Hey all. As I mentioned recently, I've been having fun with YouTube, just about as much as I have writing here. I recently had one of my YouTube buds ask about astronomy, and when I mentioned I write about it occasionally, he encouraged me to try to incorporate a YouTube adaptation... I was skeptical, but…Read more Astronomy Videos
One Year in the Blogosphere – Lessons, Trials, and Tribulations of a Social Media Noob
A year ago, I stumbled eagerly (and ignorantly) into this whole existence I call "Flying Squirrel Outdoors". My mission had nothing to do with blogging, or a social media presence - it was (and is) really about the observation that we are increasingly turning inwards toward things of our own creation. These things are, themselves,…Read more One Year in the Blogosphere – Lessons, Trials, and Tribulations of a Social Media Noob
Feuerzangenbowle – German Christmas Fire Wine! (Wilderness Chef #8)
A quasi-guest-post by my brother, Mike, here - we had the joy of sharing a Christmas celebration at his house this year (and for a good solid week, I've been completely absent from the internet!) I'd witnessed the creation of a Feuerzangenbowle before, but this time I was able to get some instruction, and video…Read more Feuerzangenbowle – German Christmas Fire Wine! (Wilderness Chef #8)
Downeast Maine, Part 4 (Final) – Oceanarium, and Points East
This is the last installment of our summer Maine adventure. (Hooray, the crowd goes wild!) At this point, I was facing a little bit of mutiny from the boys. "No hiking today". Well, we all have our limits. So instead, we went to the Oceanarium, home of the US's only lobster hatchery, and some good…Read more Downeast Maine, Part 4 (Final) – Oceanarium, and Points East
Thanksgiving Outdoors, with a Dutch Oven Turkey
If you're spending any time outside this Thanksgiving - hiking, camping, paddling... there's no need to pass on traditional holiday fare. Heck, even if you're not in the woods, this recipe yields a really tasty result, including the satisfaction of cooking over a fire! Equipment Let me just confess up front - a standard dutch…Read more Thanksgiving Outdoors, with a Dutch Oven Turkey
Downeast Maine, Part 2 – Whale Watching and Lighthouses
Part 2 of our Maine adventure, featuring a very foggy day in the Atlantic looking for whales, a short hike to Bar Island along the low-tide accessible sand bar that gives Bar Harbor its name, and various lighthouses. A note on the whale watching trip, through Bar Harbor Whale Watch: The touring company uses high speed,…Read more Downeast Maine, Part 2 – Whale Watching and Lighthouses
Downeast Maine, Part 1 – Acadia
Back in August, I posted a quick synopsis of a trip we took to the Bar Harbor, ME area. I'm finally getting around to reviewing footage from that trip and sharing some of the highlights via YouTube. Here's the first installment - a quick hit at some Acadia highlights: Thunder Hole, Otter Creek, Cadillac Mountain, …Read more Downeast Maine, Part 1 – Acadia
Orienteering – Step Up Your Navigation Game
What does this little snippet of a map mean to you? If you're familiar with topographical maps, it may be relatively easy to see a creek valley (blue line) with a wide bottom and intermittent flooding (blue shading, also known as a marsh). Brown lines show elevation contours that indicate changes in elevation, and close…Read more Orienteering – Step Up Your Navigation Game
Dayhike: Hawksbill, Shenandoah National Park, VA
Rising above the very deep valley of East Hawksbill Creek, Hawksbill is the tallest mountain in Shenandoah National Park, standing at 4,049 ft above sea level, and beating out neighboring Stony Man by 38 feet. Aside from its superlative height within the park, its dramatic prominence over its namesake creek (over 2,000 feet) makes Hawksbill…Read more Dayhike: Hawksbill, Shenandoah National Park, VA
White Oak River, NC
Far off among the trees, a pileated woodpecker drums on a dead snag. Turtles abandon their sunny logs and disappear into the dark water. Butterflies flit over a half-acre of pickerelweed, marsh mallow, and cardinal flower blooms, while a great blue heron stands in the shallows, looking to catch its next meal. The water, stained…Read more White Oak River, NC
Constant Change on a Tranquil Sea
I'm making up for some lost time with a rare double post! I wanted to share a quick video featuring a quick look at the southern barrier islands of North Carolina. I've never been one for lounging on a beach, but I do enjoy watching the constant movement - not just the waves rolling in, or…Read more Constant Change on a Tranquil Sea
Great Horned Owl – Territorial Call
A short post to share some audio! During the weekend camping and sailing last week, we had an early wakeup call at 4am, when a Great Horned Owl set up shop in a tree directly over my tent, and started making territorial declarations in a duet with another owl about 200 yards away across an…Read more Great Horned Owl – Territorial Call
Paddling With Dolphins!
Yesterday, we had a tropical depression ("TD Number Ten" - it never got a name) go over. Today, the ocean was relatively calm, and the clouds were breaking up. I made the attempt to get the kayak out through the surf and see what I could see. (It only took me two tries....) Once I…Read more Paddling With Dolphins!
I’m Almost Done Talking About the Eclipse – I Swear!
Just one more memento to share - I don't have fancy solar filters and didn't spend a lot of time capturing images (just a few of the corona that I've already shared). Likewise, there's probably nothing particularly unique about this. BUT, what I wanted to capture was the personal reactions, the building excitement, and the…Read more I’m Almost Done Talking About the Eclipse – I Swear!
Paddling Mallows Bay
In April, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson issued a challenge to his country. World War I was raging in Europe, and Allied shipping was being torn apart by German surface ships and submarines. As a result, the US churned out over a thousand wooden-hulled cargo ships in about 18 months. The war ended in November,…Read more Paddling Mallows Bay