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Latest update: 8:42 PM CDT on Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014:  It was an exciting and memorable visit to St. Martin, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay during the past week, and I have photos available on the new Eastern Caribbean page. While the impetus for the voyage was sad, the fun our group of seven had was amazing.

August 3, 2013:  Just a quick update to add some photos from yesterday's hike to the Day Trips page. Also, last week I visited the Corner Pub in my hometown of Reedsburg, and that's in the Beer Table.

July 21, 2013:  No idea why it takes so long for me to get around to updating my site, but I think that I probably need to work on speeding up my photo selection and captioning skills! I have finally posted pictures from the three overnight trips I've taken in 2013. In March, there was my usual trip to Washington, DC, where in addition to my Senate Youth Alumni duties I had a chance to walk around the Tidal Basin and shoot some photos. In April, I went to Mishicot in northeastern Wisconsin, and did some hiking along Lake Michigan and visited Green Bay and Lambeau Field. Then, this month, I returned to Mercer in northern Wisconsin and hiked, boated, and enjoyed some time away. Of course, there were also beer visits along the way since last September, chronicled in the Beer Table.

September 16, 2012:  It's been a while since I've updated my site, but I haven't been hiking for a little while. That's because I ended up jamming my right little toe into my kitchen table, which made hiking more or less an exercise in pain that I wasn't interested in pursuing. I do have a couple of hiking photo sets posted on the Day Trips page, of both my last trip before my mishap and after today's great hike at Lake Kegonsa. But, there was more going on with me in the last few weeks, and from September 12 to 14 I was in New York for a Senate Youth Alumni event. When you give me two days in a city, I'll make the most of them, and I did two walking tours and an "explore on my own" in addition to my Thursday night event. Definitely an interesting month!

August 7, 2012:  After a long day at work, I needed a good break so I headed to Lake Kegonsa to get some light hiking in. Photos are on the Day Trips page.

August 5, 2012:  Today was a beautiful day, and since I had to check on a cable modem issue at our Lake Delton store, I figured I may as well get in some hiking at Mirror Lake State Park. I have some photos from my hike on the Day Trips page. After my work was done, I made a stop at the Moosejaw to have a couple of beers and dinner. Of course, that's on the Beer Table.

August 4, 2012:  The past month has been brutally busy at work, and finally today I was able to take some time (during a rain storm, no less) to put together the photos from some of my July and early August hikes. Those are available on the Day Trips page. However, all work and no play makes Dave a somewhat thirsty boy, and that meant that I had three brewpub visits during the last month as well, which are of course listed in the Beer Table.

July 8, 2012:  I paid a second visit to the Black Hawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, this time hitting the trails in the southern part of the park. A few pictures are on the Day Trips page.

July 7, 2012:  July has started out with a lot of heat...and a few adventures. There are a couple of photos from recent trips to New Glarus Woods and Donald Park on the Day Trips page. My friend Eric was in town, and we visited Madison's newest brewery, One Barrel Brewing, as its doors opened for the first time ever at 4:00 on July 6. That, plus a stop at the downtown Great Dane for dinner, are the two most recent additions to the Beer Table.

July 1, 2012:  I tried a new hiking trail just outside of Palmyra, in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Pictures are on the Day Trips page.

June 28, 2012:  I returned to Brooklyn State Wildlife Area for the second time this season, and it's a lot drier than it was when I visited only three weeks ago. Some pictures are on the Day Trips page.

June 26, 2012:  It was a great night for my third visit of the season to Blue Mound State Park, and some quick snapshots are on the Day Trips page.

June 24, 2012:  My last four hikes at Natural Bridge, New Glarus Woods, Donald Park, and Horicon Marsh are on the Day Trips page.

June 14, 2012:  Some pictures from a quick hike at Indian Lake County Park are on the Day Trips page.

June 13, 2012:  I was out hiking tonight and I've posted pictures from Blue Mound State Park on the Day Trips page. Also I had important business at the Grumpy Troll yesterday, and that visit is listed in the Beer Table.

June 11, 2012:  Surprisingly, I haven't been visiting too many brewpubs since my trip up north. However, I have been getting out and hiking--and taking a few pictures. I've posted photos from my first twelve hikes of the season on the Day Trips page.

May 12, 2012:  You know it's bad when I have to take a vacation in order to organize vacation photos for this web site, but finally I'm caught up. In addition to the requisite changes to the Beer Table, I have vacation photos spanning trips from October 2011 onward:

I'd hate to make any promises about keeping up to date, but I did rewrite the engine that builds my photo pages so it is theoretically easier to maintain. For those in the know among you I now use the sfYaml parser, and define the photos and their captions in YAML files. Please drop me a line if you see anything crazy in the newest pages listed above; they use a strange hybrid of PHP and SSI and are mostly a bridge to rewriting the entire site in PHP in the future.

