Trading in Skis for Snowshoes

MilliGFunk in Snowshoes

When we came home from our Christmas ski trip to Austria, I returned my skis to the Army Outdoor Rec rentals office and asked about their snowshoe rentals. For $40 I could rent a pair for a week. We had almost ten inches of fresh snowfall, and I was chomping … Continue reading

Hitting Our Family’s Reset Button

Hitting Our Family's Reset Button

Every once in awhile we all need to break the inertia of daily routing by hitting our family’s reset button. If we don’t pause to enjoy where we are, each day starts to look like the rest; a blur of emails and grocery lists played out to the soundtrack of a … Continue reading

Learning to Have Fun Skiing


My relationship with the slopes over the past few years has been volatile, at best. In 2010, I tried snowboarding for the first time. The person who taught me assured me I didn’t need a helmet, and was confident — after I’d done two bunny runs and had a beer … Continue reading

Eagles and geese and snakes, oh my!

When I say I live in small town Missouri, I’m being generous. I actually live in the middle of a massive forest more than ten miles from the nearest small town. As a result, I’m surrounded by wildlife. On today’s walk, Rosie and I encountered the usual squirrels and birds. … Continue reading

Elephant Rocks State Park

On a beautiful February Sunday afternoon, my friend Nick and I took Rosie on her first state parking adventure; to Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron County, Missouri. Elephant Rocks is notorious for its giant granite boulders – toppled together, seeming to defy gravity as their masses sit precariously on … Continue reading

The KT Caboose

To date, I’ve not made public mention of my Missouri Bucket List; the list of things I’d like to do and places I’d like to see while I’m living in Missouri. Today’s the day that I admit to you that I do have a small list of must-dos and must-sees, … Continue reading

There are Thin People in Missouri, Too

Friends, family members and coworkers warned me when I left New York City not to get fat moving home to the Midwest. I’d like to set the record straight about the Midwest being inactive and overweight. Day-to-day tasks in New York undoubtedly helped keep me fit and trim, but my … Continue reading

Mountain Biking Council Bluff Lake

Who knew that “one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails in the state of Missouri” (source) was right in my backyard in the Mark Twain National Forest? Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area offers a 440-acre lake – the largest in this particular forest – that’s surrounded by a twelve-mile … Continue reading

Camping Food

While camping this weekend at Council Bluff Recreation Area in Iron County, Missouri, I noticed something. When the girls and I sat down for our lunch on Saturday, here’s what was on our side of the table: By contrast, here’s what was on the men’s side of the table: Have … Continue reading

Floating and Hiking

I book-ended the summer of 2010 with float trips; one on Memorial Day and one on Labor Day. I used Bass River Resort for both floats, the first of which was along the Courtois Creek from Highway 8 to Bass River, and the second of which was from Bass River … Continue reading

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