We spent a week on the island of Hawaii and were lucky enough to stay with our friends at their condo in Kona. If you are planning on taking a trip to the big island, Kailua Kona is definitely worth considering to use as your home base. In this article, I lay out our itinerary and each place we visited in detail. Kailua Kona Magic … Continue reading Hawaii – The Big Island
Mt. Shasta is a peaceful town near the Oregon/California border surrounded by wonderful opportunities for summer adventure and relaxation. My family owned a cabin here for several years and I stayed there twice each year with my parents and siblings. The lakes I describe below are all within a few miles from each other and are only about a 5 mile drive from the grocery … Continue reading Our Favorite Mt. Shasta Lakes
Wet shaving with a straight razor or safety razor was extremely popular until the first Bic disposable razor appeared in the 1970’s. I’ve used all forms of shaving tools from disposable razors, straight razors, safety razors, and electric shavers. Out of all of them, I would have to say that wet shaving with a safety razor is my favorite for the following reasons: Why We … Continue reading Traditional Wet Shaving
Gorillas live in one of the most violent places on earth and are essentially sitting ducks. The two gorilla species live within and around the Congo River basin. This is an area roughly half the size of the United States and is largely unexplored due to inaccessibility and hostile groups and poachers. Each species has lowland and upland subspecies. Norwegian Refugee Council’s DR Congo director, … Continue reading Gorillas: In the Midst of Destruction
How Bees Make Honey (there’s science to it) Honey begins as nectar, a sugary liquid secreted by flowers. Worker bees use their tongue-like labellum to lap (not suck) up the nectar and then store it in what’s called the honey stomach or crop. This is different from the stomach used for normal digestion, the ventriculus. Bees use the honey stomach as a chamber to break … Continue reading What to Know Before Starting a Beehive Pt.1
I recently purchased a typewriter for 35$ at a local auction. I knew absolutely nothing about typewriters before this and the only thing I could be sure of is that it was old. The front plate had fading lettering that said “Remington Noiseless” and says “Rebuilt at Remington Noiseless Factory” on the back. Most typewriters can be dated by their serial numbers. As you can … Continue reading Get an Old Typewriter to Work Again
We spent a total of eight days and traveled over 400 miles along Costa Rica’s west coast with a group of talented highschool choir students. I summarize our trip by describing what we did in each town, what we saw, and the people we met.
“I looked out my window as our behemoth of a bus went over a bridge and realized that we were above a river overpopulated by crocodiles. We traveled along several cliffs allowing us to see many coves that dotted the shoreline. It was easy to imagine a pirate ship anchored in the distant bay.”
In this article, I introduce you to insect collecting and provide you with a brief introduction on how to properly start and maintain an insect collection. I will also walk you through the stages of collecting, preserving, and displaying specimens. Continue reading “How to Properly Start and Maintain an Insect Collection”
Gerald Durrell was a pioneer of his time. Not only was he an imaginative and extremely entertaining writer, but in 1947, he was one of the first to collect animals with the goal of creating breeding colonies should a species go extinct in the wild. The following includes a brief biography of Durrell’s life and legacy as well as a few amusing quotes from his books.