December 1, 2011:  I'm horribly behind in updating this website, and today I decided to have a crack at making at least a couple of changes. I'm actually on vacation in Arizona as I post, after having had trips to Kentucky in May and to the Caribbean in October (pictures pending). Of course, there are several additions to the Beer Table; at least that is up to date now!

April 30, 2011:  After a week of low-speed Internet access, I'm finally able to post my Washington, DC pages, and now that I've completed my stay in the Brainerd Lakes area, I've got Minnesota photos available as well. And of course, there were a couple of edits to the Beer Table.

April 24, 2011:  It's strange that it takes a vacation to cause me to build a section for a different vacation, but that's what happened today. Right now I'm in Breezy Point, Minnesota, and I spent a little piece of the afternoon putting together photos from my trip to Washington, DC in March. Of course, I also had to play catch-up on the Beer Table.

January 26, 2011:  It's been forever since I've updated my vacation and beer pages, though I think that has more to do with being generally busy with non-vacation things than anything else. Today, a snowstorm canceled my plans to return from New York to Madison, so I had a chance to crank away on several vacation pages. Back in October, I made a trip to the general area of Mercer, Wisconsin, and those photos are in my Wisconsin 2010 pages. Just this past week, I visited both Boston and New York, and plenty of photos are available on my East Coast 2011 pages. And, not surprisingly, I've had a few entries to make in the Beer Table.

May 2, 2010:  My vacation in South Carolina came to an end yesterday. Today I finally had a chance to post the last pictures worth posting from the trip, including a visit to Bald Head Island in North Carolina, and my trip to Charleston this past Friday. In Charleston, I also had a chance to get a beer at the Southend Brewery, and links as usual are in the Beer Table.

April 28, 2010:  I've got more pictures on my South Carolina travel page, including a trip to Congaree National Park just outside of Columbia. I've also been fairly active on the brewpub front, visits which as usual are in the Beer Table.

April 26, 2010:  I'm on vacation in South Carolina, and over the last few days I've visited three brewpubs and done some light hiking in the low country. It's been a strange transition to vacation, but so far it's shaping up well. So long as the alligators stay away, that is.

March 10, 2010:  Over the last couple of days, I've had a breakfast, a luncheon, and a reception to attend, but in my off time I visited the National Museum of Crime and Punishment for the first time, and the National Museum of American History for probably the tenth time. All of that is on the Washington, DC page. I also snuck in a visit to the District Chophouse, which is recorded in the Beer Table.

March 8, 2010:  Today was my day to tour the Capitol in Washington, DC, thanks to Senator Feingold's office. I especially enjoyed watching speeches on the floor of the Senate for a couple of hours.

March 7, 2010:  I'm finally on a trip, and this time I'm in Washington, DC for the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association's 12th Annual Alumni Weekend and the 48th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Today was the first day I had some time to myself, and I went for a walk to the National Mall and visited the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Air & Space Museum, and the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden before heading off to an early dinner, that of course included an addition to the Beer Table.

July 26, 2009:  I'm back in Madison and made the final minor tweaks to the Road Trip 2009 pages, including the addition of high-resolution versions of the pictures. (Just click on the picture to have it open in a new window at 1024x768 resolution.) I drove more than 2,450 miles and hiked more than 40 miles. It was a good trip, but it will be nice to drive a little less for a while!

July 25, 2009:  Road Trip 2009 is coming to a close. Tonight I'm in Mankato, Minnesota, after visiting the Jeffers Petroglyphs site and the Schell Brewery in southwest Minnesota. Of course, as part of visiting Schell, I had to sample the beer at the end of the tour...which of course necessitated yet another update to the Beer Table.

July 24, 2009: I'm in Mitchell, South Dakota, home of the famous Corn Palace, and I finally had a chance to post yesterday and today's photos in the Road Trip 2009 section. My visits to Crow Peak (the peak itself, not the brewery), Badlands National Park, and Minuteman National Historic Site were great fun. And, on Thursday, I made two brewery visits—a return to Firehouse Brewing in Rapid City, and a return to Crow Peak in Spearfish. Links are in the Beer Table.

July 22, 2009: Today I made the trip from North Dakota to South Dakota, with a stop in Wyoming to see Devil's Tower National Monument for the second time. Pictures from that hike, which covered most of the trail system in the monument, are on the Road Trip 2009 page. Following a hike, what better activity than to visit the taproom of a brewery—and Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish, SD, was my destination. The IPA was a little different (much more malt than I would expect) but the porter was a chocolatey, earthy indulgence that tasted good even on a hot day. As usual a link is in the Beer Table.

