Breaking radio silence

Sleeping Raccoon. While visiting Merced NWR, we noticed this raccoon up in a notch of a tree sleeping away the day. We also noticed a number of feather piles nearby indicating ex-ducks and ex-coots. we don't believe seeing these near each other is a coincidence. Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

Sleeping Raccoon. While visiting Merced NWR, we noticed this raccoon up in a notch of a tree sleeping away the day. We also noticed a number of feather piles nearby indicating ex-ducks and ex-coots. we don’t believe seeing these near each other is a coincidence. Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

Time to shake off the dust and break radio silence here.

Apologies for the long time between postings; a combination of dealing with various things that either aren’t remotely interesting to talk about or things that I can’t talk about (or in a few cases, talk about yet). And, frankly, enjoying the break and not having much motivation to find things to talk about.

It’s time to change that, though, get back on the horse and start rambling down the road. One key thing that should happen this week is that a property we’ve been working to sell out of Mom’s estate should close this week, checking that big item off the To Do list. Still a lot to do to finalize various details, but we’ve made most of the major decisions and it’s mostly finding out which papers have to go to what person to make it happen. In an unrelated note, the local notary has bought a new boat…. (just kidding. sort of).

Various other things are also starting to bubble up to the surface, and after some time where I frankly needed the break, I’m now starting to push my 2016 projects forward. Next up — moving my sites from WordPress to Squarespace. Why? simplify things and reduce the amount of work and administrative time I need to spend on them down the road.

I’ve also been thinking through travel and project plans for the year, and right now have two trips penciled in; one in maybe May or June to go through some of the northern refuge areas (Klamath, Malheur if it’s re-opened, Ridgefield, etc) and visit a some of the parks along the journey like Lava Beds, maybe Lassen, Crater Lake. Roughly speaking, a loop through eastern and central California, Oregon and Washington out to Port Angeles and/or Poulsbo, some time around Olympic National Park, then home through Seattle and Portland.

Then around Labor Day, Laurie and I are talking about going back to Yellowstone, sometime from mid-August to Mid-September, for 10-14 days.

I’m also going to be doing my SoCal trips on and off indefinitely for much of the year as we grind out estate details, and I will be trying to get up to Sacto NWR and Colusa NWR for a weekend soon. Other stuff might be possible but that’s the key planning — all subject to revision, of course.

I’m working to get this blog and the photo blog (remember it?) back on a 1-2 post a week cadence until I get the Squarespace merged site up, and then try to get 3-4 times a week going on that.

One other thing that I’ve been thinking a lot on is about the whole “get out of the house more” thing, the bane of the work at home geek. I’ve committed to myself to get out birding a lot more and to explore a lot more of the local birding places than I’ve done in the last year. I’ve decided I need to change that, and so I’m going to be rearranging parts of my schedule to better allow me to get out to other places — like Starbucks or Peetes — to work a couple of times a week, and to open up times in my schedule to let me out of the house for walks and blocks of outside time.

Which is easier to say to do because it impacts other team members but I’ve let it slide too long, and if I don’t actually make it happen, it’s not going to magically fix itself.

More on that, probably, later. And until then, happy 2016!