We had intended to go to Iceland during the boys' Spring Break from school. Early March in Iceland would involve long nights (though days are lengthening rapidly, we would be there before the equinox), harsh weather. Temperatures along the coast aren't horrible, typically above freezing, which is warmer than I would have expected for a…Read more Iceland 2019 – Prologue
Way back in the summer of 2018, in the "before time", we could travel, and hang out in large groups. Remember those days? Ah, innocence. Little did we know... https://youtu.be/mlgaZRprj3A Day 3 on the Big Island started with that most fleeting of opportunities - sleeping in. We had an evening appointment requiring several hours in…Read more Hawai’i 2018: Day 3 – Swimming with Mantas!
A couple months ago, I was walking along at night. The wind blew cold and broken clouds obscured the Moon. Early-season frogs peeped sporadically, wishing it was warmer. It occurred to me then, walking through dark trees, what a privilege it was to be unafraid. Humans haven't always been so secure, and in many parts…Read more Top of the Food Chain
Zubenelgenubi!! If you're inclined to say "Bless You", or "Gesundheit", I thank you. But this particular outburst comes from the name of a star. Together with nearby Zubeneschamali, Zubenelgenubi form the "Claws of the Scorpion", and mean, respectively, just that - these awesome and fun-to-say names are derived from the Arabic word, Zubana (Scorpion), and…Read more Binaries (Astronomy: Week of 5/27/18)
One of the adventurer-authors I follow is a gent from Scotland, Alastair Humphreys. In addition to an impressive adventure resume, he has an artistic style that resonates with me - this short film, though it's in an environment completely foreign to me, does an outstanding job of capturing my own feelings with respect to the…Read more Wilderness – a new film – Alastair Humphreys