July 21, 2009: It's my second day in western North Dakota, and I made a return trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park to do some hiking. Unfortunately, I didn't do as much hiking as I'd like--the mud tried to suck me down, and that's not my idea of a good time. There's a new set of photos on the Road Trip 2009 page.

July 20, 2009: Today, I traveled from Fargo to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which was quite a drive. It was worth it, though. The badlands of North Dakota are an impressive sight, and getting out and hiking in the park was a great experience with plenty of animals on and near the trail to keep me alert. Photos are on my Road Trip 2009 page.

July 19, 2009: I'm on vacation again! This time, it's a road trip through Minnesota and the Dakotas. I stayed with my brother's family in the Twin Cities on July 18, and after a drive through Minnesota today (and a stop to hike at Maplewood State Park), I'm now in Fargo, ND. I've sampled the IPA at the local Granite City, and I've even started a new travel page. The brewpub visit is logged on the Beer Table, and the new travel section starts at my Road Trip 2009 page.

July 14, 2009: It's been more than a year since I've last made an update to this site. To make a long story endless, I had to go on vacation in order to figure out what to do about the dependency this site had on Apache 1.3. That dependency is gone...though the site does require Apache 2.x now. It's not the ground-up rewrite I wanted to do, but to do that right I'll really have to get pretty deep into PHP, and possibly even code it with the symfony framework (which we use at work). As it is, the beer table is now powered by two PHP files and two text files instead of being a collection of 200+ SHTML files that were included every time the page was requested. Even that small rewrite opens a lot of possiblities for presenting information about the breweries I've visited, including sort capabilities or "view by brewery" or possibly some other fun things. If something has broken, please let me know--keep hitting the refresh button until you get a survey form on the right side, and I'll do my best to figure out what's going on. I've been a couple of places since my last post, but I haven't had time to touch up and caption the photos yet. However, because I was working on the Beer Table, I did have time to add in quite a few visits since last June.

June 15, 2008: I've finally cleared the backlog from May, and now I have two more hikes posted on the Day Trips page. I also finally made a couple of additions to the Beer Table.

June 8, 2008: I'm catching up on the backlog, and today I posted pictures of Yellowstone Lake and Devil's Lake on the Day Trips page.

June 3, 2008: I've been pretty busy lately, but tonight I took some time away from my after-work hikes (and social outings) to post a few photos of Governor Dodge State Park, Blue Mound State Park, and the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area on the Day Trips page.

April 27, 2008: I've had a chance to do a little more hiking in the last week, and there are more pictures on the Day Trips page. There is also one more brewpub visit in the Beer Table.

April 19, 2008: Finally it's spring, and to celebrate, I've been getting getting early-season hiking on my schedule. Pictures from my first four Wisconsin hikes of 2008 are located on the Day Trips page. I also added a picture to my oft-forgotten Backyard Views page. Check out the snow--which is finally gone!

March 7, 2008: I'm back in Madison, and the final photos from this year's Washington trip are posted.

March 5, 2008: Finally, the Beer Table is up to date.

March 4, 2008: Though the Beer Table is still a bit out of date, I did finally start posting some photos from my current trip to Washington, DC. I'm there now, and will be through Thursday morning.

October 27, 2007: Seems I've been busy lately, but today I finally took a break from running around Wisconsin to post some photos from five different Day Trips, including visits to Devil's Lake, Yellowstone Lake, Governor Dodge, and Effigy Mounds. Not surprisingly, I also had time for some brewpub and brewery visits, and those are listed in the Beer Table.

September 23, 2007: I've been back in Madison for a couple of days, and finally got around to posting a couple of Peace Arch photos in the Northern Seas section. The section has been reorganized as well--there were just too many pictures for one master page so it's been split into a Wisconsin part and a Washington part. There is also one more brewpub visit on the Beer Table.

September 20, 2007: Yesterday I went on an adventure to Moran State Park on Orcas Island, and some photos from that are in the Northern Seas section. On the way back I stopped at the Rockfish Grill in Anacortes and sampled their IPA, and the visit is enshrined on the Beer Table.

September 18, 2007: Today my dad and I headed to Victoria, British Columbia, via a passenger ferry. A few pictures are in the Northern Seas section. While we were there, we stopped at an actual, operational Canadian brewpub located in the Swans Hotel. That visit is of course on the Beer Table.

