Carson the Fisherman

Date October 21, 2012

Carson has been a pretty avid fisherman for the past year or so, and that interest continued through the summer and into the fall: Fishing below the dam near our house Fishing during our family trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake on Lake Erie The monstrous walleye haul when he went across the Canadian border in Lake Erie [...]

Lobster, Anyone?

Date July 12, 2010

With three functioning cameras floating around, we occasionally find pictures that are a bit dated. This one isn’t that bad — it’s from June 24th when my parents treated Carson, Julie, and Alana to lobster in Dripping Springs.

Grandparent Gifts

Date January 11, 2010

For a variety of domino-effect logistical reasons, when my parents arrived just before New Years, they brought one gift each for each member of the family. Alana’s gift was a set of Bendaroos, which I’d never heard of, but which Alana opened and then squealed, “Bendaroos!” She insisted that she and Boppa set to work [...]

Carson + 2 Grandparents + Maine = Heaven

Date August 24, 2009

Carson headed up to Maine with my parents for a week-and-a-half. I got the photos off their camera, but can only provide the sparsest of descriptions. I think the evidence indicates he had a great time! Hiking Kayaking Kayaking with Boppa Swimming/Snorkeling with Boppa Fishing “Birdwatching” Sculpture Climbing

My Parents’ Retirement: 44% Ain’t Bad for Five Weeks

Date July 1, 2009

My parents just returned from their 5-week Alaskan odyssey. They reported that, between the two of them, they saw 199 species of birds (they each saw 198, and each saw one that the other did not see). Apparently, there are “as many as 450 species of birds” in Alaska, which means they saw 44% of [...]

Early Birthday, Early Christmas…Bikes All Around

Date September 20, 2008

My parents came into town last weekend for a quick visit, and one of the key tasks for the trip was taking Carson down to get a new bike — an early birthday present…but one that he desperately needed: He is thrilled with it. Well, somehow, that evolved into Alana needing a bike, which became [...]

Closing in on 40 Years…

Date August 3, 2008

Next year will mark my parents 40th year of marriage, unless I’ve butchered the math and my facts, which is entirely possible. If so, I’ll get a correction posted when they return from their Arctic trip and read this. For as long as I can remember, and becoming a more openly discussed topic after Kim [...]

A Glimpse into the Elder Wilsons’ Global Birding

Date June 1, 2008

If you’ve talked to my parents about birding at any length, you’ve probably heard them refer to “Jack-and-Ed” — Jack Cole and Ed Frost, who are California-based fellow birders with whom they frequently meet up for various birding trips (Ed Frost is the son of the late “Mrs. Frost,” who lived in Sour Lake and [...]

Gilligan on the AT Revisited: 18-May-1993

Date May 18, 2008

This is a 5-month long series of blog posts that are the entries in my journals written on most evenings as I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1993. The journal entry appears first — indented — and then any additional commentary from my 15-years-removed perspective follows. 5/18/93 — Tue. For the first time, I am [...]

Gilligan on the AT Revisited: 17-May-1993

Date May 17, 2008

This is a 5-month long series of blog posts that are the entries in my journals written on most evenings as I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1993. The journal entry appears first — indented — and then any additional commentary from my 15-years-removed perspective follows. 5/17/93 — Mon. We made it to Rainbow Springs [...]