Vienna

“The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.” –Mark Twain

Vienna, The City of Dreams, is like a jewell box – compact and loaded with history and treasure. Vienna’s history is rooted in it’s geography in the foothills of the Southern Alps where it straddles the Danube River. The Danube marks the Eastern frontier… Read more.

Floodlines

In the Spring of 2010 I was driving through my Hancock neighborhood in Austin, Texas when I came across a strange procession of oddly costumed characters marching through the streets. I raced home and grabbed my camera. The white costumed participants were part of performance artist Jaclyn Pryor’s seven year Floodlines project. It was a Read More

Fallback

Absolutely Crazy POV Downhill

Une Descente En VTT A Travers Valparaiso Chili This is an absolutely crazy downhill mountain bike descent through the streets, sidewalks, and stairs of Valparaiso, Chile. Great, great fun.

Fallback

Two Dogs Dining

This has been my favorite funny video on You Tube for some time. If you haven’t seen it, you are in for a treat. Two dogs waiting patiently to get served in “restaurant”, and in spite of waiting, never get anything to drink. © Made by Charlotte & Kristian Septimius Krogh: www.septimiuskrogh.dk and www.charlottekrogh.com Some comments Read More

Birding Across America by Train

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”—John Muir

When I was younger I was skeptical about people that hired guides or traveled on guided trips. I used to think guided trips were for people that had little imagination, were risk adverse, or lacked initiative. As I have become older I have changed my way of thinking about it. I don’t think of it as hiring a guide, I think of it as… Read more.

North Dakota

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” ― Aldo Leopold

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of North Dakota when we boarded the Amtrak Empire Builder in Chicago at dusk on 24th of May. North Dakota had always been kind of a blank spot on the map for me. The trip packing list included shorts but when we got to Minot we found ripping winds and rain in the 40’s. Cold, blustery, and wildly beautiful. Read more.

The Empire Builder

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train route runs 2,206 miles from Chicago to Seattle through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The vast expanse of wide open space with ever-changing dramatic cloudscapes was special.   From the observation car we spotted raptors, assorted ducks, Grebes, Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant, Magpies, Fisher, Elk, White-tailed Deer, Pronghorn, Read More

The Olympic Peninsula

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ― John Muir

Dawn light found us in eastern Washington state with the Cascade Mountains looming overhead—our last range to traverse by train before disembarking in Edmonds, Washington. By late morning, we had collected our rental vans and crossed Puget Sound on an enormous commuter ferry. Read more.

Web Design for WHECO Corp.

WHECO is the industry leader in construction crane repair. With five service centers in the United States and a facility on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, WHECO can make turnkey repairs for specific crane components or carry out complete equipment restorations. I’ve been working with WHECO’s marketing VP for many years. It Read More