September 17, 2007: It was another hiking day--and this time I went into the Mount Baker area of the Snoqualmie National Forest for some mountain hiking. There are eight new photos in the Northern Seas section.

September 16, 2007: Today it was time for my dad and I to make a trip to Canada, and we went to the Hell's Gate area of the Fraser River. Four new photos are in the Northern Seas section.

September 15, 2007: I'm now in Birch Bay, Washington, which is between Bellingham and Blaine on the coast. I did some day hiking at Deception Pass State Park, about 90 minutes south of here, and posted the new photos in the Northern Seas travel section. I also updated the Beer Table with a visit I made to South Shore on Thursday night.

September 13, 2007: Autumn weather on Lake Superior is relatively unpredictable, and my trip took an unexpected turn when my planned landing and hike on Sand Island was scrubbed due to a fast-moving storm. The early return to Bayfield gave me a chance to rest, relax, and sort through my pictures from Madeline Island yesterday, and the stormy boat ride today. Those pictures are in the new Northern Seas travel section.

September 12, 2007: I'm back in Bayfield after my life in Madison. No, seriously, I really am in Bayfield, Wisconsin. I spent the day hiking on Madeline Island and the evening hearing some ghost stories about Bayfield. Alas, I have a full day tomorrow as well, so no pictures quite yet, but as a consolation prize I've posted my three August brewpub visits on the Beer Table.

July 31, 2007: My friend Jason had a birthday, so we went to JT Whitney's so he could drink for free. The visit is now enshrined in the Beer Table.

July 30, 2007: I'm back in Madison after my trip to Bayfield, so I just made a couple of very minor updates to the site. Sadly I have to go back to work tomorrow...vacation was definitely nice.

July 28, 2007: I've been visiting the National Lakeshore over the last couple of days, taking a ferry to Stockton Island on Friday and hiking along the mainland today. There are eight more photos in the Bayfield section.

July 26, 2007: I took a trip to Copper Falls State Park south of Bayfield today, and posted four pictures of some of the waterfalls in the Bayfield section. My new camera does a pretty good job, although some of the photos might seem a little bit jagged because I limit the file size of photos on this site. (Nature photos tend to not compress as well as photos of buildings or people.)

July 25, 2007: A lot has happened since my post earlier today. Thanks to modern fulfillment and logistics, I have a new camera, so I'm all set to start taking more pictures. Today was extremely hot, so I went into Ashland for lunch and visited the South Shore Brewery--a place I visited 11 years ago today to start the whole Beer Table phenomenon. I also finished posting some Day Trips photos from earlier this year, so the site is now more or less up to date.

July 25, 2007: Yesterday I had a chance to do something completely new for me--a kayak trip to see the sea caves along mainland northwest of Bayfield. Those pictures are in the Bayfield section. Unfortunately, my camera got a little bit waterlogged, so I'm waiting for a replacement camera to arrive so I can continue posting new photos.

July 23, 2007: The weather was good today, so I took a trip to Raspberry Island. I also did some walking through Bayfield, including taking a trip on the Iron Bridge Nature Trail. It's all in my Bayfield section.

July 22, 2007: After a long day of driving, I'm now on vacation in Bayfield, Wisconsin. I had a brewpub stop in Marshfield, reflected in the Beer Table, and I also began the section for my trip on this page.

July 21, 2007: I've been neglecting my web site lately, but I'm about to leave for vacation, so I decided to add a few photos that I've taken over the last year or so. Check out the Day Trips section, where I've added four more hiking adventures from late 2006. (Some 2007 adventures are yet to come.) Of course, no update would be complete without a few changes to the Beer Table.

March 7, 2007: My trip to Washington is drawing to a close, and I just posted a couple of quick pictures. Today was a snowy day in the capital, so I really didn't want to spend too much time outside. Instead, I just had lunch at Rock Bottom in the Ballston Mall, which of course is now listed in the Beer Table.

March 6, 2007: I did a little more exploring in Washington today, with quick visits to Ford's Theater, the Old Post Office Pavilion, the Natural History museum, and the National Archives. Oh, yeah, and I had dinner at the District Chophouse, the first time since 2004. Check out the Beer Table to see.

March 5, 2007: It's been a while since I've posted any updates to my site. The last few months have been a little rough, since one of my biggest fans--my mom--passed away at the end of December. I've caught up with a few Beer Table posts, finished off the Thanksgiving 2006 page, and, now that I'm in Washington, started the Washington 2007 page.

November 26, 2006: I'm on the road in Minnesota as I post this. Check out my Thanksgiving 2006 page for details of my adventures. And, of course, see my visit to the August Schell Brewing Company, chronicled in the Beer Table.

