12 for December 2019: To Do List

2019 To Do

My seventh annual December To Do List! What a time to be alive!

If ONLY you had clicked on anything else, you might have found yourself with a few productive minutes. Instead of ogling puppies or Baby Yodas, all you get are a few ill-placed words. As long as your eyes are glued to the screen anyway, go right ahead and scan down to greet this legendary listicle.

As I will spend about half of December in Washington State and half in DC, what will I do?

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Bold Predictions for 2019

So…2019, eh? Well, let’s get after it.

My 10th annual, and fantastically original, set of bold predictions is dropping on your lap today like a hot splash of spilled coffee. Enjoy, but do go towel off after.

What might I try to achieve in the upcoming year?


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The December List, and Other Stable Facts From 2017

I dominated my most recent December To Do List! Snooze.

Results, outcomes and the correlative aftermath of same are about to be apportioned, so cut out the tedious part (aka reading it) by aborting your web session now and hitting the sack. You’ll need the rest. We may soon have a Wall to tear down after all.

Also, it’s 2018. WTH is going on?!

Goal for December 2017: Do all 11 items on my tremendous, very stable To Do List.

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Bold Predictions for 2018

When you absolutely, positively, truly must have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, call them bold predictions.

Sounds fancier. Probably not.

What might I try to accomplish in the upcoming year? Let’s find out!

In 2018, I predict I will…

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11 for December 2017: To Do List

Wow, another year in the books. 2017 is almost toast, but we still have a fair bit of work to do.

For the fifth year in a row, I present my December To Do List. And like all the many years before it, it’s an amazing, transcendent ride that will have you weeping for joy, and high-fiving people you don’t even know!

Okay, as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker likes to say, “None of those words are true.”

But that shouldn’t stop you from closing this post now and heading out to high-five someone! Or just give them a hug. They may need it.

These lists have a certain sameness to them, because December also represents the season I return to Washington State for the holidays. And there are certain things I like to do when I head back to my home state. I’ll spend about half of December in DC and the other half in WA. (Editor’s note: At press time, I’m already there!)

December 2017 To Do List

  1. Write a concert review – I’ve been doing it all year, might as well do one in December too.
  2. Attend two Seattle Seahawks games – The games are do or die, luckily for us fans, just the way Russel Wilson likes it.
  3. Sleep in a cabin – Have a few spirits, watch bad movies, tussle in the snow. Escape.
  4. Witness Star Wars: The Last Jedi – (Hint: I did this already! Making this list easier for myself!)
  5. Check out four new (to me) breweries – I did three last year so let’s make it harder this December! Sigh.
  6. Eat a Dick’s Drive-In Deluxe burger – I said I’m putting this on my list every year, did you not believe me?
  7. Do some outdoorsy things – Hike? Ski? Just get outside.
  8. Write – This blog has seen little activity in recent months, so I’ve hired a few gifted spam bots to craft incredible click bait content and relentlessly post until you cry mercy!
  9. See family – That’s why I come home for the holidays, so might as well do it!
  10. Go somewhere I haven’t been to in a while – Vague and unspecific. Just the way I like it, makes it easier to win this list.
  11. Wild Card – Something that might have made this list, if I was smart enough to think of it ahead of time.




372 for July-August 2017: Miles, Miles, Miles!

I haven’t been putting too many monthly goals together the last year or so, so I suspect this will be a real treat for you. Finally doing another one! The wait must have been excruciating.

This goal is dead simple.

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Power Walk With Me

As part of the preparation for the upcoming 50K One Day Hike (April 29th), I’ve been doing a few mini-training sessions in the evening. There just aren’t enough weekends anymore.

The plan: Walk 5 miles most brisk-like. My briskness indicator varies due to the route I take, stupid traffic, and lights and all that, and a few nagging injuries to my left leg. But I try to walk fast. Even so, the pace is slower than what I did in last year’s ODH (14:48 minutes per mile) but for that I did run a little over the course of the full 31.1 miles.

With barely any time left, I do need to get in some longer hikes! 50K won’t walk itself. This is why we train.

I’ve found these walks are an excellent time to ruminant on the cosmic mysteries of the universe and whatnot. And listen to music. So I’ve been pumping up the jams as I trot about the city, hopefully not startling anyone that might mistake me for a wild-eyed, crazy speedwalker.

