• Adventure

    Cowboys and Steam Trains

    In the small town where I grew up, there was a small theater that played popular, first-run movies. By today’s mega-plex standards, it was small with padded red seats, two narrow aisles, and only a slight slope to the floor. Outside was a lobby and small refreshments stand that served my dad’s favorite vegetable, popcorn. The owner of the theater was a great friend of my dad’s and so in addition to regular trips to the movies, I got to celebrate a birthday party where I chose the move, my room was often decorated with framed Disney movie posters, and my parents always seemed to have a large collection of…

  • Adventure,  Boat & Home

    That Time the Boat Flooded

    “Skye should be up from her nap soon, and I’ll grab…GEOFF!!” I’d turned to climb down below only to discover several inches of water on the floor. It hadn’t been there a few minutes previously when I’d gotten us drinks. We were 10 miles from Charleston, SC and the brand new, never-tested engine had been running flawlessly. We’d just passed a raft of powerboats and their wake had given us a serious shake-up. “Something hit a thru-hull. Take the wheel.” There aren’t a lot of ways that much water could get into the boat that quickly and none of them are good. I take over steering while Geoff opens the…