Firefly: Adventures of an accidental firefighter
Monday, April 12, 2021
Hiking in the time of corona
A little over a year ago, I stopped trusting some of my friends, and they probably stopped trusting me. Being a first responder, I didn'...
Saturday, April 3, 2021
(more) dumb stuff I've done in the woods
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the woods, here I am again, doing more dumb stuff! Actually, you're pretty safe: most of the...
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Dumb stuff I've done in the woods
People often ask my advice about hiking trails. They want to know where they should go, what the conditions are, what they should take. I m...
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Retirement: Social media vs. reality
I've been retired almost three months, and if you were to peruse my Facebook account, you might think all I do is hike all day, every d...
Thursday, March 11, 2021
The season of indecision
Here in the mountains, it's not really winter, but not quite spring. We're used to packing all sorts of things no matter the season...
Thursday, March 4, 2021
wandering in the fire lookout graveyard
Anyone who has been reading here for awhile knows that I really like, ok might be a little obsessed with, fire lookouts. There's someth...
Thursday, February 25, 2021
I saw one of the firefighters at the gym. "I thought you went to South Carolina," he said, referring to a group of people who had...
Thursday, February 18, 2021
In praise of the non-alpine start
I dreaded it on my mountaineering trips: the rustling sounds, the tent zippers coming open, people stomping around, usually at midnight or ...
Thursday, February 11, 2021
The local life
One thing that kept me going through all the years of overtime, employee supervision, and having no real summers for over 30 years was the ...
Thursday, February 4, 2021
The hotshot crew raved about our employee Gary (not his real name; apologies to Garys everywhere), when we sent him with them on a fire ass...
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