Distance: 5 miles

Walk #1
Time: 1:23:09
Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
Albums listened to:
Broods – Conscious
Catfish & the Bottlemen – The Ride

Walk #2
Time: 1:24:37
Route: Capitol Hill/The Mall
Albums listened to:
Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines

Walk #3
Time: 1:19:26
Route: Capitol Hill
Outfit: Stylish white Tee, gray shorts
Albums listened to:
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Phantogram – Three

Walk #4
Time: 1:25:47
Route: Shaw/Parkview
Albums listened to:
Weezer – (The White Album)
The xx – I See You

Walk #5
Time: 1:19:00
Route: NE/NW
Attitude: Sunburned
Albums listened to:
Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit
Bastille – Wild World

Walk #6
Time: 1:23:40
Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Ten
Pearl Jam – Vs.

Walk #7
Time: 1:18:36
Route: NE
Epiphany: This is world record!! right?
Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Pearl Jam – No Code

Walk #8 is in the future, therefore difficult to describe.


Meridan Hill Park
A place to walk.

Bold Predictions for 2017

2017 is here! New Year’s Resolutions sound so passé, so I do Bold Predictions. This is that.

But don’t get too worked up, predictions and resolutions amount to the same thing, right? No idea.

I like counting, so I liberally litter these predictions with numbers. Often ones I can’t even count to.

2016 was a year that lasted 366 days, and is now over. You can skip to the bottom to see how I did on my 2016 Bold Predictions…not too bad actually if you have low standards.

Last year I also tried to do more, more, more. This year I’ll just do. Let’s go.


In 2017, I predict I will…

…finish my Major League Baseball stadium quest that is years in the making! You heard me! Only two stadiums left! San Diego and Kansas City.

…hike over 304 total miles.

…read six books I own that I haven’t read. I have so many…

…hit up another Seattle Seahawks road game. Nashville? New York? San Francisco?

…do an adventure trip. Whitewater rafting? Island hopping? Trekking? Who’s in?

…start one new venture.

…organize, clean and get rid of stuff. On an epic scale.

…complete three home improvements.

…tear down walls.

…steal your dog to play with. Forget to give it back.



Let’s look at how I fared from my 2016 list:

Success rate: 7.5/10

…visit two new baseball stadiums. Only four left! Result: Complete! I went to Denver for the Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) and Phoenix for the Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field).

…read 33 books (one more than last year); watch 101 movies (one more than last year). Result: Got there just under the wire! Read 33 books and watched 111 movies.

…visit two new countries (one more than last year). Result: Success! I went to both Honduras and India for the first time.

…run in at least four races (one more than last year). Result: Fail! I only ran one race, the Semper Fi 5K. I tried to run the Army Ten-Miler but had to travel for work. I did the One Day Hike (50K) for the fifth time, but that’s not running.

…find a reason to do something even crazier than the last time. Result: Last crazy time was whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River, so for this crazy time…let’s see…how about 4 nights/5 days backpacking in Colorado? A total of 43 miles with a 39-pound backpack while being stalked by a bear!

…hike over 250 total miles. (Last year I hiked 185) Result: I crushed it and hiked 358 miles! Easy.

…take no prisoners and give no shits. Result: Hard to quantify this, but I tend to give a shit, so 1/2 right only!

…pick a few musicians and go deep into their music catalog. Result: Nope! Did not do this.

…binge watch three new TV shows. Result: Indeed. In fact, I quadrupled my output and binged 12 new TV shows. See which ones here.

…play with two puppies. Result: This is a given. One of them was my niece’s new wiener dog, Jedi. He wants to come back to DC with me, I know it.

The December List, and Other Ugly Facts About 2016

I crushed my December To Do List! I did 12 out of 11 things! Wait, what?

It’s 2017, so I’m bending the rules, along with hearts and minds.

Hop on board, this new year is about to get interesting! Let’s leave all the ugliness behind us.


Goal for December 2016: Do all 11 items on my painstakingly (for you) curated To Do List.

Result: Success! 12/11


December 2016 To Do List

Sip at three new (to me) breweries – Always looking to have a brew or three, see. Of course! Beer is good! I went to Odd Otter Brewing Co. (Tacoma), Populuxe Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. (Seattle).

