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

One More Trail, 25 years Long, and Other Ramblings all the way back Home

Autumn 1995           It was the classic story of hanging with the cool kids. I was 20 years old, a third class cadet (aka sophomore) at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and two of my closest friends that fall were first class (aka seniors) in my squadron, the Mighty Barons, of Cadet Squadron … Continue reading One More Trail, 25 years Long, and Other Ramblings all the way back Home

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