I have too many hobbies! While some might say this keeps me from being truly skilled at any of them, I like to think I am just being well-rounded. How does the song go again? “These are a few of my favorite things.”
My parents spent six months working in Brazil, and when they came back my dad brought something new that he saw on the beaches–kiteboarding. By God’s gracious protection, we somehow taught ourselves to do it without killing ourselves, and it remains probably my favorite hobby. There is nothing like zipping back and forth across the water being pulled by a kite. While we have done some snowkiting, water remains the medium of choice. It hurts less!
I took to kiteboarding so strongly because, while growing up, watersports were probably my family’s main pastime. I grew up waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, boating, jet-skiiing, etc. Accordingly, Kailoni and I have made sure that our children are little fish as well.
Miniature Tabletop Wargames
My favorite game these days is Battletech, a miniature wargame which I had played as a kid, but only recently rediscovered. My kids and I enjoy painting the models, making terrain, and battling each other across the kitchen table.
Hiking and Backpacking
My interest in hiking, backpacking, and camping only increased after marrying Kailoni, who is an avid backpacker. Our kids love hiking and camping, and we try to get out whenever we can.
Every since I was a little boy I loved swords. While going to college in Chicago, I learned during my final year of a group called The Chicago Swordplay Guild. I took a class on the medieval longsword, and after moving to Michigan my friends and I made foam swords and helmets to keep practicing. We looked ridiculous, but had a lot of fun along the way.
I grew up shooting, and I enjoy target practice with a variety of firearms. The kids like shooting their Nerf guns!
This involves tying a strap between two trees and balancing on it like a tight rope. We are still looking for a place where we can do it over water…
Making Homebrew Soda-Pop
We do it like they did in the old days–naturally carbonated with yeast. This involves mixing up a batch, adding yeast, bottling it, and letting it carbonate. Our favorite recipes include creme soda, lemon lime, birch-beer, black licorice root beer, and ginger ale. This is the book that got us started: Homemade Root Beer, Soda, & Pop.
For this, go here.