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

Time travel on the cheap: Stepping back 25 years with a bottle of Fat Tire, a few trails, and all the memories

            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

Tales of Self Isolation: Being reminded of the World’s Most Dangerous Track Club and a beer named after a legendary running tribe

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

The Calm before the Storm: Going home to say good bye and getting to know one’s own hometown

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

Kicking off the new year right: a time for New Paths, New Pilsners, and new Adventures with the Family

Happy New Year! I hope everyone survived the holidays in one piece (plus or minus a few pounds and a few scars)! Here at Paths and Pilsners I survived the holidays mostly unscathed…I say mostly because there were some real downs, but that can wait for another time. The point of this initial post-holiday, New … Continue reading Kicking off the new year right: a time for New Paths, New Pilsners, and new Adventures with the Family