Last week, I spent the entire week with trees, glorious trees. Unfortunately, not walking amongst them. Scanning and shredding hundreds of old documents. Only after filling two garbage bags with shredded paper did I bother to look up the proper way to recycle paper: Don't shred (if possible). Oops. To recycle shredded paper, put the … Continue reading Getting Shred-y
Without humans, trees would manage just fine. Without trees, people would perish. Everything on the earth that moves uses energy that is stored in bonds between carbon atoms, first formed in a green plant through the process of photosynthesis. You, me, earthworms, ants, bees, tigers, sloths, and aphids: we all run on trees. And it's … Continue reading Tree Advice
Maybe you, like me, have a lot of time on your hands lately? I have an excellent suggestion for you! I've been scanning everything that will pass through the scanner (yes, and a couple of things that shouldn't have been attempted). Last night, while hunting for some fun photos to share with you today, I … Continue reading Dear So-and-so
I read An Outdoor Journal looking for a quote because former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said I could in his letter, and then I hesitated writing this review because… how to “critically assess” this? Here’s my description of it: An Outdoor Journal, a collection of hunting, fishing, and other personal reminiscences, is that rare bird: … Continue reading Book Review: An Outdoor Journal
To continue the tradition established last year of starting the year with an interesting and vital link, Campfire Tales presents Earth's Oceans Foundation, which strives to address the issue of plastic polluting our oceans. I like the Foundation's website for the layout and wider selection of videos, although their Facebook page is more "current."
If you are ever passing through Albuquerque, New Mexico with a few hours to kill and the urge to hike, try Petroglyph National Monument. There are several trails of varying difficulty (primarily due to their length), and... Aw, who am I kidding? The reason to go to Petroglyph is to see petroglyphs: There. Now where … Continue reading Petroglyph National Monument
In a post about Leadfield, there are written directions about the one way road, but maybe you are more of a visual learner. The above map shows the entrance to Titus Canyon Road at the top center, directly below Rhyolite (more to come about Rhyolite, but this should get you started). Other helpful hints, courtesy … Continue reading Death Valley Day Trip
Unable to decide between California or Chicago vacations, and waiting for the universe to send you a sign? Good news! Campfire Tales is here to help, just as with International Parks. Having both roamed across California AND visited Chicago in the past year, here are the "signs" that guided my trips. First, the ONLY California … Continue reading Sign Off: California vs. Chicago Vacations
Hear me out, okay? Most flags are... boring. Go ahead, look up the flags of the world. Prove me wrong! I'll wait <yawn> here. Why hasn't anyone given flags a makeover yet? I guess dull, solid stripes ARE easier to reprint and reproduce. But are they inspiring? Also, this is 2019! We have the technology … Continue reading Landscape Flags
"Children's book review? Come on, Camp Host Chad! Is this a tardy April Fools joke? Are you kidding us?" Not kidding. I bought What's the Difference? by Emma Strack in a Yosemite National Park gift shop for an adult friend who loves Jeopardy! Loves loves it. Watches it every night religiously. He enjoyed this book. … Continue reading Book Review: What’s the Difference?