Ernest Hemingway changed my life

As I sit here writing this blog in my office (don’t tell my boss), I marvel at how something so simple as reading a book can change the course of your entire life. In a classroom about 150 yards from where I sit, I was asked to read Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls….

Silver Creek Nature Preserve

While looking for things to do on our drive to Ketchum, Idaho, for a recent camping trip I stumbled upon the Silver Creek Nature Preserve. The 1,300-acre preserve was created in the 1970s at the behest of Jack Hemingway, Ernest’s son. At the time, Jack was the commissioner for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission…

There is just something about that view

Add the Sawtooth Mountains to the list of views I’ll never forget. There is something magical about driving on a road and suddenly you get a stellar view. It can be of mountains or a skyline or water or a big valley. On a recent camping trip near Stanley, Idaho, we were rocking along Highway…

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…