November 19, 2006: Just an addition and an update to the Gray's Tied House URL in the Beer Table. Rumor has it that Granite City will be opening a brewpub in Madison near West Towne Mall in less than a month, and with the Dane opening a Hilldale location (where they won't be able to sell their own beers until Wisconsin's "tied house" law is changed), the brewpub scene in Madison and Dane County is actually getting pretty impressive.

November 12, 2006: It's been a really long time since I've made any updates, mostly because there has been just a ton going on. This site is now being hosted very differently from before, on a virtual server that I can control--rather than on a poorly-maintained server that belonged to a going-down-the-tubes, customer-service-be-damned provider. (WebHostPlus, if you're reading, then take this as notice that you can go to hell.) Thanks especially to the very cool Jeremy for his help in getting my new server up and running back in September. I've of course bought him a couple of beers, and my recent adventures in that area are on the Beer Table.

June 28, 2006: Well, I've been back in the US for a day. I've got a few pictures from my 48 hours in London, which included a tour of Westminster Abbey and a walking tour of pubs along the Thames. I even found time to visit a brewpub on my first night in London, and of course that's in the Beer Table. That means I visited brewpubs in three countries on this trip.

June 24, 2006: My travels are coming to an end in Sweden. I had an excellent time visiting my friend Robert's mom and stepdad and celebrating a traditional Swedish Midsummer with lots of schnapps, herring, and beer. Too bad the Swedish soccer team lost to the Germans today, otherwise it would have been perfect!

June 22, 2006: I've posted a few photos from my first full day in Sweden. The weather has been cooperating quite nicely, with cooler temperatures than in Prague and only a little bit of light drizzle.

June 20, 2006: Time flies when you're having fun, even if you're flying to have fun. I had a whirlwind two days in Prague, and managed to have a few beers at a place that brews its own beer, which means another country on the Beer Table.

June 17, 2006: There are more pictures of my time in Japan posted, as well as an update to the Beer Table.

June 15, 2006: Right now I'm on a trip around the world, and I finally had a chance to settle down and post a huge number of pictures from Japan here. There still isn't a link from the main Travel page but that will be coming soon.

June 3, 2006: I made a quick trip to Governor Dodge State Park this evening, and some photos can be found via the Day Trips page.

June 2, 2006: I've been making a lot of minor structural updates throughout the site over the last couple of weeks, so hopefully nothing has broken. In addition, I've posted an update to the Beer Table.

May 21, 2006: Major shock--I've finally caught up with my photos in the Day Trips section, adding three new sections. I've also updated the first two trips of 2006 with some GPS maps of my routes. If you don't see the GPS plots right away, hit the reload button. The information in the supplements section (right side below the navigation section) changes based on which second the page was requested from the server.

May 20, 2006: Gradually I'm catching up on my web site updates. It's taking a while because I'm doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work on the site to make it a little easier to maintain. Today, I added some pictures from my Easter trip to Minnesota, where I did some hiking, caught a concert, and had a really nice time with my family.

May 17, 2006: I haven't made any updates in more than four months, but I've done a few interesting things. I have some photos from my March trip to Washington, DC posted, as well as a couple of updates to the Beer Table. More updates are on the way soon!

January 15, 2006: It's been way too long since I've done an update, but those darned holidays keep getting in the way. Not surprisingly, there are updates in the Beer Table. But, very surprisingly, there are some January 2006 hiking updates on the Day Trips page. The sunny and relatively warm weather (upper 30s this weekend) just made me want to get out.

October 15, 2005: Last night I went to JT Whitney's to have the Friday fish fry (yeah, I'm a Wisconsin boy) and their Pumpkin Ale with my old college pal Jason. As usual the visit is in the Beer Table. Also, my friend Eric is letting me try out the photo gallery management system he uses. Links to a bunch of pictures from my trip with him through Japan in 1998 are available in his personal pages at this link. No clue how long the photos will last there because he hates pictures of himself. A subset of these photos has been available on my site for years; check out my Japan 1998 page for photos from a time when I was much younger and cameras were not digital.

October 4, 2005: It's rare that I make two updates in a day, but after some deliberation (and some watermarking) I added some high-resolution images to my New Mexico page. As you surf the various photos, just click on the standard-sized photos (480 pixels wide) to see the larger images (1024x768). The larger images may be up to 500K in size, so if you have a slow connection, it's best to avoid them. Also please note that I retain copyright to all images on this site; if you want to use my images, you need to ask. Go to http://www.digimad.com/ to use a feedback form that will get to me.

October 4, 2005: I've been back in Madison for a few days and have gradually been making some changes to my New Mexico page, including adding some mini topo maps to a few of the photo pages. (You may have to click the reload button to see them--the information in that area cycles quasi-randomly. Thanks also to Adam Schneider and his GPS Visualizer site for the great plots of my ForeRunner data.) Also, I finally cleaned up a few broken links in the Beer Table, and filled in a few blanks between Washington and New Mexico.

September 29, 2005: My time in New Mexico is drawing to a close, and there is an update on the Beer Table from yesterday, and some new pictures from today's hike in the Lincoln National Forest on my New Mexico page.

September 29, 2005: My time in New Mexico is drawing to a close, and there is an update on the Beer Table from yesterday, and some new pictures from today's hike in the Lincoln National Forest on my New Mexico page.

September 27, 2005: I visited the Alamogordo area today, including the National Solar Observatory, Museum of Space History, and White Sands. Pictures are on my New Mexico page.

September 26, 2005: Today was a road trip day, and I made plenty of stops, including the Valley of Fires Recreation Area near Carrizozo, and the VLA an hour beyond Socorro. Those photos are on the New Mexico page. In addition, I visited the Sierra Blanca brewery in Carrizozo (thanks to Rich Weber for the cup of Alien Amber and tolerating me while the brew kettle boiled over...), and stopped for dinner and an IPA at the Socorro Springs brewpub in Soccoro. Those visits are on the Beer Table.

September 25, 2005: Today I went back to the same area of the Lincoln National Forest for a longer hike that was a bit more scenic than just going down a mountain. It was definitely fun. Pictures have been added to my New Mexico page.

September 24, 2005: Though I'm still in recovery (strange how disc injuries don't want to heal that quickly...), I'm now on vacation. Until September 30, I'll be in New Mexico, specifically the area around Ruidoso. Today I did a little bit of mountain hiking and started to get a nice feel for the general area. Though I don't have the links off the main travel page yet (my version of the Gimp doesn't work and downloading one over a slow modem would take forever), you can see what I'm up to by clicking on this link to my New Mexico page.

July 31, 2005: After spending the last few months dealing with a blown disc that just wouldn't heal properly, I'm back...no pun intended. Word of advice: watch for roots on the Potomac Heritage Trail. In celebration of my (more or less) return to health after an epidural steroid injection, I've updated that horrible picture of me on the About page, which I'm sure no one usually visits anyway. Yeah, the hair is really mine. No real danger of male pattern baldness here. Keep clicking the "reload" button on your browser until you get a survey form, and then you can tell me what to do with it anonymously.

March 2, 2005: I've finally started posting some photos from my trip to Washington. Cold, windy weather has made this year's travels a bit more indoor-oriented than last year's, but there are photos from Roosevelt Island, night photography of some of the monuments, and some photos from the Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport.

February 28, 2005: It's been forever since I've updated my web site it seems. However, I've finally got some more pictures online. Check out the Chicago 2005 pages, which have some highlights of my trip to the Windy City earlier this month. As usual, there are always updates to the Beer Table. And, watch this space for more updates. I'm traveling in Washington DC this week for the USSYAA!

July 29, 2004: Last week, I had a great little vacation that took me to both Las Vegas and Northern California, and of course there are some pictures available. As usual, I took a couple of detours and visited some brewpubs, and those visits are on the Beer Table.

July 7, 2004: Though it may appear to be the case, I haven't quite fallen off the edge of the world yet. I have a huge backlog of day trip pictures to format, but in the meantime, I've posted the latest five brew pub visits to the Beer Table.

May 6, 2004: I've been back from Florida for a few days, but there are no new pictures. There is, however, one new addition to the Beer Table.

April 29, 2004: I'm back from a mini-getaway to Key West, and photos are on my Florida page. Also check out the additions to the Beer Table.

April 27, 2004: I'm traveling again, and this time I'm visiting South Florida. With trips to Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park, I've been putting the miles on the rental car!

March 7, 2004: I've been back in Madison for a couple of days, but I finally took the time to add the final four photos to the Washington DC 2004 section. I also visited the Capitol City Brewing Company restaurant next to Union Station one last time, and that visit is of course on the Beer Table.

March 2, 2004: There are more pictures in the Washington DC 2004 section, featuring some photos from both the District and Alexandria. I've also been visiting a number of brewpubs, and those visits are on the Beer Table.

February 29, 2004: There are a huge number of updates to the Washington DC 2004 section after I hit most of the major memorials and historic sites in western Washington and eastern Arlington. To wrap up more than five hours of walking in the warm sun, I stopped at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Arlington, and that visit is on the Beer Table.

February 28, 2004: I'm in Washington DC, and I've started a photo gallery in my Washington DC 2004 section. As always, I'm in search of beer, and I've started visiting my favorite haunts and the list continues to grow on the Beer Table.

February 15, 2004: Last weekend I headed to Chicago, and took a couple of pictures at the Field Museum. That's in my Chicago 2004 section. And, since I was in Illinois anyway, I put a few visits on the Beer Table.

December 31, 2003: One last quick update to the California 2003 section before the end of 2003. Look for "Crazy Uncle Dave" in the navigation section.

December 31, 2003: I have more photos on the California 2003 pages, as well as another brewpub visit on the Beer Table.

December 28, 2003: I'm on vacation, this time in northern California and the San Francisco Bay area. Pictures from the trip are located in their own section here, and of course I've added a couple of brewpub visits on the Beer Table.

November 9, 2003: Lots of updates today, including yet another Devil's Lake visit on the Day Trips page. I also spent this past weekend in Door County, and that gets its own set of pages here. And, finally, I was able to catch up on a few brewpub visits and put them on the Beer Table.

October 12, 2003: Finally I've caught up with the Day Trips page, adding in my four most recently photographed hikes--Wyalusing, Devil's Lake, Harrington Beach, and Yellowstone Lake.

October 11, 2003: The weather has been cooling off, so the hiking gets a little bit easier--no stressing out with 90-degree weather. I've posted a few more photos on the Day Trips page, with two back-to-back trips to Devil's Lake plus a trip to the Ice Age Trail south of Watertown. (There are still more photos to come for some of my October hikes.) Also, there's an update on the Beer Table.

September 14, 2003: After a couple of days of rain, it finally cleared up and I was able to take a nice hike at Governor Dodge State Park. Sorry, no photos for the Day Trip page, but I did stop at the Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, and that's on the Beer Table.

September 13, 2003: More rain meant I could finally finish up my backlog of photos for the Day Trips page. The updates include trips through September 7 of this year.

September 12, 2003: No hiking tonight because it finally rained after what seems like two months. That meant that I was able to get four more trips posted on the Day Trips page. Check out my July trips to Wyalusing, Mirror Lake, Roche-a-Cri, and Mill Bluff State Parks.

September 9, 2003: Gradually I'm catching up on posting photos on the Day Trips page. I'm caught up through July 12's adventures now.

September 7, 2003: It's slow going since I spend so much of my free time hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, but there's another visit on the Day Trip page. Also there are a couple more updates to the Beer Table.

August 3, 2003: I'm slowly catching up on posting some of my hiking photos from this summer on the Day Trip pages.

August 2, 2003: My updates have been sporadic lately, because I haven't been spending an awful lot of time at home lately. Check out the latest pub visits on the Beer Table. On the Day Trip front, I've also been quite active, and it's been tough finding the time to actually post photos. At least there are now some pictures in there from June!

July 3, 2003: After a couple of days offline, I'm back. The story is long and rather sordid, but basically my previous web host, which was on the edge anyway, finally bit the dust, due entirely to human factors. I'm with a new host now. Family members, please contact me at my digimad.com address for revised instructions for getting your e-mail.

May 26, 2003: I'm back in Madison after the trip around Lake Superior, and I've reorganized the photos a little bit and added twelve photos from the Michigan leg of the trip. I've finally added the proper links from the main Travel page, and in the Michigan stage of the trip we visited some brewpubs which are, of course, on the Beer Table.

May 22, 2003: The trip around Lake Superior continued today, with the drive from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, occurring in the morning. I've added four more pictures of the drive and some of our time in Sault.

May 21, 2003: Still no link from the main travel page, but my Lake Superior 2003 vacation section has eight new photos from Pukaskwa National Park and the greater Wawa area.

May 20, 2003: Right now I'm in Canada on a Lake Superior Circle Tour vacation. Finally I'm at a motel that has a decent enough phone connection so that I can post photos, and you can see them here. Unfortunately I haven't yet had a chance to build the images for the link from the main travel page, but at least you can check out the pictures while I'm still traveling!

May 4, 2003: The weather in Wisconsin was great yesterday, and to celebrate I paid a visit to Devil's Lake State Park, which is the most-visited state park in Wisconsin.

April 13, 2003: Now that the weather is finally getting better, I decided to head out and visit a couple of Wisconsin state parks this weekend. On Saturday, I visited Harrington Beach, and on Sunday I visited Wyalusing. Since it's still very early in the spring, there was a lot more brown than green in the woods, but it was still great to get out and enjoy the parks.

