Mike At Play

I like to work hard and play hard. The following links will show a bit of the few things I like to do outside of the office. I have been a Sierra Club trip leader for the last 20+ years, and lead Service Trips in the Southwest US a couple times a year. I also participate as a Trenton Computer Festival volunteer (and have been doing this for the last 25+ years).

God Bless the USA

Sierra Club Home Page

Trenton Computer Festival Home Page


Sierra Club Service TripsSierra Club Home Page

I am addicted to Sierra Club Service trips. These are trips where you *PAY* to slave away doing manual labor in some of the most wonderful places on the planet. It is not for the timid or someone not willing to leave the path most taken.

Specific information on (and some pictures from) past trips can be found below. Information on (and availability of) current 2014 service trips may also be found below. For more information on other available Sierra Club trips, check out www.sierraclub.org/outings.


No Facebook Please

Mea culpa

I must first apologize for not being on anything that smells like social media. I have no Facebook page, no Google+, no Twitter account, no Digg page (but alas, I do know the lingo). I also do not IM, TXT (as in send text messages - heck, I can't even read them!), or blog and in fact have never owned a cell phone (let alone a "smart" phone).

I do however live on-line for business, but try heroically to remain off-line for the rest of my life. I do read my email (and have too many email accounts) and sometimes even answer one of my many phones. So communications with me is best by email, with phone a distant second and faxing a close third.

So please do not feel snubbed if I ignore any "friend-ing" requests.

Current 2013 Service Trips

This year I lead THREE service trips to my beloved Southwest. The first will be a return to Arches National Park in the spring. This trip starts on May 4th and runs to May 10th, 2014. A full trip description can be found HERE.

The second trip will be a reprise of our popular Dixie Archeology and Trails trip, up in the mountains, in the pine forests of the southwest corner of Utah (in lovely Dixie National Forest). This trip starts on July 20th and runs to July 26th, 2014. A full trip description can be found HERE.

The third trip will be the second running of our popular Family service trip, to beautiful Bryce Cannyon National Park. This trip is for kids between the ages of 8 to 16 with an adult or guardian along for the ride. This trip is a perfect introduction to camping and usually fills up fast. This trip starts on August 10th and runs to August 16th, 2014. A full trip description can be found HERE.


Proposed Future Service Trips

I expect to lead three service trips to my beloved Southwest in 2015. The first will be another Arches work and wonder trip sometime in May.

The second we will attempt to return to Dixie National Forest. This may or may not be another family/kid trip.

Anf the third I am currently planning would be a return trip to Bryce in the fall, if they will have us again.

Past Service Trips

This is a list of past service trips that I have staffed, most as leader (links mean there are pictures to check out). Just look at the fun we have had!

Date

Location

2013 August 11-17

Family Return to Bryce, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

2012 May 6-12

Spring Arches, Arches National Park, Utah

2011 July 31 - Aug. 6

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2011 July 10-16

Family Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2011 May 8-14

Spring Arches, Arches National Park, Utah

2010 August 15-21

Family Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2010 June 20-26

Spring Arches, Arches National Park, Utah

2009 May 02-08

Spring Arches, Arches National Park, Utah

2008 July 27 - Aug. 02

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2008 June 22-28

Family Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2008 April 20-26

Return to Arches, Arches National Park, Utah

2007 Aug. 05-11

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2007 Jul. 29-04

Family Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2006 Sep. 24-30

Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado and Utah

2006 Aug. 20-26

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2005 Sep. 24-30

Hardcore Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2005 Jul. 24-30

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2005 Jul. 17-23

Family Dino Dig, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2004 Sep. 19-25

Teasdale Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2004 July 25-31

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2003 Sep. 21-27

Teasdale Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2003 July 27-02

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2002 Sep. 22-28

SingleTree Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2002 July 21-27

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2001 Sep. 23-29

SingleTree Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2001 Jul. 29-04

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

2000 Jul. 16-22

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

1999 Jul. 25-30

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

1998 Jul. 26-01

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

1998 May 10-16

Upper Salt Creek, Cannyonlands National Park, Utah

1997 Jul. 27-02

Dixie Archaeology, Dixie National Forest, Utah

1996 Sep. 08-14

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

1995 Oct. ??-??

Arches National Park, Utah

1995 May 27-03

Tusayan National Forest, Arizona

1994 Sep. 26-02

Arches National Park, Utah

1994 May 02-09

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico

1994 Apr. 24-30

Arches National Park, Utah

1993 Sep. 26-02

Arches National Park, Utah

1993 May 02-08

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico

1992 Apr. 26-02

Arches National Park, Utah

1991 Oct. 06-12

Cannyonlands National Park, Utah

1991 Apr. 21-27

Arches National Park, Utah

1990 Sep. 29-06

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico



Trenton Computer Festival 
Home PageTrenton Computer Festival

In 1985 I discovered the Trenton Computer Faire (now Festival), at the Trenton State College in New Jersey. The first few years, I was just a wide-eyed consumer. And boy did I see some great things. And the best things were always in the "Flea Market" area. Finally I hooked up with one of the volunteers from one of the several computer clubs that were the backbone of The Faire, and have participated ever since. I have followed the TCF from location to location (and finaly back to the place of its birth - Trenton, New Jersey).

For more information on this year's Festival (including dates and directions), check out www.tcf-nj.org.


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