Where to Go, When to Go

A guide to wintertime recreation in the Mad River Valley backcountry. Backcountry skiing has a season and a place. When and where to go are the two big questions for BC enthusiasts. Where can depend on when, and vice versa. Here is a short essay on when and where to go for wintertime backcountry adventures in the Mad River Valley. Though I do not … Continue Reading →

Home, Where the Heart Is

August 16, 2023 – Along the Mill Brook I did not need audio on the way toward home from Indianapolis Sunday morning. The musical repertoires ingrained from weeks of intense listening to 2023 DCI drum and bugle corps shows rang in my cranium. The heavily exercised thalamus gland that houses the pleasure button and the trigger to my tear ducts was again fully engaged … Continue Reading →

DCI World Championships 2023

August 12, 2023 – Indianapolis, Indiana The past two days were a blur. Each year, I find more things to occupy my time in Indianapolis before I go into the oil can to watch the drum corps shows. Therefore, I have had less time to catch up with you daily. Preliminary and Semi-finals are in the books. The top four drum corps are ranked … Continue Reading →

Indy of Bust for DCI 2023

August 10, 2023 – Indianapolis, Indiana 9:00 am I am again behind in keeping up with you on my 2023 DCI tour. I left you two days ago in Ohio on the way to Canton for my last outdoor drum corps show, the home show of the Bluecoats. This is one of my favorite shows of the year because of the excellent line-up and … Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania DCI 2023

August 7, 2023 – Along the Lincoln Highway It’s Monday of finals week. I am woefully behind in keeping you posted on the excellent drum corps shows I have witnessed in the past three days while in Pennsylvania. Today was another travel day after two days in Allentown and one in Pittsburgh. I am just outside Canton, Ohio, in this lovely park, not far … Continue Reading →

Onward to Allentown for DCI 2023

August 4, 2023 – Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 10:00 am I’m sitting here along the Delaware River on a bench that I built out of two large stones, a log, and a 12x48x2” milled board, all flotsam found on the sandy bank. I am about midway through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is my favorite route to Allentown, with … Continue Reading →

Shippin’ up to Boston

August 3, 2023 – Lawrence, Massachusetts. Yay, I’m in the Boston area for a live DCI show tonight! Yesterday, I detailed the Silver Bullet, my aging Volvo XC70, and loaded it up for my two-week tour auto tour of Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions. First is the Boston Area Show in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Boston Crusader will host a smallish show with only three … Continue Reading →

Going with the Flo for DCI

July 27, 2023 – Along the Mill Brook Here, I sit on my deck along the Mill Brook. It is the middle of the DCI season, and I am left with only my computer to enjoy the shows before hitting the road for my auto tour. We received another saturating rain today. It cleared around 4:20 pm, so I headed out for my daily … Continue Reading →

A Lark in the Park – Downtown Denver

July 16, 2023 3:00 pm – Downtown Denver My return of the rental car took a hybrid route of major highways and county roads across the flat upper plains past the watered cornfields. Water isn’t the only thing extracted around here. Several well-heads and storage tanks are evidence of significant hydro-fracking for fossil fuels. One wonders about the air quality of the communities and … Continue Reading →

Rocky Mountain High for DCI

July 16, 2023 – Fort Collins, Colorado It is an absolutely perfect day in Fort Collins. After a hearty Mexican breakfast of Huevos Rancheros, I found the Mason Trail. It is a busy Sunday morning with bikers, runners, and walkers. I strode about at a fast pace for about 30 minutes before stopping at this intersection with signs and benches. Looking at the map, … Continue Reading →