Jul 122017
 
Montezuma's Revenge: A Quail of a Tale

In the Davis Mountains of remote west Texas, I finally overcame a multi-year bout of “Montezuma’s Revenge.” Eight years, in fact. I first succumbed to the ailment in Southeastern Arizona. Three years later, it flared up again on my second trip to the region. While it was most intense in the grassy pinewoods of the […]

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May 232015
 
Trading Juncos for Jacobins: Birdathon Goes South in 2015

“Oh, you’re trying to find as many species as possible today?” I was a bit stupefied when these words came out of the mouth of our Trinidadian guide. It was early afternoon, a full eight hours into our Birdathon, and it appeared that the foundational strategy for the 24-hour challenge hadn’t yet sunk in. Toby […]

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Aug 122014
 
"Super Moon" at Robin Lakes

It was our first backpacking trip of the year, and we knew there would be a few cobwebs: an obese backpack, forgotten necessities, atrophied quads, and sore heels. It was already late in the season: the first weekend of August. A social get-together with some out-of-town friends on Friday night compressed our timeline to just […]

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Feb 212013
 
Strangers in My Computer

I made an interesting discovery the other day. I was looking for a way to take a picture with our laptop’s camera, a feature I’d only previously used with Skype. It’s a Mac, so I searched “photo” and quickly found the Photo Booth program. When the program opened, I wasn’t surprised to see that it […]

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Dec 282011
 
628 miles for a gull?

628 miles for a gull? Most of my closest friends are not birders, and while I encouraged all of them – with some success – to not refer to them as sea gulls, little could convince them that it was normal to drive over six hundred miles in a single day to see one. But […]

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