of magnolias, and of course good beer

Time travel on the cheap: Stepping back 25 years with a bottle of Fat Tire, a few trails, and all the memories

            I believe in time travel. I’m not talking worm holes or Deloreans with flux capacitors or the infamous Bill & Ted phone booth, or even time traveling hot tubs.  I’m talking a lot cheaper than that, like the $9.49 (plus tax) variety. Of course I'm talking the price of a six pack of beer. … Continue reading Time travel on the cheap: Stepping back 25 years with a bottle of Fat Tire, a few trails, and all the memories

Tales of Self Isolation: Being reminded of the World’s Most Dangerous Track Club and a beer named after a legendary running tribe

In mid-March the Coronavirus pandemic was in full swing in the United States: states, counties, and cities locked down; schools & universities everywhere out for the foreseeable future; and stores empty of toilet paper (despite the fact that this bug doesn’t give you diarrhea). These were challenging and dangerous times unlike any I’ve seen over … Continue reading Tales of Self Isolation: Being reminded of the World’s Most Dangerous Track Club and a beer named after a legendary running tribe