Shannon County is located in southwestern South Dakota and is the only county completely contained within the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Oglala Sioux. Natalie and I moved to the small town of Kyle in the north east of the reservation this July where Natalie will work as a 1st grade teacher in the Little … Continue reading

Camping in Oakland

San Francisco lived up the reputation that preceded it… “It’s amazing here!  Come visit!” “Eh, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Something about it; …there are a lot of crazy people.” “Oh dude, I really wanna go to San Fran!” “It’s magical, it’s where your Father and I got engaged!” It was disjointed, communal, free, and … Continue reading

The Sad History of the Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument is located in the far northeast corner of California. For the most part it is flat, dry, and hot. The landscape is infrequently interrupted by a heavily irrigated field of hay, slowly being mowed down by massive red machines with huge rotating cylinders of blades that strip the vegetation back exposing the … Continue reading

The Old Man and the Kite

We woke up warm, breathing humid air. Our legs sitting crookedly in the trunk; our heads and torsos resting on the backs of the folded-down rear seats. I squirmed in my bag as I returned to consciousness after an extra warm sleep in my Volkswagen. Bald Eagles abound on the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, an appropriate … Continue reading

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