Category wildlife

Trail 44

“Have you heard of Trail 44?” my coworker Jason asked me a while ago. “No. Why?” Jason pulled out his phone. “It looks epic,” he said while he scrolled through pictures his friend had posted of it on Facebook. The photos showed long rolling ridges punctuated by peaks covered in beargrass. A lone rider cruised […]

Jaguar and the Rat Resolution

It’s been three weeks since I have had to face a night of scurrying, couch foam-stealing, rice bag-nibbling, droppings-leaving rats in my house. And I’m still jumpy. It got to the point that any flicker of movement, any sound I heard, I would flip on the light, throw back the sheets, and shoot upright in […]

Tonki and the Rats (PG-13)

We got a cat last night. His name is Tonki. Tonki ran away this morning. A little while ago our dog Woody started barking like mad. I thought to myself, “Hmph. I bet Woody treed Tonki.” Tonki is something of a special purchase. See, it’s not so much that we wanted a cat. It’s that […]

Costa Rica: Montezuma and the Trip Home

Montezuma. I’ve been there a handful of times, and every time is just a little bit different. The first time I wound up there, I was with my buddy with whom I traveled throughout Central America and three of our friends who had come to meet us there. We stayed at a villa on the […]

Costa Rica: Travel Day

We left the house around 5:30. The bus was coming at 6:00. Nobody was thrilled to be awake so early. It would have been way more convenient to have hired a private shuttle from La Tigra to Montezuma. But we weren’t interested in traveling like tourists. As anyone who has traveled extensively knows, much of […]

Moose!

Sometimes, to view the extraordinary, we need not travel any further than our own living room. Sunday morning, we were sipping coffee, admiring the wintry beauty in our yard. Suddenly, the dog ran into the living room, whining and crying. “Moose!” I said as I plopped my coffee down. We ran into the living room […]