An update for 2018

It's occurred to me that I haven't been good at writing posts recently. My last update was from May, and that was subsequently my last big hiking trip. Since then, I have been incredibly busy, and that means I haven't had as much time for fun. I did get out a few times this summer with the family. But there's…

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Jerry Johnson

We've gotten a lot of snow this winter. And then it got cold. Like, really cold. Night time lows below zero, and daytime highs hovering around 20. ┬áSo the only thing to do with this kind of weather is go swimming. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xz_UKNzjso[/embedyt] Last year, we took Clara to a developed hot spring near McCall and she loved it. This…

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December Update

When I started this site, I never expected to make daily posts. Weekly? Maybe. Monthly? Less desireable. I'm kind of ashamed that it's been three months with no updates, but there hasn't been much of excitement to talk about. There haven't been any big adventures this fall. I'm just plugging away at the Ph.D. thing, which has also made me…

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Camping at Hazard Lake

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPFgUQ-9cwA[/embedyt] In May we bought a new tent to accommodate our growing family on camping trips. I guess the two-person backpacking tent just won't do it anymore for thee people and two large dogs. So after we bought it, we took it out for its maiden test at a nearby campground. This summer was dubbed the summer of no…

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5000 feet

It snowed in Moscow for the first time this season on Thursday. And although the accumulation didn't amount to much in town, the mountains were turned white the next day. But two days of sunshine, and evidence of the snow is all but gone. The mountains around Moscow are back to their baren self. But at 5000 feet, winter has…

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Elk Creek Falls

I think I've mentioned Elk Creek Falls in passing, but haven't actually written a featured post about it. Elk River is a small outdoor recreation town (read: hunting & fishing mostly) a little over an hour east of Moscow. This small community represents the "end of the road." The paved road ends here and forest service roads pick up to…

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Latah County Fair

Clara loves animals. At home, she loves to pet the dogs and the cats. She tries to pet the chickens and gets all excited when we catch one and bring it over to her. She loves saying hi to the goats and touching the horses. So we brought her to the Latah County Fair where she could look at and…

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Yes, I’m still alive.

It's been a long time since I've posted anything here. The purpose of this post is the reassure you that I'm still alive and kicking. There haven't been many adventures and photo outings this winter for a number of reasons, the least of which is that it's been a pretty lackluster winter in terms of snow fall. But I've also…

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Introducing Clara

  On Thursday, June 19, my 32nd birthday, Erin woke up having contractions that were 10 minutes apart, give or take a minute. This persisted through the morning. By the afternoon, the contractions had gotten closer together. We left home around 2:30 and an hour later, we were at the birth center in Moscow. Clara would have been born at…

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Flight Paths

[map style="width: auto; height:400px; margin:20px 0px 20px 0px; border: 1px solid black;" maptype="ROADMAP" gpx="http://www.mineral2.com/wp-content/uploads/Flights.GPX"] If you don't already know me, I have a thing for maps and geography. It's an absolute delight to see the landscape from the air. I've been bringing my GPS with me when I fly, mostly to keep track of flight progress and to identify what…

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What might the native prairie have looked like?

It's hard to imagine what America's prairies looked like when they were unspoiled. Today, more than 95% of our prairies and grasslands have been repurposed for agriculture. The last remnants are so highly fragmented that it's a fight to keep non-native invasive species from taking over. Prairies and grasslands were once thought to be ecological wastelands, a monoculture of grass…

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An update on the Hawk Owl

It's been over a week since a Northern Hawk Owl was spotted hanging out across a busy street from a shopping mall in Moscow, Idaho, but the bird is still here and reliably seen in the same locations. I've now seen the bird four times and may continue to watch and observe it until it is no longer a novelty.…

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The latest hype in Moscow

[caption id="attachment_428" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Northern Hawk Owl[/caption] The latest rage in Moscow, Idaho is the sighting of an immigrant that shouldn't be here. A Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) has been spotted in Moscow across Rt. 8 from the Safeway parking lot. The earliest sightings on eBird show that this individual has been hanging around since Tuesday, reliably in the…

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Look what I found

[caption id="attachment_415" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Long-toed Salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum[/caption] Since we finished the interior of the house, it was time to clean up the garage and start moving everything back inside. This was also a good time to start tidying up the yard before winter hits. Last weekend, we took down an old dog house that we were using to raise…

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The New Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_422" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Kitchen before renovations.[/caption] Three months ago, we had some pipes leak in our kitchen that caused some damage to the flooring and the cabinets and resulted in us basically getting a brand new kitchen. We contacted State Farm to see about getting any coverage, and thankfully, they agreed to help cover some of the damage.…

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October Update

Where has time gone? It's already October, which means I missed out on September. Well, I didn't really miss it. I was busy with a graduate school ritual known as the preliminary examination. Prelims are, without a doubt, the most stressful event for a graduate student. You might think it's writing the dissertation or even giving your final defense. The…

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