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…

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…

Abandoned Lime cement plant

There are few things as fun as exploring abandoned buildings. Something about nature retaking what belongs to it is fascinating to watch. I’ve driven past the Old Cement Factory, as we call it, probably a hundred times while winding through the canyon coming out of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon. Growing up in Seattle…

A Day in St. Louis

The last time I was in St. Louis was 1993 and the Great Flood of ‘93 was underway. Our car was one of the last to cross the Mississippi as water lapped at the sides of the bridge and the famed St. Louis Arch was unreachable as the base was under water. On my recent…

Battle of Fort Davidson Historical Site

When it comes to the Civil War, the Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly dripping in history. So when I was in Missouri recently I didn’t want to pass up the chance to visit a battle site. I have visited a few battle sites along the Eastern Seaboard and those tend to consist of a big field…