What is nature?

I have a hard time working out for less than 30 minutes. If I got for a run, it has to be at least 3 miles long so that it will take about 30 minutes. The idea of working out for a shorter duration of time—even if it’s extremely tough—feels wrong to me. Even knowing … Continue reading What is nature?


Places of 2014

After doing one last year, it seemed crazy not to summarize my travels from the past year—especially since I traveled so much in 2014. I saw a lot of cool places this year, only a small amount of which I ever seem to get write about here. I often question whether I should blog, but it … Continue reading Places of 2014

Find Your Own Christmas Tree

With Thanksgiving over, it's bound to be a mad dash through the rest of the holiday season. For many families, going outside to find ad cut this year's Christmas tree is beloved tradition. In some places, there are Christmas tree farms that allow you to go out and select your own professionally-grown and manicured tree. … Continue reading Find Your Own Christmas Tree

Project Get Out: Week 2

Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. Woo-hoo! Just the fact that I've kept at this for two weeks is pretty impressive to … Continue reading Project Get Out: Week 2

You’re Not in Wisconsin Anymore

This week included a quick trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York. I think it was my third time in the state—the first time was to Buffalo (nope, didn't make it to Niagara Falls), and the second was to Albany and Saratoga Springs—and it was the first time that I was there in warm … Continue reading You’re Not in Wisconsin Anymore

Cryptozoology 101: Bigfoot vs. Bears

I love it that Jane Goodall is fascinated by Bigfoot. Lots of other people are too, of course, but her interest really captures my attention. I remember listening to an episode of Science Friday where a scientist laid out some compelling evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, and it gave me that eerie heebie-jeebie feeling as … Continue reading Cryptozoology 101: Bigfoot vs. Bears