To Do

501. Watch beavers build a dam

Updated September 27, 2009 I have no idea what made me think I’d ever be lucky enough to happen upon a family of beavers happily building a dam. But I’m going to keep it on my to do list, because you never know – I might be lucky enough to time my hike just right […]

317. Do some work for Habitat for Humanity

Updated November 23, 2009 I have great respect for those that donate their time and share of their wealth to help those that are less fortunate. I do what I can from time to time, but I usually manage to spread myself so thin that taking on yet another project is out of the question […]

228. Build an enormous snowman

Attempted many times during my childhood While I was never a huge fan of winter or snow, sometimes as a kid the attraction of sledding or playing in the snow was too strong to resist. And so we’d bundle up in coats, boots, mittens, hats and scarves and spend a couple of hours pulling the […]

227. Build a huge and elaborate snow castle

Updated September 27, 2009 For now, I’m moving this to my Nevermind list since I’ve decided that I hate snow and never want to live near it again. You don’t get many chances to build snow castles in Southern California. Who knows, though? Maybe someday I’ll be on a vacation and with nothing better to […]

156. Build an igloo

Attempted a few different times during my childhood I grew up in Pennsylvania, near the Great Lakes where we were frequently the victims of “lake-effect” snow. Lake effect snow meant it would snow 3 feet overnight and school wouldn’t be canceled. It was such a matter of routine, nobody batted an eyelash as they waded […]