Take a road trip – But where to? Buckle up. Did a few short trips around Washington State; to Mt. Rainer, Seattle and Arlington/Marysville.

Attend a Seattle Seahawks game – Boom! December 24th vs. the Cardinals. And…they lost a wild and crazy game.

Experience two Oscar buzz movies in theaters – Someone has to do it. Well, I kind of did it. I saw Arrival and tried to see La La Land (but it was sold out). I saw Rogue One, which should get 3-4 noms for music and special effects. So there, I’m claiming it!

Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – As always. Burp.

Eat or drink at four new (to me) places, like coffee shops, bars or restaurants – Keeping up on my goal from Oct/Nov on trying new things. Did it! No sweat.

Get some snow on me – What is winter without wonderful white snow? I threw a few iceballs and did a five mile snowshoeing trek in Mt. Rainer National Park.

Hike! 20 miles at least! – Walk it off. I already achieved and more the hiking goal I made this year (read: hike 250 total miles), this is gravy. Done! And done!

Get rid of some stuff – I have clothes to donate, and some other things that need to go. Unclutter. Tidy. I organized a bunch of things to get rid of. I only managed to donate a few things to the 9:30 Club’s holiday charity. Plus I chucked some stuff still at my parents house.

Watch the Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff Game (Peach Bowl) – I won’t go to the actual game in Atlanta, but I’ll be watching. Oh yes. Go Dawgs! I watched it at The Loose Wheel in Puyallup (which was surprisingly packed out with UW fans). Did not like the result, no I did not.

Wild Card – Something that in hindsight, should have been on this list! I went to visit the Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent and Covington, where 3 of my grandparents are buried in honor of military service. Jack Parker (1921-2006), Walter Bailey (1919-2016) and Verla Bailey (1927-2013).

Bonus Wild Card – I attended my sister’s wedding at The Rustin Chapel in Tacoma!

Bold Predictions for 2016

2016 will be more than 2015. In the sense that I will invent even bolder predictions and fail even bigger. That’s the theory.

I didn’t do well on the 2015 bold predictions front, but that can be forgiven because no one is holding me accountable! (Right?)

Yet, I still did a lot. I went to eight different countries, but only one new one. I waded along beaches, rafted along crocodile infested rapids, climbed the head of a lion, those types of things.

I didn’t run all that much, but I hiked a fair bit. I played a lot of sports, from volleyball to softball to soccer to flag football. I watched a lot of sports as well, mostly football (Seahawks and Huskies) and some baseball. I went to a ton of music concerts…and reviewed a few.

What does 2016 have in store?

The theme is ‘More than 2015 or bust‘.


In 2016, I predict I will…

…visit two new baseball stadiums. Only four left!

…read 33 books (one more than last year); watch 101 movies (one more than last year).

…visit two new countries (one more than last year).

…run in at least four races (one more than last year).

…find a reason to do something even crazier than the last time.

…hike over 250 total miles. (Last year I hiked 185)

…take no prisoners and give no shits.

…pick a few musicians and go deep into their music catalog.

…binge watch three new TV shows.

…play with two puppies.



Let’s look at how I fared from my 2015 list:

Success rate: 6/10

…visit three new baseball stadiums. Surprised? Result: Nope, I only went to one this year. St. Louis.

…do something crazy. Climb a mountain crazy. Run a half-marathon crazy. Crazy like that. Result: I went white water rafting down the Zambezi River and waved to the crocodiles! Cray cray.

…read at least 35 books. I haven’t read that much the past few years. Doubling down. Results: Nope. I only got to 32! So close!

…read seven books I own that I haven’t read. I estimate I have over 30 unread books lying around! Results: Well now…no, I only managed to read five.

…run 300 miles. That’s 25 miles per month. That sucks. Results: Hahahaha! Wow, I failed this one miserably! I ran 86 miles. I’ll blame the fact that I didn’t run much the first few months because I had thrown out my back. But to be fair, I knew that fact when I made the prediction.

…get myself to at least one new country. I haven’t been to a new country since 2012. Result: Boom! United Arab Emirates!

…write more. Result: Yes and no. I wrote more for the blog Parklife DC, but wrote somewhat less for this blog. But overall, it was more!

