Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Crazy Clouds

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One of the coolest skies I have ever seen.

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Nine Eleven

I remember this day, 16 years ago, like it just happened. I remember the fear, the uncertainty, the shock over what had happened. I also remember how people came together. I remember the salutes and tributes given to firefighters, paramedics and police officers. I remember unity in the face of tragedy.

It was a terrible day, but it didn’t stop good from happening.

And so, today I send prayers to the families and loved ones of the victims of 9/11…and remain grateful for, and in awe of, the bravery and sacrifice of so many in the aftermath.

Peaceful Paddling

My wife and I had a “staycation” of sorts this weekend…and it was everything we’d hoped it would be.

We’ve been on go, go, go mode for so long, it seems. This was an opportunity to recharge our batteries and just enjoy a few days together. As we sit here in continued relaxation mode afterward, both of us would tell you it definitely was worth it.

My parents are out of town for the week and so we went to their place for the weekend. They have a pool, the lake is nearby – why not? It was fabulous.

Granted, we were aided by essentially perfect weather. 70-something and sunny the past two days, with a nice little breeze in there at times. Amazing.

We did some poolside sitting (and napping), played a little golf,  sat and talked a lot, saw some friends for dinner one night. Simple pleasures.

What we did the most, though, was canoe. We spent probably seven or eight hours out on the water the past two days. Time well spent.

Sure, we threw our lures into the water in hopes of reeling in the big one while we were out there. But, fishing wasn’t the main attraction. Exploring a body of water I’d never really been able to before and getting to do that with my wife was a winning combination.

I’ve included a short video from one of the areas we were able to experience this morning. Hope you enjoy it at least somewhat as much as we did.

Peaceful paddling. Wonderful weekend. Batteries recharged. No complaints. 🙂

Train Trip

If you’ve never taken a long-distance train ride, I encourage you to do so. It’s a lot of fun, it’s relaxing…and it includes some beautiful scenery.

This short video is from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train. This train travels from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington and also Portland, Oregon.

The clips were taken in the vicinity of Glacier National Park, as well as other locations in Montana and Washington.

Enjoy!