Paradise in the perfect form: Paths, Plunges, and Pilsners…and just one or two Mai Tais OR How I Spent my Summer Vacation (Because I’ve never actually had to write an essay on that)

sDuring my 20+ year career in the Army, I have been to a lot of really nasty spots (trust me there's a long list)...so you won't hear me complain about 2 weeks in Hawaii supporting an exercise. Now I had done a lot of the touristy stuff on the islands on previous trips. I wanted … Continue reading Paradise in the perfect form: Paths, Plunges, and Pilsners…and just one or two Mai Tais OR How I Spent my Summer Vacation (Because I’ve never actually had to write an essay on that)

Of Paths, Plunges and Pale Ales: My Tales of the Hawaiian Islands

Introduction There is an allure to the Hawaiian Islands that defies words. This magic exists somewhere between Polynesian culture and tropical mysticism, but it is an energy and aura that only those who have lived on the islands fully grasp. It stems from the melting pot of many cultures, religions, and nationalities which blend together … Continue reading Of Paths, Plunges and Pale Ales: My Tales of the Hawaiian Islands

Transitioning Here and There: Let me Catch You up on the Last Nine Months

I wish I could say the nine months since my return from California were a wonderous and magical time full of incredible beer tasting and amazing trails in western Tennessee, but they just weren’t. If anything, as COVID cases rose with the autumn and winter, we isolated and hunkered down once again in the closing … Continue reading Transitioning Here and There: Let me Catch You up on the Last Nine Months

Amongst the Sirens: Falling for the Allure of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Waking up in Moab on Day 4 of my adventure was something of a dream. Moab, Utah, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails for runners, bikers, hikers, and adventurers. And that’s just on the ground! Add the vertical adventures of rock climbing and you’re doubling the fun! The air was … Continue reading Amongst the Sirens: Falling for the Allure of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

An Amazing Day in Utah: 1 Brewery, 2 National Parks, 6 hours of driving, and 9 Miles of Glorious Trails

Words alone cannot do this story justice, so I will rely mostly on the pictures to tell this story of one day, 1 brewery, 2 national parks, 9 miles of trails, and 340 miles driven. I wanted an adventure and I found it carved out amongst the beauty of two of our National Parks. I … Continue reading An Amazing Day in Utah: 1 Brewery, 2 National Parks, 6 hours of driving, and 9 Miles of Glorious Trails