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
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
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
At the beginning of March 2020, as the country began to awaken to the dangers of the deadly Coronavirus and terms like “self-isolating” and “social distancing” came into vogue, I took a quick and important trip home to see my dad in Maryland. Just over two months had passed since his wife of 23 years, … Continue reading The Calm before the Storm: Going home to say good bye and getting to know one’s own hometown
Spoiler alert—this isn’t about rapid manatees, it is however, about a weekend spent in Manatee County, Florida while on a recent work trip to Tampa. (If you want to see a great video of a manatee attack check out a clip here.) Going in the weekend had all the making of something epic. Going out, … Continue reading When Manatee Attack: fighting off mud, tolerating a storm named Nestor and other misadventures one weekend in Bradenton, Florida
“Not even beautiful” my four year old’s opening comments as we entered the parking lot to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. “I read a book about it,” she replied confidently. And that set the tone for the Grand Canyon. Day 3: Anybody want to guess whose toddler threw a temper tantrum on the edge of … Continue reading “Not even beautiful.” Day 3, Checking out the Grand Canyon with a ticked off 4 year old, trekking some majestic trails in Flagstaff, and oh yes, finally a brewery!