Forecasting a hectic day for today, last night I brewed a pot of coffee and filled my ice trays, then chilled both before going to bed, a ritual I occasionally practice in order to wake up to iced coffee.*** The smell of that coffee, though... Two hours later, still tossing and turning in bed, bone-weary … Continue reading The Real Think vs The Real Thing
Happy Valentine's Day!
In the first post about photogenic birds, I mentioned how they seem to "photo bomb" a lot of my photos. And then... maybe I got a little paranoid. Suddenly, it didn't all seem so "accidental." Why are they always there? Need some help with that third one? Here you go: Anyway, I went back through … Continue reading Four, the Birds: Photo Bombers
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
Perhaps you prefer to keep camping cuisine simple: hot dogs and canned beans. (Plus fruit cocktail for dessert. Look, pals and gals, you chose "simple." Enjoy your syrup-drowned, hard chunks of fruit. Live with your choices.) Conversely, maybe you want to keep meals gourmet: you probably aren't camping. We are! Having gone over the basic … Continue reading Camping Cuisine: Campetizers
There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do. ~ Bill Watterson The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~ Rabindranath Tagore Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. ~ Alma Gluck "Did you … Continue reading Stop Counting, Start Creating
New Year's came, went. Goals: Dreamt. Set. Pursued. Missed. Valentine's Day: Chocolate, eaten. Lips, kissed. In a hot second, Christmas will be here. Have you decided where to camp this year? I must be kidding? Wrong! Don't take a chance, Reserve your campsite six months in advance. High desert, by a lake, near the ocean … Continue reading Reservation Reservations
Sorry, friends. No better post today. I'm stuck in Chicago until maybe Friday with all the cold weather. Thanks, _______ Airlines for all the non-help, eyerolling, and all the practiced excuses. Wait, what's that?! Oh, sorry, not my plane. Some kind of phoenix thing. False alarm.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about where to go next with Campfire Tales. I have books half-read to review, a letter to disclose, stories to tell, ideas to share, and so on (funny poems) and so forth (just plain awful poems). Plus, waaaay more than all that. In other words, too many choices. My … Continue reading At a Crossroads
Aloha Hawaii, Sorry to hear about all your recent troubles. Mahalo for so many great memories, and I look forward to many more. Hope to see you soon. Cheers! Chad