…volunteer to be a commissioner of a sports league. (Hint: I already did this for volleyball…victory! 1-0 already!) Result: Done.

…win a championship with one of the sports teams I play on. Let’s do this! Result: Our sand volleyball team won a championship via forfeit. Lame, but another team I was on should have won it all also, but the league scheduled the final match on a day no one was available to play. I call victory.

…play with a puppy. Result: Of course.

Cutthroat Lakes (Walt Bailey Trail)
Cutthroat Lakes (Walt Bailey Trail)

Five Random Photos Shared for November ’15

Hey now! It appears to be time for photos. Queue up and get some!


Find the ToFurkey! (A new Thanksgiving tradition where no actual turkey was eaten.)
Thanksgiving 2015


Seahawks at Cowboys and other ways to barely win.
AT&T Stadium - Texas


Hot sand, good for dune bashing.
Dubai dunes


Waterslide inside a shark tank? Check.
Aquadventure - Dubai


Colorful and woody.



Seahawks vs. Cowboys


Dunes in Dubai at sunset
Dubai dunes at sunset


Marina & the Diamonds at Lincoln Theatre

Five Random Photos Shared for October ’15

Giving the masses what they don’t want!


That’s far.
Army Ten-Miler 2015


Excuse me, there are purple things in your stew.


Jaunting the Billy Goat Trail, Section B.
Billy Goat Trail Section B


I suspect that is a leaf. Thoughts?
Fall Foliage


Oh my! Texas barbecue at Angelo’s in Fort Worth.
Texas BBQ at Angelo's

Five Random Photos Shared in September ’15

A dark beer for a wet day…
Snallygaster 2015


Ohhh, orangish!
Malaysian Candles


Let’s eat a Walking Taco (slop in a bag) and play with our bobbleheads.
Walking Taco and Bobblehead


Something is over there, hope it’s not a bear.


Nice tombstone.
Nice Tombstone



Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
2015-09-26 17.05.50


Eat it? I did.


So cute.
So Cute

12,281 for August: Climbing Mt. Adams

This August I have a work trip and then will jaunt over to Washington state for a brief time of vacation.

What do I choose to do with said vacation?

Nothing relaxing, I can tell you that.

Instead, me and a few others will attempt to climb to the top of Mt. Adams, the second highest peak in Washington state.


August Goal: Climb to the top of Mt. Adams in Washington state (elevation: 12,281 feet)


If anyone recalls, I have a goal to climb Mt. Rainer someday. Let’s call this practice.

Although this hike is not technical (unlike Mt. Rainer), they do recommend you have crampons and ice axes for the summit.

And a recent trip report from July states that the temperature plummeted to 7 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr.

And Mt. Adams is one of the largest active volcanoes in the Cascades Volcanic Arc. It hasn’t erupted in 1,400 years, but now that I’m going…


Nice knowing you.

Aspen grove at Conboy Lake NWR with Mt Adams in the background


Mt. Adams
Mt. Adams

Five Random Photos Shared in June ’15

Photos get taken. Photos get posted.

I winnowed it down to the least offensive. The least interesting. The least of the least.

That is the least I could do. Quite literally.


I’m so flushed. On the plus side, the urinal will electric shock you for a nickel.
Toilet Story


When it’s wrong, it’s wrong.
The Wrong Tree


Bobbleheads and rain.
Nationals + bobbleheads + rain


For the record, I did not die during that 1 minute of panic.
Gimme Shelter


The photo is not blurry. You are drunk.
Red, White & Brew


I’m hungry. Let’s get an empanada.
Plate of Empanada


Conundrum of the Day: Are You Not Tempted to Read This Post?

One Day Hike 2015
One Day Hike

I trust you were NOT tempted, but somehow managed to accidentally click the link anyway.

Okay. That’s on you. As long as you’re here…

As some of you may recall, I started writing about life on the edge (okay, living in DC…) on the blog, ParkLife DC.

So far I haven’t been asked to guest on any morning shows or had Jon Stewart lampoon me on The Daily Show.

But the blog about DC is young*.

I’ve written concert reviews and about other interesting ‘topics’ over the last few months.

Shall we have a look at a few of them? That’s okay with you, right?


