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15 States in 15 Days – The Stauffer Family Summer Road Trip

coldNow that summer is almost over, it’s nice to reflect on how it went. The Stauffer Family started this summer with a bang! Rachel finished her A.A. in Dance from Pikes Peak Community College (woot!), we sold our house and moved to a new city, and we decided to take a road trip across the USA before getting settled in the new place.

We bought a car top carrier, Keep Reading

We’re Moving: Boulder or Bust!

Big news in the Stauffer family: we’re moving! Later this month, I will be  uprooting my family of seven and heading north to Boulder, Colorado. I haven’t made a life change this big since I moved to Colorado from California as a teenager, so I’m not even sure how to let people know the news. Back in 1998, when we came here, we just told our Keep Reading

Lessons from the Darkroom

I like photography a lot, and always have. I’ve always appreciated a well-done photograph and have devoted a few years of my life to learning how to compose, create, and finish a photograph just the way I want it.

When I was a student at Pikes Peak Community College, almost all my time was spent learning the boring crap you need to get out of the way Keep Reading

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy

A few years ago, I signed up to attend the Citizen’s Academy that’s put on by the Colorado Springs Police Department. It’s an 11 week class that gives you, as a citizen, the opportunity to learn about how the Police Department is run, who runs it, and more. Some people had recently asked me about it, so I figured I’d finally share some photos and info Keep Reading

Hang Gliding at 3,000 Feet in Lake County, Florida

I recently took a trip to visit family in Florida to do some SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach-type activities. What I didn’t know, though, was that just six miles down the road from where my parents live, is a fun hang gliding place. I had the chance to go, so my little brother and I were towed up by an airplane, 3,000 feet Keep Reading

Maho Beach St. Maarten – Where The Planes Take Off

Here’s a video of when I was at Maho Beach in Sint Maarten (on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean). This beach, off Simpson Bay, is strangely positioned right in front of Princess Juliana International Airport which means it gets airplanes coming in and out all day long that fly right over where people are swimming.

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Not just little puddle jumpers either. Check out this Keep Reading

Wow, I Didn’t Know You Sang!

I’m a pretty private person. People who know me might be aware of this, but I don’t think they have a clue just how private I am. You could say I’m “guarded,” and you could even mistake me for being “anti-social” at times. But I don’t really care what you call it—I just prefer to live most of my life without explaining everything I do to Keep Reading

My Policy On Blog Comments

One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found about blogging (and the Internet in general) is the fact that people will comment on a particular blog post or article they read. I find it interesting because it’s only with the power of the Internet that you can actually have an interactive conversation like this. In years past if you read an article in print and either Keep Reading

When I Met Astronaut Charlie Duke

Today, I went to a luncheon and got to hear from General Charlie Duke, a former NASA Astronaut. He spent 71 hours on the surface of the moon with Apollo 16, and was the backup lunar pilot for Apollo 13.

Funny enough, he’s also the one who infamously caught the German measles back in the days of Apollo 13 and exposed fellow pilot Ken Mattingly to it, Keep Reading