Category: Outdoors

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 […]


June 4th, 2008, 12 Comments

Terah, Jacob, and I went camping last weekend. Terah had asked me what I wanted for Father’s Day. I thought for just a second, and said “camping!” She looked like she regretted asking. But it has been a year since our last camping trip, so off we went. We went to Marion County Park and […]

How to Start Bicycling to Work

May 24th, 2008, 6 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about bicycling to work, pointing out that it’s a safe, inexpensive, way for many people (including office workers without access to showers) to get to work. There were a lot of thoughtful comments there too. Today I’d like to provide some tips for getting started commuting on a bicycle. As I’m just […]

Bicycling to Work

May 23rd, 2008, 13 Comments

We hear a lot these days about the price of gas, energy efficiency, and the like. But, in the United States, outside of a few progressive cities, there aren’t a lot of people that are using the ultimate zero-emissions transportation technology: bicycles. That’s really too bad, because bicycles are a lot cheaper to operate than […]

A Smart Gas Tax

April 29th, 2008, 11 Comments

The recent announcements by McCain and Clinton of their support for a temporary repeal of the Federal gas tax make me sick. More on why later, but first, I want to put forth my idea. I think both Republicans and Democrats would like it — as it’s based on market principles and achieves a reduction […]


February 27th, 2008, No Comments

About a week and a half ago, I had to call in to work. The conversation went about like this: Me: I’m going to be a little late today. I’m stuck in the mud, but I’m still on the road. Other end: (Laughter).. *ahem* I’m sorry, but that sounded really funny. From our house, we […]

Ice Photos

December 17th, 2007, 4 Comments

For those of you wanting to see some pictures from the recent ice storm, here you go. The morning: This bush sorta got short and flat: A tree branch: And another: Then, at noon: Then the snow came: If you have trouble finding the driveway… well, good thing we’ve got reflectors. The rental generator that […]

A Clarification

December 13th, 2007, 4 Comments

You may remember my post Monday in which I told Mother Nature to “bring it on”. I would like to clarify that remark at this time. I would have preferred Mother Nature to interpret this in the President Bush sense of “please don’t hurt us”, rather than the “let’s just knock out power to the […]

The Story of One Barn

August 30th, 2007, 4 Comments

About 80 years ago, a Kansas family — the Janzens — built this barn. About 60 years ago, my grandparents moved onto the farm. Their cattle were kept right here. I remember Grandpa’s red tractor being parked in the barn. So many memories have this barn in the background. We had a visit from one […]

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