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 […]

We Are Plains People, And Our Music Has Tornadoes

April 26th, 2009, 3 Comments

There’s little that scares Kansans more than a good tornado. And, truth be told, there’s little that excites us more than a good tornado, either. After all, we know it’s going to be good for a story. Here on the plains, it is easy to remember how powerful nature really is. Weather sweeps in from […]

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 […]

Two New Arrivals

September 7th, 2008, No Comments

There are some things you just wouldn’t want to do without living in the country in Kansas. A lot of rock on your driveway. A good view of the sunset. Neighbors with tractors. Some way to get rid of trash and recycling. Some friendly outdoor cats. That last item is there because there are a […]

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