Breaking up is hard to do: Me and my ongoing love affair with Monterey

Ahhhh Monterey peninsula, I just can't let you go…I know we’ve gone our separate ways, but like a little lost puppy I keep coming back. It’s not you—it’s me. Shhhhh—don’t say anything. Let’s enjoy the moment. Despite your icy waters and that you sometime wrap me up in your cool fog, your warm moments of … Continue reading Breaking up is hard to do: Me and my ongoing love affair with Monterey

A Simple Plan Part 2: Who Doesn’t Like a Little Last Minute Cramming?

My week in California flew by. It was about closing out five years worth of work and saying good bye to what had been my second family. Honestly, I didn't really want to think about it. If anything, I wanted to focus on the road ahead and my adventure the following week. This was like … Continue reading A Simple Plan Part 2: Who Doesn’t Like a Little Last Minute Cramming?

A Simple Plan Part I: Half the fun is getting there!

After nearly six months self-isolated and socially distanced, I finally traveled in mid-September 2020. The pandemic was still impacting the country and the world, but I had work that couldn’t wait any longer to accomplish. For four years I commanded the 303d Information Operations Battalion at Camp Parks in Dublin, California. We originally scheduled my … Continue reading A Simple Plan Part I: Half the fun is getting there!

Finding our footing once again: recharging with some much needed down time at Pickwick Landing State Park

After five long months with a more or less self-imposed lockdown & self isolation in Millington, the family needed a break. This time we set our sights on staying local and checking out one of the many beautiful state parks in Tennessee. Doing some research on their incredible website, http://www.tnstateparks.com, we managed to narrow down … Continue reading Finding our footing once again: recharging with some much needed down time at Pickwick Landing State Park

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