A Cold Christmas Morning

Every Christmas day for the last five or six years I take a walk around the down town of Elkhorn Wisconsin. This year the weather was dry with clear skies and an amazing view of the stars, but the temperature was about 1 degree Fahrenheit. A little too cold for me to enjoy, this...

Christmas 2020

I enjoy walking around the town square on Christmas day. I started this a handful of years ago, since there is little foot traffic and very few if any cars parked or driving through. To me this town is an iconic Holiday setting, with all the decorations and beautiful buildings. Elkhorn Wisconsin has been...

The Browns Of November

The amazing colors of Fall have passed and we are left with a with short window of fantastic browns. November is a great time to explore the trails. keeping in mind being safe with all hunting seasons but especially gun deer season. The amazing reds, yellows, oranges along with others have left us. What...

Peak Design Capture PRO Clip Review

I wrote this review of the Peak Design Capture PRO clip, a couple of years ago but since I am still asked about this clip I thought that I would update it. A couple of years ago, I and a friend went backpacking in Glacier National Park, I had rigged up a way to...

Fall Leaves 2020

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson. Fall colors and textures don’t end when the leaves fall. walking, we are welcomed by a colorful carpet of leaves.  This last weekend I was able to get out and hike...

Ice Age Trail Whitewater Segment Fall Hike

A cool Fall Sunday morning and only one other vehicle at the Whitewater segment of the IAT on Clover Valley Road. I started my hike where we worked on the bridge and boardwalk the day before, replacing rotten and damaged boards as needed. It was a good time, we had a local Boy Scout...

Phoneskope Review

Last November I purchased a Phoneskope case for my Samsung S10. I was excited to use it with my Diamondback spotting scope. Between winter weather and other craziness going on in the world I hadn’t been able to give it a fair try until now. My goal with this was never to get the...

Winter Leaves

For what ever reason, I often enjoy hiking by myself. Finding trails and areas that are not being highly traveled. This can also be achieved by hiking in extreme weather or early or late in the day. When hiking during the winter extreme low temperatures of around 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less starts to...

My Bird List 2019

This isn’t a complete list but it is definitely a list. I consider this my first real year of birding since my goal was to bird as much as possible and identify at least 50 species. My birding year started out pretty good birding in the Dominican Republic in February. I definitely learned a...

Celebrate Winter

“WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S A CELEBRATION.” – ANAMIKA MISHRA The start of winter (Astronomical), December 21, 2019. A comfortable day to enjoy a hike on the shortest daylight and longest darkness of the year. There isn’t much color in the winter landscape of Wisconsin apart from some red berries usually associated with...