After an incredibly successful first day of waterfall hunting in the Richland Creek Wilderness area, we decided to pack another day full of waterfalls, this time in the Upper Buffalo area. We thought this hike would be trickier, but these waterfalls were all so close to one another, it was actually easier than day 1. The first waterfall we found was the easiest because it’s … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls in Arkansas: Day 2
A goal of mine this season was to find some waterfalls in Arkansas before they all dry up. I was told a lot of them dry up before summer arrives, so we decided to go when it was still chilly out. Fortunately, I have a friend with several books on Arkansas hiking and waterfalls, and I knew he would be an asset to the trip. … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls in Arkansas: Day 1
Now that I’ve got a basic plan about what I’m going to do with my new home, it’s time to secure funding. I estimate the cost of my home repair to be between 20K and 30K . Initially, I was going to take out a loan and pay for everything all at once because I’m pretty good with my money, and I have excellent credit. … Continue reading Reevaluating how to fund my home improvement project
This question is based on a stereotype, and like many stereotypes it’s not entirely true, but exists for a reason. I would even extend this question to Republicans and Christians. Why? Because having interacted with conservatives, Republicans, and Christians my entire life, I’ve noticed a prevailing attitude of contempt toward environmentalism and any attempt to take care of the planet, and I wasn’t sure why … Continue reading Do conservatives hate the environment?
Income inequality is one of the biggest issues in the United States, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear way to deal with it. The gap between the ultra wealthy and everybody else is both shameful and shocking. How did this happen and how do we fix it? The first step is acknowledging that income inequality is a real problem and not an issue … Continue reading How should we address income inequality?
I’ve been doing a lot of research on my dad’s side of the family, and I’ve managed to track back all the way to my 4th great grandparents. Most of them were born sometime in the 1st or 2nd decade of the 19th century. I was thrilled to discover how much of my family history was already tracked online by other relatives, but I’ve hit … Continue reading Ancestry Roadblocks
I’ve been tracking my family tree on my father’s side of the family, and I’ve discovered so many wonderful things about my ancestors. Currently, I am researching my 3rd great grandparents who were born and raised during the 19th century. This generation either grew up or served during the American Civil War. I learned that many of these families moved to Missouri during this time … Continue reading My 3rd Great Grandparents
In 2019, I took a tour of the 5 Stans and it’s a trip I’ll never forget. It’s taken way too long for me to blog about it, but I’ll try to highlight the best parts of the trip. We arrived at the Ashgabat airport early morning and transfered to the city where we immediately began our tour of the city. Turkmenistan is a very … Continue reading The Stans – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan
Recently, I bought my second home (my first home to purchase solo). Now it’s time to start my home remodel adventure! I tend to rush projects that require time and planning, and I’m determined not to do that with my house. I want to remodel the entire thing as efficiently, safely, and economically as possible. This means a lot of research, and that’s the first … Continue reading Planning my Home Remodel
As I continue my journey studying my ancestry, I’ve gotten a wealth of information from my grandparents. Fortunately for me, they remember their grandparents fairly well and have many stories to tell. I’ve been organizing old photos in my grandparents house and identifying different people. My grandmother’s mother saved boxes of information about the Wilsons. My great great grandfather Arthur Wilson was apparently a great … Continue reading My Grandparent’s Grandparents