Jumping Joe

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
May 012024
 

Note: Since I’ve spent most of my time writing lately, I don’t have anything new to blog about. So I thought I would repost a blog from 2018 about a small town museum where I learned some things abot my family that I never knew. We have always loved exploring small town museums and have […]

Oct 042021
 

Housed in the original 1909 Firehouse Number 1 on the edge of downtown, the excellent Denver Firefighters Museum tells the story of more than 150 years of firefighting in the Mile High City, from before the Denver Fire Department was formed in 1866, to the present. Here visitors will find two floors of historical artifacts, […]

Tragedy At Terra Mar

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 032021
 

We love our little community of Terra Mar Village, here on the Intracoastal Waterway halfway between Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach. It’s nothing fancy, but we have access to the water and amenities that include two swimming pools, a clubhouse, boat launch, and a 300-foot fishing pier. Not to mention a lot of nice neighbors. […]

Oct 112020
 

When a wildfire erupts in the rugged backcountry of the American West, getting firefighters on the scene as quickly as possible can make the difference between a minor problem and a major catastrophe. The men and women of the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers are specially trained to parachute into the fire zone, carrying everything they […]

Mar 162020
 

“Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.” My generation heard that warning over and over while we were growing up from a lovable bear character named Smokey. And we all knew the story of the little bear cub who was found orphaned in a forest, clinging to a burned tree. But did you know that’s […]

Apr 052019
 

Note: This story is from my book Overlooked Arizona. I have a tremendous amount of respect for firefighters, but it is a job I could never do. The very idea of being in a fire terrifies me. Maybe this is just a natural human reaction, or maybe it’s because I had a cousin who was […]

Jumping Joe

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232018
 

We have always loved exploring small town museums and have spent many delightful hours doing so over the years. Maybe it’s some kind of voyeurism to be able to look into the lives of people you never knew, in a community you’ve never been to before. We always come away feeling like we know some […]

Dec 252013
 

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you are surrounded by people you love. And please take a moment to remember the police officers, firefighters, first responders, nurses, doctors and other medical people who are at work today instead of being with […]