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

When Manatee Attack: fighting off mud, tolerating a storm named Nestor and other misadventures one weekend in Bradenton, Florida

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.” 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!

“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!

Cross Country Odyssey Rolls on. Day 2: beating the heat for a run, it’s all a war of attrition with a little time poolside, face to face with dinosaurs and a really really long car ride to Flagstaff.

Day 2: it’s a war of attrition. Let’s be honest here, when traveling with little ones the key is to tire then out so they sleep as long as possible while driving. Day 2 came pretty close to this as we played all morning and took off for Arizona mid-afternoon eventually getting in late, but … Continue reading Cross Country Odyssey Rolls on. Day 2: beating the heat for a run, it’s all a war of attrition with a little time poolside, face to face with dinosaurs and a really really long car ride to Flagstaff.