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
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
Waking up in Moab on Day 4 of my adventure was something of a dream. Moab, Utah, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails for runners, bikers, hikers, and adventurers. And that’s just on the ground! Add the vertical adventures of rock climbing and you’re doubling the fun! The air was … Continue reading Amongst the Sirens: Falling for the Allure of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Words alone cannot do this story justice, so I will rely mostly on the pictures to tell this story of one day, 1 brewery, 2 national parks, 9 miles of trails, and 340 miles driven. I wanted an adventure and I found it carved out amongst the beauty of two of our National Parks. I … Continue reading An Amazing Day in Utah: 1 Brewery, 2 National Parks, 6 hours of driving, and 9 Miles of Glorious Trails
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!