National Museum of the Air Force (near Dayton, Ohio)

Wow, it’s big! Bigger than the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The National Museum of the Air Force (open to the public) at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base comprises four huge hangars (17 acres of indoor exhibit space) filled with planes and jets, stretching from a Wright Brother’s flyer to the Memphis Belle to aContinue reading “National Museum of the Air Force (near Dayton, Ohio)”

Genteel Bike Riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (near Cleveland)

My wife insists on comfortable bike riding. For me, who in my younger years had whooshed his ram’s handle, light ten speed with its narrow tires and hard, narrow seat around the cliff-edged curves of the Colorado National Monument, this slow, easy mode of bicycle touring is new—and nice. She looks good sitting on herContinue reading “Genteel Bike Riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (near Cleveland)”

Fossil fuel companies doing evil

Call this greed what it is: evil. Years ago, when I was a medical student riding ambulances in New Orleans, we pulled into an alleyway one night to aid a woman who’d been raped and to take her to Charity Hospital. Seeing what someone had done to her, I learned then that mean, evil peopleContinue reading “Fossil fuel companies doing evil”

Two strikes and we’re out. Call Republicans.

“Only the most important climate legislation ever proposed in America.” The future of my grandchildren can’t be all about what Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do. Call Republicans, too. ————————————————————————————————- Two strikes and we’re out. As Bill McKibben noted in a recently released webinar (see references) that hosted multiple fighters for climate-action, theContinue reading “Two strikes and we’re out. Call Republicans.”

Parks in many states

We hear of the big parks: Yellowstone, Glacier, Crater Lake, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain—and I had a misguided prejudice that most of the special lands are in the West. And then we began our year-long trailer travel journey east from Washington State, and I saw how each state has its parks, forests, wildernesses, wildlife refuges,Continue reading “Parks in many states”

Richard Brocksmith to be awarded by Washington Wild on 30 Sept.

[Note: The following is pasted from a 22 Sep. 2021 e-announcement from Washington Wild.] Each year Washington Wild presents the Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award to a volunteer activist who exemplifies the organizing passion and spirit of our co-founder, Karen Fant. Past recipients include Olympic Peninsula activist Connie Gallant, Climbing advocate Matt Perkins, and WashingtonContinue reading “Richard Brocksmith to be awarded by Washington Wild on 30 Sept.”

News deserts: bad for America

Save our communities and our country’s democracy: subscribe to a local newspaper and to a credible national/international news source. As my wife and I trailer-travel about the country, I make it a point to read the local paper from the towns where we stay to see what the local concerns are and to see whatContinue reading “News deserts: bad for America”

Aldo Leopold’s Center and shack—for those touring the history of conservation greats

I’d not realized the significance of Aldo Leopold until my recent exploration of the Leopold Center and the Aldo Leopold shack near Baraboo, Wisconsin. I’d read commentators who said that his book A Sand County Almanac was a pivotal book in American environmental writing, along with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,Continue reading “Aldo Leopold’s Center and shack—for those touring the history of conservation greats”

Port Gamble Forest Planning, 29 Sept.

PORT GAMBLE FOREST HERITAGE PARK MASTER PLANNING WEDNESDAY, 9/29 | 6:00-8:00 PMPUBLIC MEETING #3:DRAFT PARK ALTERNATIVES You are invited to join the Kitsap County Parks Department for the third virtual community meeting to discuss the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan Project. This meeting will focus on alternative park and trail plans that haveContinue reading “Port Gamble Forest Planning, 29 Sept.”

Gray Green: that’s me!

I love it—a term for who I am. An identity that provides me and others of my generation another means to act for Earth during this double-whammy time of climate change and mass extinction.     Newspapers recently reported (see references below) about gray-haired folks standing next to young people during their Extinction Rebellion climate protests.    Also,Continue reading “Gray Green: that’s me!”