Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Blonde Coyote: 2012, in review

Hey Everybody! I’m winding down 2012 in a rare state of relative repose, spending these last chilly days of the year hanging out with my family. With my parents in Pennsylvania, my sister in Germany, my brother in California and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Christmas in Colmar

Last year, I spent Christmas in Germany visiting my sister, who then lived in Freiburg and now lives in Cologne. Europeans are big on Christmas, nowhere more so than Colmar, France. Colmar was only a short bus ride over the … Continue reading

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Half-Mast Aftermath

When I’m on the road, I often get bad news from half-mast flags. I see a flag half-raised and I call somebody and ask, with trepidation: “What happened?” In the space between the flag and the news – sometimes moments, sometimes … Continue reading

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A Productive Afternoon on the James River Rock

This morning, while searching scientific journals for compelling geology stories for the March issue of EARTH magazine, I stumbled upon a study in PLOS ONE exploring the link between creativity and the outdoors: According to a study by psychologists from … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Homewood

After a month away, on the road and housesitting a place in Vermont, it’s nice to come back to a place I know: Homewood, Virginia, population 9: 5 dogs, 4 people, including me and the boys. I’ve only spent two … Continue reading

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Wild Rhode Island?

When you think of wild places, Rhode Island probably doesn’t come to mind. But even the smallest state has its fair share of wooded havens, many protected by The Nature Conservancy. Here are a few photos from a hike at … Continue reading

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Ben & Jerry’s: A Pilgrimage

Back in September, when the Astronaut of the Grand Canyon emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in housesitting his place in Vermont for three weeks in November, I was immediately interested. But when he told me it was … Continue reading

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Xmas 2012: Photos For Friends

I’ve had a long standing policy against buying friends and family things for Christmas. Most people already have more than enough stuff. I’d rather make a point to share experiences during the year and then send them photographs for Christmas. … Continue reading

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Boondocking 101: How To Camp For Free In Beautiful Places

Like everything else these days, camping is expensive. Most National Parks are $20 a night and a campsite at a state park in California will set you back $35! If I regularly camped at State Parks, National Parks, Recreation Areas … Continue reading

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