Things I wrote, that I like

My 4th attempt at the annual 50K One Day Hike. How did I do? Should you try it next year?
Excursion: The Sierra Club’s Annual One Day Hike — 4/25/15

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.
Excursion: Happy Hour Brewery Hike


Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:
Music Park: Mumford & Sons @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/10/15

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:
Music Park: The Tallest Man On Earth @ Lincoln Theatre — 6/1/15

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:
Music Park: The Ting Tings @ 9:30 Club — 4/11/15


Things I wrote about speakeasys and drinking (this is not a theme…)

Harold Black with Jim Beam:
Stars and Bars: Jim Beam Bonded Returns @ Harold Black — 3/23/15

The Speak with cocktails:
Stars and Bars: The Speak, an Underground Cocktail Bar, Opens on K St


Clicked through all those already?

How about some other examples of not-made-for-primetime reviews…

The Juan Maclean Band:
Music Park: The Juan MacLean @ U Street Music Hall — 5/1/15

Music Park: Marrow @ Black Cat — 4/23/15


That’s all I have for you today. Check back in later. We’ll reminisce.


*Only five weeks left to get on Jon Stewart’s radar before he leaves The Daily Show! The pressure is on!

187 for May: Mopping Up the Miles

I made myself a goal to run, hike or bike 550 miles in four months. I failed. Big time.

So I’m punishing myself by having to finish the goal over the month of May. With a 26 mile penalty added.

Goal for May: Hike, run or bike 187 miles to make up for the fact that I didn’t finish my January-April Goal.

This is six miles a day. Or, more likely, zero miles for 30 days and 187 miles in one day!



Here’s the epic failure laid bare:

Goal for January-April: Hike, run or bike 550 miles total. Just do it.

  • Running = 8.92 miles (weak!)
  • Hiking = 168.25 miles (robust!)
  • Biking = 211.88 miles (not enough!)

Total: 389.05 miles

Result: Fail! By 161 miles!

I will blame travel…about 4+ weeks of being away. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The One Day Hike (31.1 miles) gave me a boost, but not big enough.

Just a walking down the trail
Just a walking down the trail


Five Random (Sunset) Photos Shared in April ’15

More random photos! Less specific photos!

Okay, but let’s go with sunsets instead.

DC sunset
Sunset in DC


Seattle sunset
Sunset in Seattle


Puyallup Spring Fair
Sunset at the Puyallup Spring Fair


Volleyball sunset
Sunset playing volleyball


Washington Monument sunset
Washington Monument sunset


That’s done, let’s do some bonus random photos.

Safeco Field
Felix wins! But I didn’t get my Felix bobblehead.


Snoqualmie Falls
The Falls of Snoqualmie and the Salish Lodge


One Day Hike 2015
Only 1/3 of the way done with the One Day Hike. Only 20 miles to go!


Five Random Quotes: Dirty Hiking

This Saturday, April 25, is the annual One Day Hike. I’m doing the 50K (31.1 miles) version for the 4th time. And with far less training than previously.

Let’s do some dirty quotes and get inspired.


‘It is not the mountain we conquer, it is ourselves.’ – Edmund Hillary

Conquer the mountain


‘I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.’ – Rosalia de Castro

See your path


‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.’ – Anonymous



‘One step at a time is good walking.’ – Chinese Proverb

Good Walking


‘Walking is a man’s best medicine.’ – Hippocrates

Best Medicine


Walk it off!

550 for January-April: Miles

I’m a little slow in posting this goal.

I guess you can say I’ve been doing other things… And I have been working on this goal since January, but I can report I’m woefully behind. Woefully. A March Madness miracle is in order.

I do have the 50K One Day Hike in late April to look forward to, along with a few training hikes, so maybe that will be the difference!


Goal for January-April: Hike, run or bike 550 miles total. Just do it.


Just a hike in the land Down Under
Just a hike in the land Down Under



My last goal was in December. Let’s peek at how I fared.

Goal for December: Do all 11 items on my freshly minted To Do List.

Total: 9 (out of 11)

Result: Fail!


