Joy of the Mountain

The greatest joy of climbing a mountain is not during the trek up. That is numbing, taxing and a true test of mental fortitude. The true joy begins, moments from summiting the top. At the summit, you cast aside how difficult the journey up was. And…

Summiting Guadalupe Peak: Trip Journal Thur, 28 Dec 2017

Today I set out to climb Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. Over 8 miles (12.8 km) round trip, 3,000ft (914 m) elevation gain, and the possibility of 80+ mph (130 km) winds. I was ready. With the sunrise lighting my trail I set…

Carlsbad Caverns: Trip Journal Wed 27 Dec 17 Part 2

On my way back from my supply run I stopped at Carlsbad Caverns. I knew it was a very heavy tourist destination, but I didn’t realize the scale of it. I was told that there were 200 people in the caverns at the moment…

First night in Guadalupe Mountain NP. Trip Journal: Wed 27 Dec 17 Part 1

I just got back to camp. I decided to spend a few nights at Guadalupe Mountains National Park after Christmas. I wanted my brothers to come, but the drive was too much for them. So I am alone. The first night left me frozen…

Passing thoughts through Midland/Odessa: Trip Journal Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017

As I’m driving out to the Guadalupe Mountains I passed through the Midland/Odessa area. It was early morning when I set out and a heavy fog had been blocking my view from all angles. The sun came out and cleared it up quickly. As I drove here…

Field Notes: Microhabitats, worlds all on their own.

I’m back at E.L.M. Its cold outside, but I am hoping to find some early breeding salamanders. They will start breeding en masse in January, but one can still hope. I’ve found no Salamanders thus far, but I have admired all the microhabitats. Under logs, inside…

What do you Call a Vegan who Hunts?

*This article is over my thoughts and experiences about hunting and veganism. I will NOT try to convert you to either. I will not preach the Vegan gospel or lie and say that carrots and kale taste better than a butter-basted Ribeye. I will not…

Field Notes: First Night at Edith L. Moore

ELM 18-Nov-2017 20:12 Tonight was the 1st night at Edith L Moore. This was not the prime time for herping. I found a fair amount of species given the weather. It is cold, it is windy, and there is a storm front moving in….