Category: Outdoors

Aerial Photos: Our Little House on the Prairie

December 18th, 2014, 1 Comment

This was my first attempt to send up the quadcopter in winter. It’s challenging to take good photos of a snowy landscape anyway. Add to that the fact that the camera is flying, and it’s cold, which is hard on batteries and motors. I was rather amazed at how well it did!

Beautiful Earth

July 20th, 2014, 3 Comments

Sometimes you see something that takes your breath away, maybe even makes your eyes moist. That happened when I saw this photo one morning: Photography has been one of my hobbies since I was a child, and I’ve enjoyed it all these years. Recently I was inspired by the growing ease of aerial photography using […]


August 12th, 2012, 3 Comments

It’s been a hot year in Kansas this year. Really hot. Our average high for July was 101F / 38C. It’s also been extremely dry. So we haven’t had too many pleasant opportunities to enjoy a bit of an upcycling project I had with the boys. When we renovated our old farmhouse, we had two […]

26 Hours At The Creek

April 7th, 2012, 8 Comments

I’m back from one of the best experiences a father can have – a whole day with two happy boys. I took Jacob (5) and Oliver (2) camping with me out by our creek. This was the first time we’d camped there, and also the first time I’d taken the boys camping without Terah along. […]

Bicycling in Rain and Mud

May 21st, 2010, No Comments

I recently posted here about bicycling in the mud and rain, and got some good suggestions (and also on the icebike mailing list). I eventually decided to replace my current bike (Trek 7.3FX) with a Specialized Tricross Sport Triple. As I mentioned in the bike store, “it seems odd to spend this kind of money […]

Garmin Nuvi 500

January 3rd, 2009, 12 Comments

I’ve owned two different GPSs in the past: a Garmin GPS III, and the Garmin eMap. Both are based on similar underlying firmware. This week, I did some research on more modern GPS units and decided to buy a Garmin nuvi 500. Here’s my review. Overview The Garmin nuvi 500 is one of only two […]

Frozen Bicycling

November 18th, 2008, 8 Comments

Some of you might recall that I’ve been bicycling to work, about 10 miles each way. Over the last two weeks, I haven’t been able to ride much because it’s been too muddy. Today I rode to work. It was about 25F-30F out there, so this was my first below-freezing bicycle ride. It went OK, […]

Biking in the dark, 45 degrees F

October 31st, 2008, 6 Comments

I’ve been telling people that I plan to keep bicycling into the winter. I think about half the people I’ve told to don’t really believe it. And the last two weeks, I haven’t been able to ride to work due to muddy roads and scheduling conflicts. But today I did. I left while it was […]

Hurricane Bicycling

September 4th, 2008, 1 Comment

Wednesday I rode my bike to work. So, logically, Wednesday saw me riding my bike home from work. That was not the most pleasant task. I rode directly into some really strong winds — I figure about 40MPH — for 2.5 miles, and for the other 8, they were crosswinds. I checked the weather about […]

Bicycling to Work Update

July 16th, 2008, 10 Comments

Back in May, I wrote about starting to bicycle to work. My plan was to do that 3 days a week. My ride is 10 miles each way, with the first 2.3 miles on dirt, gravel, and sand roads. It’s been going well. Yesterday was the first day that the ride really felt easy. It’s […]

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