My name is Amer Khalid, I am a father of a two years old, married to a wonderful woman, and we have one dog. We live in Dallas. I work as programmer and I have a few side-hustles.

I started this blog in 2002. For many years, this blog had no real purpose, I posted about video games, programming, photography, outdoors, etc.

I was digging through my old posts and I found this post from some time around 2007:


Other day on TV, I saw some archaeologist digging up dinosaur bones. It looked so much fun, they are out in sun, in mud, discovering lost history. Archaeologist has to be the best job in the world. Of course, my childhood heroes were all archaeologists, Indiana Jones, Lara Croft. So I might be a bit biased.

Other cool professions, I think, are photographer and writer.

As a photographer, you work when you want, where you want. Not all type of photographers have this freedom. But a travel/adventure photographer can do it.

And as a writer, you can also work when & where you want. Write in a coffee shop, on beach, in pool, while camping. You don’t even need anything more advanced than pen & paper. You can always type it later or have someone else do it for you.

In past, I have pursued photography and writing at various times but never tried to combine them together. Recently, I discovered Brendan Leonard, and finally it clicked that I can combine outdoors adventures, writing, and photography together. And, of course, my number one priority, parenting.

So this is like semi-rad, a place for regular folks who like outdoors but with their family and kids.

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