I sometimes tell people that while in university I unofficially minored in bugs. As a biology student I had many options for my options, but my interest veered sidelong into a course of courses in the entomology department. I exited with a bachelors degree in genetics, but the extra educational suitcase I had brought along was stuffed full of souvenirs from my study of insects. Packed in that suitcase, I’ve always adored the word Hymenoptera. hai – muh – NAAP – ter – uh Or, the order of insects that contains wasps, bees, hornets, ants and other similar six legged critters. The summer of 2021 was apparently a good year around here for a particular kind of yellowjacket wasp. Popular…

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Sunday Runday, and it’s been a couple weeks since I sat down to write a post. It is a summer break for me, after all, and I’ve been out on the road, in the mountains, on the lake, and … as the topic of this post will soon reveal, running through the wilderness. In fact, a few interesting things have happened in my running career since last I checked in. In particular, I may have spent some money on race registrations. In person race registrations. The BIG one I’ll save for another post. The little BIG one ties back to this morning’s Sunday running adventure that was had, all resulting from a spontaneous decision to sign up for a local…

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