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Kestrel wine tasting menu

Touring in Prosser, WA.

On the road to Seattle, I spent a night in Prosser. The group I was with wanted to stop here for wine tastings. I didn’t really know what to expect! Wine tasting in a small town in the middle of Washington? First off, I’m no wine aficionado. I can appreciate a good wine, but my …

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singer on stage

Take Me Downtown Tour

Saw Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, and Lady Antebellum recently. Very talented people putting on quite a good show. I was able to capture these questionably good, admittedly mediocre, shots throughout the night. Enjoy them mildly.

RigCast Restart

It’s been nearly 10 months since RigCast boarded up its windows and locked the doors. In that time, I completed a GoRuck Challenge, completed a Tough Mudder, sold a home, moved across the country, built a new home, married my best friend, and joined a new SAR team. Today, I have officially reopened the doors …

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Where is RigCast?

At the time of this post, RigCast is a hobby authored and maintained by one person, myself. Many friends and family provide gear for me to test, test gear themselves, and even give me feedback for write-ups and R3s, but as of today, I am the only one with RigCast authoring & administration credentials. I …

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ASU Solar Panel Install Timelapse

Arizona State University recently installed solar panels over the University Services Building parking lot. I captured the 2 months of construction and condensed it into a 5 minute time-lapse.

Phoenix Sunset Panorama

The desert is generally regarded as a harsh environment. Everything that lives there exists solely because it has learned to fight, and it usually isn’t afraid to fight you. However, sometimes the desert can downright startle you with its beauty. Of all the places I have been in the world, I’ve never seen a sunset …

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Life Achievement: Ham License

These two circles and three signatures on this flimsy piece of paper mean I have successfully passed my amateur radio technician license test. Now it’s time for the fun part, getting a radio and playing around with some new tech. I will post a writeup on the what/why/how of ham radio soon, and you might …

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Midnight Haboob

Last night a Haboob hit Phoenix with heavy wind sheer, zero visibility, electrical activity, and almost no moisture. A day later and Phoenix still has a haze of dust in the air settling over it. I took a quick video last night when the storm calmed a bit and documented some of the aftermath.

Liquid Smoke

Ron Swanson knows best. If you are a whiskey fan, don’t miss this. Pairs with red meat, the outdoors, and a fire. Tastes like your clothes smell after camping, and yes, that’s a good thing.