Crown Point Bird Banding – Year 3

For the third year in a row Kathryn volunteered to do bird banding at the Crown Point station. She overcame flu-like symptoms prior to leaving and ended up staying in a hotel rather than camping with the pop-up camper. Below she is handling an Indigo Bunting.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird laying on it’s back.


Ice Out

Kathryn and I took a walk through the woods, but found 6″ of snow in several places. The ice cleared off of two of our ponds, but not this one.

With the help of the dogs we chased the Canada Geese off one of our ponds and then located our evergreen trees in the […]

The Dog Walker

Our winter weather has been sporadic for sure. This past week one of Kathryn’s friends visited with a plan to go XC skiing. They caught the last two days of snow before rain and warm temperatures melted it all away. Instead of XC skis and snowshoes it’s rubber boots and trying to avoid the soggy […]

What’s Going On?

It seems like spring weather. We heard red-winged blackbirds for the first time Sunday evening; they are usually the first arrivals. They have been singing like crazy since then. Our snow is mostly gone; just patches left scattered around. Which means we had to engage in the first round of the annual spring pick-up-dog-poop-in-the-yard ritual. […]


Kathryn took Stone and Eric to Pacific NorthWest for an 8 day vacation. They spent 2 days in Seattle (indoor rock climbing, Seattle Center, Science Museum/Planetarium, Seattle Aquarium, the waterfront and oversized Ferris Wheel, Pike’s Place Market, and up the Space Needle.

They spent 3 days in a beautiful condo (with an outstanding ocean […]

2017 Christmas Tree

Kathryn and I picked out our tree; trimmed the lower branches and let it soak overnight in a bucket in the garage. Saturday we set it up and Sunday Eric, Kathryn and I decorated. Some of my favorite ornaments including bubble lights, some outdoor themes and decorations made by Ed.



Sleeping Under The Stars

One of the things Kathryn and Eric enjoyed from our rafting trip was sleeping under the stars due to clear skies and no bugs. With fall conditions and clear skies Kathryn sought to duplicate that experience by sleeping out on the deck in late September. Cullen joined her, but Scout opted for the comfort of […]

Dad Joke

Kathryn and I gave Eric and Austin a ride to HCCC for a basketball tournament. Eric was in the back seat with Austin playing Rap music and telling us his latest favorite artists. I asked him how the rap artists came up with their nicknames and why they always seemed to have initials like Jay […]

Black Creek

Skip, Kathryn and I made a opening season paddle down Black Creek. We heard and saw a lot of birds; white throated sparrows, heron, ducks, buteos, Phoebees, and some geese that tried to hide along the banks. A beautiful 2 hour paddle.