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Sierra Club Outings

For the last year and a half I’ve been training to become a Sierra Club Outings leader. This coming September I’ll be putting in my assistant training time at Isle Royale with one of my mentors/leaders Robin Green. And this past weekend I went to our bi-yearly leadership meeting with my wife Sarah, who’s also training to become a leader.

What a great group of folks and a great organization to be a part of. If you’re interested in attending one of the trips we’ve got in the works, you know where to reach out to me.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from our training trip in Estes Park.


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Modifying Nature for Electronics

Geoff Manaugh over at BLDGBLOG on the potential implications of looking at nature as a potential partner with technology.

What interests me here is the possibility that we might someday begin landscaping our suburbs, our corporate campuses, our urban business parks, according to which species of vegetation are less likely to block WiFi.

This reminds me, in some ways, of Schroeder’s ideas of “rewilding” that I wrote about a while back.


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Starved Rock January ’19


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New Years Resolution 1: The Grand Circle Road Trip

It’s important to our family that our kids grow up exposed to nature in all its forms, and this coming season is no different. Since we recently received a National Parks pass for the year, we decided to hit the road and check out some of the places we haven’t visited yet.

As it turns out, there’s plenty of parks out there along designated cross-country driving trails that we can partake in. The best, and most recommended, one that we’ve found is the Grand Circle Road Trip that travels through Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Grand Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.

Giving kids the opportunity to see different natural places, and the communities that surround them, helps grow a sense of community that’s greater than the place they live. It’s also important to give them an appreciation from the natural world, which we’re increasingly becoming detached from.

As we put together our travel plans, particularly renting and/or buying an RV and taking our family on the road, I’ll keep everyone updated.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus