I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?

So check back weekly for all the smrt missives! And the dumb tweets!

Also hiking things!

Feel free to write and complain.

oh deere
6 December 2017

Cropulent: how your fields  look when you are plowing with a new #tractor

black friday
29 November 2017

I know, I know, I need to mix it up I THINK I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS RUT

Date: 11/24/2017

Location: Laurel Highlands, north trailhead parking lot to decker shelter

Trail Distance: 11.5 (61.6 miles ytd)

So, I figured since it's been several months since I hiked -- thanks a lot, climate change -- I thought a nice, easy, familiar hike would get me going for more ambitious trips this winter. The plan was perfect, except I left one important thing at home: ALL MY CARDIOS. I've done this hike a half-dozen times and this one seemed to be the hardest yet. The climb out of mile 70 isn't even that strenuous, but I was gulping like a fish out of....fish swimming fluidWATER FISH OUT OF WATER.

On the plus side (beside my waistline AMIRITE), altra lone peak 3.0s are pretty decent to walk in. Feet hurt way less than normal after all the rocks and roots. Oooh, and down booties are delightful.


dragon daughter
22 November 2017


Just make the show about her and it's much better. #IronFish

catch up
15 November 2017

Will lay there for whole seconds.

I wish when my dog is going bananas we could #BottleThatSauce

8 November 2017

I inhaled at least three bugs hiking last weekend. I don't know where they were going, but they are part of my hike now. #EatsShootsLeaves

1 November 2017

"Don't #gerrymander the pizza, honey" is a thing I say now

25 October 2017

18 October 2017

Name for #edgy weight loss clinic: Flabattoir