Mission San Juan Capistrano

One of the things I hated about living in the Seattle area was earthquakes and the constant fear of the big one. Since moving to Idaho, I realized now I mainly have to worry about man-made disasters – or droughts or wildfires I suppose – rather than Mother Nature trying to kill me. So, while…

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

What do you do when you visit Anaheim, Calif., but aren’t going to Disneyland? Well, besides joining 35,000 other Yankees fans to watch your favorite nine wreck the Angels, I’d suggest visiting the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. At the recommendation of a message board I frequent, my parents – Randy and Robbie – Veronica and…

Shoshone Falls

After a particularly stressful week of work, Veronica and I decided we wanted to get out into nature a bit. So on a random Sunday we drove to Twin Falls, Idaho, to check out Shoshone Falls. There aren’t a lot of waterfalls in our part of Idaho, and since we already visited Jump Creek Falls…

Jump Creek Falls

When I told my wife there was a waterfall less than 20 miles from our house, I don’t think she believed me. Nampa is, afterall, rather flat. Maybe not West Texas flat, but it’s in the ballpark. Plus it is a bit of an arid desert and only has water because of a massive irrigation…

Halverson Lake

I lived in Nampa for roughly eight years and yet never seemed to do any outdoors activities when I was here. And it is not because of a lack of things to do. I heard a statistic recently that 80 percent of all roads in Idaho are unpaved. If you want to get away from…

An afternoon in downtown Boise

When I told friends I was moving to the Boise area, the general reaction was not good. Jokes about it being a backwater, hillbilly state; or stuff about the white supremacists (wrong part of the state, jerks); or just not being as cool as the Puget Sound (well, duh!). But like I’ve been explaining my…