outdoors

Planting forage for bees and pollinators

During the January 2014 Moores Hill SIBA meeting last year, Roy Ballard from Purdue, and Tim Schwipps from the USDA-NRCS came and spoke about planting forage for bees and other pollinators. They made clear that there can be help available at both the state and local levels. I decided to pursue things since I had 1.5 acres that […] Read More

My first trials into maple sugaring

See part two to this series here. I remember my dad tapping maple trees as a kid. He told all the neighbors that if they let him tap their trees, they’d be invited to the “big pancake breakfast” that he’d throw at the end. Today, someone might look at you like you had two heads. […] Read More

Ran my first marathon in 3:46:20

A good friend of mine challenged me back in July to run the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll Marathon with him. I was never a runner, and I mean… never, a runner. Here’s how it happened. I was commuting 45 minutes to my Newport, KY office Mon. Wed., and Fri’s. Since my job primarily consists […] Read More

Process a white tail deer at home

As we comb the archives of Morgan tradition, we see many actions aimed at protecting out environment. As “dwellers by the water,” “at harmony with nature,” we’ve gardened, foraged, hunted, lived off the land, and even built dams for flood control. I’m sure there were some adverse side-affects there, but helping out population grow during […] Read More

Checked out Las Vegas, September 2012

Made a trip to Vegas to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’m not a gambler. I live 5 miles from a casino and I’ve stepped foot in it maybe 2 times in 12 years. Took me 10 years to visit it since I moved here. But my friend is a good one. He asked me over […] Read More

Trip to Malibu California

Susan and I took a trip to Malibu California to attend my friend Bill’s wedding. We took it as an opportunity to get some sight-seeing in as well. I think it may have been the first time Susan was separated with the kids, ever. It didn’t take her long slip in to things once she […] Read More

Spring done sprung! Are you watching?

Since early March, everyone who knows me has heard me lament over the fact that the winter didn’t have enough “chilling hours,” and that everything is early… and that I’m worried about my grapevines getting frost-bit, and that the bugs are going to be heavy this year. I go on and on. I’ve also spoke in […] Read More

Red River Gorge Annual Hike and Camp

On Presidents Day weekend, about 12 of us headed to the Red River Gorge for some ‘cold camping.’ Planned, well in advance, everyone expected to be camping in the snow. But on the weekend of Feb. 19, our cold spell broke and we were given a sunny weekend for some awesome fun and awesome sights. […] Read More

Harvesting and processing black walnuts

Processing walnuts reminds me when I was a kid… when my dad made us all help him. I mean all of us, my friends too, whenever they were over. There was a time I felt I was in danger of loosing my friends because of all the “chores” my dad made them help with. It […] Read More

2010 2nd Annual Apple Smash

The head count of the 2nd annual smash grew tremendously and along with many new families, we saw most of the Muddy Portage crew in attendance. It was great to see faces we haven’t seen in a while as well as several new friends we’ve met over the summer. There were enough people who pitched […] Read More