Dawn out near Honey Pens

Dawn out near Honey Pens

By Krissie Mason

Up at 5:00am. Feeling excited and eager as I make my way through the dark cabin pulling on the Prois camo clothing I laid out the night before. My excitement has been building very slowly, but now there’s a crescendoing. Mari, Randy and I head over to the mess hall for a cup of coffee before heading out. Breakfast comes later. I discover I’ll be hunting for boar in much the same way that I hunted for whitetails so many years ago; at daybreak and dusk. Mari is not hunting, but with me to shoot a few photos. We climb up in Anthony’s dualie because getting around on such a huge property in an expeditious manner requires more than foot, horses, or ATVs. Read more


By Krissie Mason

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Near Republican Road outside of Holliday, TX


Slept a little later, hopped in the shower, breakfast downstairs with a pancake machine. Sun shining bright hinting at a warm day. We notice lots of Halliburton oilfield service guys in red jumpsuits at breakfast. This is oil well country. That is evident.

The Pancake Machine at the Holiday Inn Express

The Pancake Machine at the Holiday Inn Express

Once Mari has eaten her short-stack, and I am done with hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and coffee, we are off to Walmart to get a belt for Randy’s pants. He forgot his. I remembered my belt, but I am certain I’ve probably forgotten something else…I just don’t know what yet. Read more


With Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer Show just around the corner my email box starts getting flooded with press releases from every imaginable manufacturer in the outdoor space. OR is the Holy Grail for outdoor enthusiasts. If you want to make a go of it as a manufacturer of anything in the outdoor sandbox you have GOT to be there. It’s where things get discovered, new products are announced, and seasoned vendors unveil the Next & Best.

Today I rec’vd a press release from a new company that will be at OR for the first time.  They have created a self-contained, all-wood, single-use charcoal grill. It’s called a “Burnie” and you can bet this thing is going to go viral. It’s one of those, “That’s so kewl! Why didn’t I think of that!” kind of things.



 “Burnie’s ingenious construction is borrowed from the ancient Nordic technique for burning wood stumps. This method has been used for centuries, unleashing powerful, portable fire that lights with one match, and ignites evenly and burns for hours.”

-Meghan van Joosten, BurnieGrill.com

Talk about EASY to impart the natural smokiness of Alder wood into marshmallows, kebabs, fresh salmon, or simply have a portable little campfire for a small Metro Jack & Jane urban get-together!


The Burnie comes in two sizes.  A large retails for 14.95 and a medium will set you back about the price of two Starbucks Venti Green Tea Creme Frappacinos.

Yeah, this thing is pretty much going to tear it up out there.

For more info and to get your inner Viking on, go here: Burnie Grill



As a person chipping out a modest living in the outdoor industry, (but also a student of architecture, urban planning, and preservation), I wonder about how to thoughtfully intersect development with the conservation of lands and waterways.

Like so many, I am an outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy paddling, camping, field-to-table food experiences, and the expansive and spectacular vistas one enjoys when reverently engaging as a wonder-filled participant in our earths’ natural resources.

“Don’t we all want to be immersed in the outdoors? When our vacation days are spent and it’s time to head back to civilization, at the very least don’t we long to be close to it in order to feel alive? To feel authentic? To feel inspired?”

We set stones from the lakeshore, whittled sticks, pinecones, antler sheds, and spent casings on our desks to serve as talismans and remembrances. We would love to live in a home with uninhabited, sweeping 360 degree views of mountains, wildlife, and endless prairies that run wildly to where the sun rises and sets. Yet in doing so we fear the potentiality of threatening the very breath of wilderness to which we feel so connected.

But development and conservation doesn’t always  have to be an either/or choice.

To learn more visit ENSIA:

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