Ecology, Travel Blog

Lava Beds National Monument

5/4/18 - 5/6/18 After spending a ton of time in the office due to a very slow start in the season's work, I was definitely ready to get out of town for the weekend. Friday afternoon Josh and I drove down to Lava Beds National Monument in Tulelake, CA. Instead of the smooth, black, melted… Continue reading Lava Beds National Monument

Travel Blog

Toketee Hot Springs and Toketee Falls in Umpqua National Forest, OR

4/14/18 The weather forecast made it clear that we would be wet and cold no matter where we went within a reasonable radius of our home-base. I figured we may as well be warm for part of the time, so we headed a few hours northwest to find the hot springs in the Umpqua National… Continue reading Toketee Hot Springs and Toketee Falls in Umpqua National Forest, OR


Flora of Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Hiking the drizzly, muddy, Marsters section of the North Umpqua Trail left Josh and I gasping every few feet. Not because the trail was particularly treacherous, but because of the glorious wildflowers that were in full bloom. The rain gives plants, especially tree bark, a special contrast with the wet world around them, that makes… Continue reading Flora of Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Personal Finance

My Irresponsibility Fund

As frugal as I am, I still end up wasting large chunks of money every year. Contemporary advice about personal finance recognizes that everybody has a Latte Factor and encourages people to identify and eliminate it. They ask, what's your Latte Factor? In other words, what is something that you mindlessly spend money or energy… Continue reading My Irresponsibility Fund