Life List Update As of 2023

Life List Update As of 2023

Since I was a child, I have always been interested being outdoors and observing other animals. However, birding is rarely a hobby that young children become interested in, so I did not begin formally keeping a life list of birds until the latter part of 

Redwood National Park Adventure

Redwood National Park Adventure

After clearing the snow and ice off the driveway, Apryle and I drove off into the darkness en route to Redwood National Park. After about 8.5 hours and 520 miles of driving we arrived at the Lighthouse Inn in Crescent City, California. Although it was 

Seattle Marathon

Seattle Marathon

I signed up for the Seattle Marathon for the second year in a row and essentially kept to a very similar series of events as the 2022 edition. On November 25th, Apryle dropped me off to pick up the packet in downtown Seattle, then we 

Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Skyline 30K

Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Skyline 30K

After my Wonderland Loop, I throttled down on the mileage and geared up for two relatively short steep races in North Bend: Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Trail Fest 30K. These races were the vision of my friend Scott Sowle and he and 

The Ruff

The Ruff

The Ruff has be on my radar for a few years, but I have never made the long voyage down to the Columbia River Gorge for such a short distance race. However, this year I signed up for The Ruff as a unique final workout 

Ohio Reunion Part III: Wetland Birding Adventures and Class Reunion

Ohio Reunion Part III: Wetland Birding Adventures and Class Reunion

On the evening of August 24th after arriving in Tiffin, I decided to drive north to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, where I hoped to bird the next morning. However, I heard on the radio that a tornado was spotted near the refuge and was headed 

Raising Chickens!

Raising Chickens!

On March 31st 2023, following a long run on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, Apryle and I went to a small farm in Fall City, Washington and adopted six little chickens. The six downy feathered birds fit neatly in a shoebox and when we arrived home 

Ohio Reunion Part II: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ohio Reunion Part II: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Following my Rocky River Reservation run, I continued towards the northern terminus of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Since there was a rain storm the previous evening, I assumed the waterfalls would be roaring down the Cuyahoga River Valley, so visiting waterfalls was the focus of 

The Wonderland Loop

The Wonderland Loop

I have wanted to attempt the Wonderland trail at Mount Rainier National Park since 2016 and after a brief discussion with Apryle on September 6th, we decided that September 8th would be a good time for me to give it a try. Even though this may 

Ohio Reunion Part I: Rocky River FKT

Ohio Reunion Part I: Rocky River FKT

I traveled back to my home state of Ohio for my fifteen year high school reunion on August 24th 2023. After stepping off the red eye flight, I headed straight for Berea Falls near my old college campus in order to pursue the Rocky River