Archive for October 2008

Favorite Costume

October 31, 2008
Two canoeists

Two canoeists

I must say that my favorite costume isn’t really a costume. This is how we dress in real life. Happy Halloween!

Outdoorsy-Type Wannabe

October 30, 2008

I’m an outdoorsy-type wannabe. I want to be like those adventurers who paddle the entire Mississippi, who backpack for miles along the Superior Hiking Trail, and who look forward to their annual Boundary Waters canoe trip. I admire people who can portage a canoe over their head, who can live out of a 25-lb. backpack, and who are willing to cross-country ski in zero-degree weather. Yep, I’m a wannabe.

But it’s a challenge. I can’t identify poison ivy, I’ve never successfully started a campfire, and my hips ache when I sleep on the ground. Plus, I don’t know how to tie any of those special knots, and when it’s cold out I’d rather stay inside.

It wasn’t until the last few years that I began to engage more in outdoor activities. Now I am on this two-legged journey to enjoy and protect nature. It’s a gradual process and I’m taking baby steps toward gaining the knowledge, skills, and gear of an outdoorsy-type.

Welcome to EcoStrides

October 30, 2008

My new blog is called “EcoStrides: Enjoying and protecting nature one step at a time.” Come along with me as I venture into the great outdoors and try to lead a greener lifestyle. I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for over a year, so I have quite a backlog of ideas. Please check back often or subscribe to my RSS feed.