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…

Idaho Botanical Garden’s Winter Garden aGlow

One part of moving that you don’t really think about until the holidays roll around is family traditions. Some family traditions continue no matter where you live – when you open gifts, where you celebrate Christmas Day, what you eat, etc. Other traditions can’t easily be replicated everywhere. For example, it’s difficult to find a…

Garden Haul

This summer has been pretty amazing for our little garden. At the start of summer, we had plenty of peas, garlic, and herbs like cilantro, parsley, sage, dill and mint. But now we are keeping steady with pole beans, zucchini (so much zucchini), cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. It has been a real effort to keep…

The Perfect Game: 10 years later

Ten years ago today on a blistering hot West Texas night I pitched a perfect game. Everything was working: my 60mph fastball, my slider, my curve and even my nasty forkball in the dirt. It was a thing of beauty to watch. You see, 10 years ago is when I somehow convinced Veronica Sandate that…

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…