Hot Springs National Park: Day 1

October 2020. A week and a half before an election that Americans had been on the edge of their seat about. In the middle of a pandemic that continued to steadily worsen, with people now over half a year removed from everyday life. A time when people eyed each other suspiciously not only trying to …

May 26, 2021 Storm Chase: Perryton, TX Tornadoes

Ever since mid-March (!?!), 2021 has been a nightmarish year for me storm chasing. I did not properly chase one storm in all of April. Which isn’t to say that the atmosphere wasn’t cooperating – on April 23, a cyclic supercell put down tornado after tornado near Vernon, TX. I was at Scipio’s vet appointment. …

Summer 2020: Rocky Mountain National Park

Previous Post: As cool as it would have been to camp above the tree line, Rocky Mountain National Park didn’t offer that as an option. Instead, Elizabeth and I were planning on cramming Michael and Irene with us in our tent spot at the Glacier Basin Campground. Glacier Basin provided perfect access to the main …

Staycation 2021: We’re Vaccinated

The last time I ate at an indoor restaurant was March 14, 2020, at a Culver’s east of St. Louis. Over a year had gone by since then – weekly takeout orders, efforts to eat local, learning to actually cook for ourselves, occasionally eating on a patio if the weather permitted – and finally, by …

Life Update: Getting Vaccinated, Getting Jobs, Getting Back to Normal

We are now moving into our second year of covid restrictions. I have not eaten a meal indoors at a restaurant since March 14, 2020, at a Culver’s near St. Louis. Over the past couple of months, Elizabeth and I had started to get back to eating outdoors at restaurants, encouraged by Scipio’s improving behavior …

Summer 2020: Grand Lake/Trail Ridge Road

Check out the previous post: It had already been an eventful trip to Colorado. Getting to see Elizabeth’s reaction to the Rockies in the distance, staying downtown in Denver, a camping mutiny over campsite locations, and a literal derecho – somehow, despite the fact that we hadn’t really been on a big hike in the …

March 13, 2021: Caprock Magic Strikes Early

Much like unicorns or the state of North Dakota, March tornadoes have always felt like one of those things that get discussed all the time without actually existing. Mythology, really. From 2017 – 2020, I hadn’t ever managed to see a Real Tornado before April 22. But on March 13, 2021, with a localized tornado …

Scipio’s First Camping Trip: Palo Duro Canyon, March 2021

(I want to begin this post by thanking the inimitable Joshua Schank for helping me migrate my blog to nolanmeister.com. I ran through all of the storage allowed by the OU Create server which, but for his generosity and technical support, would have been the end of a blog that helped me maintain my sanity …

Summer 2020: Arapaho National Forest

Previous post Friday, June 5. Elizabeth pulled out from the parking garage in Denver, and with pinpoint navigation from Michael and myself, headed westward through Denver until she reached I-70. Looming directly ahead was the starkness of the Front Range – a phenomenon that really can’t be described unless you’ve driven that stretch of 70. …

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