My final good bye to Monterey did not come at the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf or Cannery Row’s aquarium, but at the water’s edge. On cold gray, foggy morning I drove down to one of the many coves of Asilomar State Beach, parked, and walked down to the waiting tide pools. The sea was calm. It … Continue reading The Adventure Begins, a Final Good Bye to the Sea Otters, and I Quickly Find Out that Wally World is Closed
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?
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!
I fell. I fell hard. It hurt. And like that I was back to square one. What followed in the next few weeks after my fall in Shelby Forest was a trip back down memory lane as I dealt with pain, healing, and tried to maintain my sanity as the COVID pandemic rolled on through … Continue reading Continued Tales of Self-Isolation Part 2: Rolling through Recovery once again
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
Often when I write these posts I seek to focus on an exceptional trail run or cycling adventure. This post is very different; it’s about what I first assumed to be a normal day in Monterey. Sometimes in the midst of things you don’t realize how special a day is until time and space catch … Continue reading Not so average after all: how time and space transformed one typical Thursday into a friend’s grateful memory