At the risk of writing a (slightly) political article alluding to some opinions about supply chains and the state of the modern world, I wanted to share what (finally) arrived on my doorstep yesterday. A box. In fact, it was a large box, and a box I’d ordered … in June. In June, we were undergoing record heat, the days were long, and ahead of us were all sorts of free summer weekends filled with plans and potential for getaways to the mountains or nearby lakes or anywhere our pandemic lockdown selves could reach in a car without crossing borders. We optimistically ordered an inflatable kayak. And not just any old blow-up boat. We did some research, trialed some rentals,…

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Our adventuresome summer is nearing an end as the last day of August brings that calendar page flip into sharp focus. The final third of the year is upon us once again, a time when the days turn shorter and crispier. And as hoped my writing and posting reprieve has given me a healthy backlog of blogging fodder which I’ll be dishing out over the next month or so. Case in point: for us it took an unexpected turn into the summer of inflatable adventures. Early summer, we bought two inflatable kayaks. Mid-summer, we received just one. Therein is a whole other story about the modern state of the supply chain and the demand for recreational equipment these days which…

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It’s been about a month since I settled on my backyard firepit solution but I haven’t said much about the pit itself save for posting a few photos of the results of my outdoor cooking efforts. My upgrade from a simple steel fire bowl was an effort to find a backyard firepit that answered a number of questions: How much was I willing to spend? My initial research had led me to a company out East who build custom iron fire pits. I corresponded with their sales guys for about a week back and forth, negotiating a price, but at the end of the day I wasn’t going to be able to get what I wanted AND have it shipped…

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