December To Do List

  1. Touch snow – I would say go skiing, but my back may not have recovered enough by then. Result: No. I could have driven an hour and stuffed frigid snow down someone’s back. But I didn’t. Instead, upon my return to DC, it snowed.
  2. Attend two Seattle Seahawks games – One in Philadelphia and one in Seattle. Result: Boom, son! Done!
  3. Grace Portland, OR or Vancouver, B.C. with my presence – They both need it! Result: Indeed. I hit up Portland for an evening of…stuff. I believe alcohol and karaoke reared their ugly heads. Don’t quote me.
  4. Watch two Oscar buzz movies in the theater – With extra butter. Result: Yep. Wild and Unbroken.
  5. Take a hike – I need to find out what bears do in the woods. Result: True. I did a quick 8-mile jaunt along the Foothills Trail in Orting.
  6. Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – Eat it! Result: I ate it.
  7. Try 10 new beers – AKA beers I’ve not had the pleasure or displeasure of drinking before. Result: This I did in abundance. I should get extra credit, because I had about 25 new beers…but who can remember?
  8. Eat at Thai Tom (Seattle) – Or any Thai restaurant on this Seattle Times list. Result: No. I tried, but the line to get in was out the door. So I went to a different Thai restaurant a few blocks away.
  9. Visit Two Beers Brewing Co. (Seattle) – Or any brewery I haven’t yet visited in Seattle. Result: Burp.
  10. Visit one Espresso Vivace coffee shop (Seattle) – Or any coffee shop from this King 5 list around Washington state. Result: Sipped! 
  11. Wild Card – Add something awesome when I think of it. Result: I can add anything here, right? Well, I’ll put down the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, because it is crazy excess for coffee lovers.


Starbucks or something like it.
Starbucks or something like it.


Five Random Photos (x2) Shared in January ’15

Since 2015 has started cold (and I didn’t post one of these in December), you get double the pleasure. Double the bang for your buck! Double bonus!

10 random photos. Don’t thank me.

Okay, thank me. But keep it short.

In honor of the Seattle Seahawks making it to the Super Bowl two years in a row, many of these contain a Seattle theme.


Seahawks at Eagles! Victory!
Seahawks at Eagles! Victory!


Rams at Seahawks! Victory!
Rams at Seahawks! Victory!




Pour extra salad sauce on my Teriyaki
Pour extra salad sauce on my Teriyaki


This is the UW Quad on camera. Any questions?
This is the UW Quad on camera. Any questions?


Getting busy at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
Getting busy at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room


Book learnings in DC
Book learnings in DC


Gimma some Chilaquiles! Now!
Gimma some Chilaquiles! Now!


Snow Trek
Snow Trek


Frozen Balls
Frozen Balls


May nothing work out for you. If you’re a Patriots fan, that is.

The Brewery Hike Extravaganza, and Other Middling Yarns

Back in the day, August 30th to be precise, I set about to undertake a fantastical journey through the streets of Washington, DC.

The goal was to hike to six of the seven breweries in DC. Note: An eighth brewery has opened since.

Not only to hike to them, but to enjoy all the splendor of their beer coffers.

See this Tolkienesque, but not random, journey mapped in all its glory.



If everything went according to plan, the hike would cover 11 miles and include an undisclosed amount of liquid gold.

Suffice it to say, it did not go according to plan. We skipped the final destination, Bluejacket, and the 4-1/2 miles it would require to hike there, in favor of being extremely drunk.

We went to five of the six breweries, and hiked 6-1/2 miles in total. We also stopped at the newly opened Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

High five! Success. The original plan was merely aspirational.

The journey started with lunch at Right Proper Brewing Company and ended at the beer garden of Bardo.



Lunch at Right Proper
Lunch at Right Proper
Follow the beer soaked road...
Follow the beer soaked road…


Street people
Street people
Don't touch my ball
Don’t touch my ball
Do it well, or don't do it at all. - Chuck Brown
Do it well, or don’t do it at all. – Chuck Brown
Beats by Drunks
Beats by Drunks


Get some
Get some
Living the dream
Living the dream


Atlas tasting room
Atlas tasting room
In the zone
In the zone
This is you after the hangover
This is you after the hangover





In a recent post, Choices, I hypothesized two potential road trips I could take in September.

It’s time to reveal The Decision!

Dun dun dun…

I’m going to Houston and Dallas to see Minute Maid Park and Globe Life Stadium in Arlington!

I’ll also stop in for a Sounders game in Dallas.

Round trip from D.C. is a mere 3516 miles!

Along the way, I’ll stop at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and a night in New Orleans. On the way back, I’ll probably stop off in Nashville.

Kuma is excited to ride shotgun. Somewhere in all this, we’ll eat good food, try new beers and listen to lots of music.

Map it!


On the road again. I just can’t wait to get on the road again.

14 for June/July: New Coffee Shops

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake. – Lewis Black



For my next goal, I wish to drink coffee. Lots of it. So, let’s go find some new coffee shops in Washington, D.C. or other random places.

June/July Goal: Visit 14 new coffee shops

I rate a good coffee shop with the following Yes/No criteria:

  • Is the coffee good? (Doesn’t matter, I’ll just order a mocha or vanilla latte).
  • Good ambience?
  • Plenty of seats? Roomy?
  • Outside seating?
  • Does it offer free, do-it-yourself water?
  • Free wi-fi?
  • Food or baked goods?
  • Non-key access bathroom?

I’ll probably try to work from a few coffee shops once a week or so, to escape the office!

Drink up!


Let’s look at how I did for my April/May goal!


April/May Goal: Hike and run 140 miles

Final stats: 140.11 miles

Result: Success!

Totals breakdown:

  • Running = 8.55 miles
  • Hiking = 131.56 miles


I busted out a 12 mile hike on the last day and completed this beast.

I did not run as much as I intended to. I also missed the Semper Fi 5K because I was flying home from hot and rainy Thailand.

But I did complete the One Day Hike (31.1 miles) and a practice hike (26.6 miles) that saved the day!

C & O Canal Towpath
C & O Canal Towpath


Take a bow.

Back To My Roots

If the ‘writing’ and posting to this blog does indeed have roots, I am not aware of them. Random doesn’t happen with forethought.

I can say, roots be damned, that I do, as the mood allows, like to string a few words together. Some call it writing. That’s a classification more sophisticated than what happens here. I prefer to call it cuneiform or scrawling.

Travel is a topic as good as any to scrawl about.

As a strange habit, I shoot poorly composed photos of paths leading off into the distance. It is either inspirational or tedious. You can find a sampling of this nonsense on The World page.

I posted a few new ones to the page and included them below.

Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines
Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines
Harvard University, Boston
Harvard University, Boston
Capitol Crescent Trail, Maryland
Capitol Crescent Trail, Maryland
Mt. St. Helens, Washington
Mt. St. Helens, Washington
Billy Goat Trail, Maryland
Billy Goat Trail, Maryland
Harper's Ferry and Shenandoah River, West Virginia
Harper’s Ferry and Shenandoah River, West Virginia
Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.
Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.
Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
Upper Dark Hollow Trail, Virginia
Upper Dark Hollow Trail, Virginia
Tourist Information Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tourist Information Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Quad biking, Kenya
Quad biking, Kenya


Get back to your roots.

Five Random Photos Shared in April ’14

Images have never appeared it such random dispositions.

Opening Day! Bring on the baseball season!
Opening Day! Bring on the baseball season!


Strolling the C & O Canal Towpath
Strolling the C & O Canal Towpath


Such a sight in Kuala Lumpur
Such a sight in Kuala Lumpur


I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let Awesome Con win.
I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let Awesome Con win.


Finished my 3rd One Day Hike in record time!
Finished my 3rd One Day Hike in record time!


Bonus! Because you can never have enough cherry blossom photos!

I cannot tell a lie. It was George who killed the cherry tree.
I cannot tell a lie. It was George who killed the cherry tree.


Five Random Quotes: Let’s Go Hiking

In honor of my upcoming 50 kilometer One Day Hike along the C & O Canal Towpath, let’s enjoy a few quotes.


‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.’ – John Muir


‘Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.’ – Steven Wright



‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.’ – O.A. Battista



‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.’ – T.S. Eliot



‘Every twenty minutes on the Appalachian Trail, Katz and I walked farther than the average American walks in a week. For 93 percent of all trips outside the home, for whatever distance or whatever purpose, Americans now get in a car. On average, the total walking of an American these days – that’s walking of all types: from car to office, from office to car, around the supermarket and shopping malls – adds up to 1.4 miles a week…That’s ridiculous.’ – Bill Bryson from A Walk In The Woods