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Category: Nature

Bravo California!

Many people’s knee-jerk reaction to the recent ban of plastic drinking straws was to heap ridicule upon California’s state officials for overreach and for being trivial. At first glance, a plastic straw may seem insignificant, but it is actually an important issue. A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE! Single-use plastic […]

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Leave no Trace – Leave what you find

Scouts have, since their beginning more than 100 years ago, been involved in conservation and stewardship and naturalism – but there are lots of things that Scouts (and indeed all outdoorsmen and naturalists) have done in the past that might not be exactly kosher in today’s environment. There’s […]

Our journey to the brainforest

Our bucket lists are not just full of adrenaline jockey types of activities like parachuting or mountain climbing.  There are tons of other activities in there too – some more sedate, some more cerebral activities.  Our bucket lists are really more about experience and becoming – not just […]

View from the Astoria Column

This photo totally deserves a blog post of its own!  This is the view from the observation deck of the Astoria Column. No, not that photo, though the Column itself is impressive and it sets off my rustic good looks nicely – I was actually talking about this […]

The Eagles of Long Beach

While we were in Washington State to hike at Mount Saint Helens, we spent a couple of days playing on and around Long Beach, where we got our first glimpse at the Pacific Ocean! Something else that we saw, though not for the first time, were Bald Eagles […]