Mile Marker 478.6: Leicester and Nottingham (or where Richard III was lost then found and Robin Hood is a thorn in the side of the rich).

We have reached the Midlands...and more or less of the halfway point of this virtual adventure. This mileage was brought to you by some bike commuting and walks around Ohiopyle, PA during a brief road trip last week. Leicester Murder, mystery, mayhem. The War of the Roses. The death and disappearance of a King...until 2012 … Continue reading Mile Marker 478.6: Leicester and Nottingham (or where Richard III was lost then found and Robin Hood is a thorn in the side of the rich).

LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 438.7. Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry

Before I start the virtual English tour part of this post, I want to spend a moment to say their names. Jacob Blake. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery...the list goes on and on. Don't be complicit. Don't be silent. Do VOTE! Stratford-upon-Avon Most of my mileage as been due to bike commuting and if … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 438.7. Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry

LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 285.7. Salisbury, Near Stonehenge

Received a postcard this time around that shows an idyllic beach scene in Bournemouth. From the reports coming out of England last weekend, the reality looked a liitle more like this! I'm sorry but that is my worst nightmare even in pre-pandemic days. I know you pasty white English are dying for sun when you … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 285.7. Salisbury, Near Stonehenge

I begin birding in earnest: Morraine Hills State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Orland Grasslands, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Chicago Parks

We were called back to work on May 20th but I had previously scheduled vacation time so decided to keep it so I could visit more parks and practice with the Nikon P900 camera I had rented. It was recommended to me by my birding mentor, Scott Judd, because it has a wicked zoom. Nothing … Continue reading I begin birding in earnest: Morraine Hills State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Orland Grasslands, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Chicago Parks