March 23, 2003: This week my domains were in propagation, and finally it appears that my pages are being viewed from the new server. In the meantime, there was also a small update to the Beer Table.

March 13, 2003: It was brewpub week with my friend Jason--we hit J.T. Whitney's on March 9, and went to the Delafield Brewhaus on the way to the Coldplay concert in Milwaukee on March 12. As usual it's on the Beer Table.

March 9, 2003: On March 3 I took a couple more photos on my last morning in Washington, DC.

March 2, 2003: Though there aren't too many photos, I've added a new Washington DC 2003 section to the web site. And, of course, there are a couple of updates to the Beer Table.

February 27, 2003: Greetings from the District of Columbia! I got hungry tonight so I went to Capitol City Brewing by Union Station--it's on the Beer Table, along with last week's visit to J.T. Whitney's for Friday fish and a growler of Black Diamond Porter.

February 15, 2003: I paid a repeat visit to the new Great Dane on January 31 but forgot to post it. It's on the Beer Table. Also, be sure to check out what Dean & Brenna Zavadsky are up to at http://www.zavadsky.net/dean/.

January 26, 2003: Added an update to the Beer Table. Yes, I finally made it to the new Great Dane location in Fitchburg. There are now two brewpubs within four miles of my house!

December 15, 2002: Just a minor update to the Beer Table.

December 4, 2002:  Finished off the California 2002 pages with pictures from Sonoma County, San Francisco, and Alcatraz. Also, the Beer Table has its final updates from the California tour!

November 30, 2002:  Added more pictures to the California 2002 pages from a quick trip I made to the coast.

November 28, 2002:  More pictures on the California 2002 pages, this time from a mini-tour of some Napa Valley wineries.

November 27, 2002:  I'm on vacation again, this time in California. Check out my progress on the California 2002 pages. And, what good would a vacation be without a couple of brewpub visits? Check those out in the Beer Table.

November 17, 2002:  Added some photos from Lake Kegonsa State Park to the Day Trips section.

November 10, 2002:  Added a trip to the Browntown-Cadiz Springs Recreational Area to the Day Trips section. Also added a few new photos to my Backyard Views section.

October 19, 2002:  A few more brew visits from last weekend on the Beer Table.

October 6, 2002:  Brief mention of the Quivey's Grove Beer Fest on the Beer Events page

September 15, 2002:  Minor update to the Beer Table.

September 1, 2002:  Who said this web site wasn't any work? I've added a new major section to the site to cover my assorted Day Trips throughout the state. I've moved the Harrington Beach and New Glarus Woods trips from Travels to Day Trips, and I've added photos from Rocky Arbor State Park, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, and Aztalan State Park to the Day Trips section. Enjoy!

August 25, 2002:  Before going to a Brewer game on August 20, I went to the Delafield Brewhaus for a beer and a burger, and that means an update to the Beer Table. Late in the day, I also made some changes to navigation for the main sections--I switched from words to icons.

August 20, 2002:  I stopped at the Grumpy Troll on the way back from Effigy Mounds National Monument on August 18, and the brew visit is on the Beer Table. I plan to get the photos from Effigy Mounds online as part of a minor site redesign.

August 10, 2002:  One more addition to the Beer Table as well as some behind-the-scenes changes to site's meta tags. Also a few changes to the photo algorithm for this page to choose even more pictures from the site.

July 29, 2002:  I've posted the final photos and made some organizational changes to the Parks & Pubs section. Yes, I'm back in Madison now!

July 27, 2002:  There's a lot to see and do in South Dakota, and I barely scratched the surface in the latest updates to the Parks & Pubs section.

July 26, 2002:  Bighorn National Forest and Devils Tower are the new highlights in the Parks & Pubs section. Also don't forget to check out the Beer Table for the latest visits on the pub tour!

July 25, 2002:  No brewpubs today, but a great return to Yellowstone where I saw mud pots, hot springs, bison, and lots of tourists. Check it out in the Parks & Pubs section.

July 24, 2002:  I managed to get an Internet connection from Bozeman, Montana, and I've posted pictures from the Pinedale, WY area, as well as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the Parks & Pubs section.

July 22, 2002:  Not too many updates today. Check out the travel section for pictures from downtown Denver--including two brewing operations!

July 21, 2002:  A full day at Rocky Mountain National Park yielded an unbelievable number of pictures in the travel section. Check it out!

July 20, 2002:  More material from Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and the vicinity of Denver, Colorado, in the Parks & Pubs 2002 section.

July 18, 2002:  New stuff in the travel section and on the beer table--I'm on a road trip!

July 17, 2002:  Created a new home page. Click on the photo for a semi-random link to a travel page!


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