Charles Harrison Chandler

Charles Harrison Chandler currently serves as a construction engineering specialist for Kirk Engineering in Missouri. An experienced professional, he works toward his passion of developing plans for small or tiny houses as a part of the Tiny House movement, which promotes downsizing space for financial and environmental reasons. Having completed two tiny house projects for friends and family so far, he is currently working on the plans for a third house. Dedicated to staying up-to-date on new developments in tiny house planning processes, Charles Harrison Chandler regularly attends events about building and living in very small homes.


In his free time, Mr. Chandler enjoys enjoys visiting restaurants that maintain a farm-to-table philosophy and use local sources in their dishes. In his travels to Washington state, he has found many of these types of restaurants, specifically around the Seattle area. A fan of adventure, he has done a wine and cuisine tour of British Columbia, taken a wilderness camping trip in Olympic National Park, and backpacked in Alaska’s Denali National Park. He has also spent time living in Buenos Aires while completing Spanish language and development programs, as well as kayaking and helping with conservation in the Patagonia region of Chile. A dedicated member of his community, Mr. Chandler also helps with neighborhood renewal and the building of playgrounds, and supports Habitat for Humanity.

Planning a Successful and Cheap Backpacking Trip

Charles Harrison Chandler, a construction engineering specialist at Kirk Engineering, designs and builds small homes as part of the “Tiny House” movement. In his free time, Charles Harrison Chandler enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. He has gone backpacking in the Patagonia region of Chile.

Backpacking is an appealing activity for many individuals, but backpacking trips require a bit of planning, especially if you are trying to limit costs. Here are just a few things to think about as you plan your backpacking adventure:

- Pack light: A successful backpacking trip starts with successfully packing like a backpacker. Only bring what you know you will need. On top of that, look into light backpacks designed to carry more, and consider using multi-purpose items or combining certain things like shampoo and conditioner. This not only makes travel easier; it can help lower your checked luggage costs, too.

- Tell someone: New backpackers often leave for their trip without telling any friends or family where they are going. While this is not as important for regular vacations, backpacking trips are more nomadic in nature. Because of this, it may take a while for people to miss you or realize something has gone awry when they don’t know your basic plan.

- Stay in a hostel: Booking a hostel instead of a hotel is a great way to save money. Hostels provide the “feel” of backpacking while allowing you to sleep in a clean bed. Hostels are normally designed in a similar way to dormitories, but some higher-end hostels feature good food and maid services. Also, staying at a hostel with some sort of kitchen helps you save on food costs.

The 2016 Chesterfield Wine and Jazz Festival to Be Held in June

Since 2011, Charles Harrison Chandler has served as a construction engineering specialist at Kirk Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri. In his free time, Charles Harrison Chandler enjoys traveling, mountain biking, and listening to folk and jazz music. He regularly attends the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival, which has been dubbed the Midwest’s finest outdoor jazz event.

The fourth annual Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016. A free event, the festival is supported by several generous sponsors, including Morgan Stanley, Missouri Weinstrasse, and local jazz station WSIE, FM 88.7.

This year’s festival will feature the contemporary and fusion jazz stylings of artists such as Eric Slaughter, Matt Rowland, and Kim Fuller. The lineup will also include Soul Café and Bach to the Future, a group that blends the classical and jazz genres.

In addition to great music, the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival will offer excellent food and a variety of wines. The festival will take place at the Chesterfield Amphitheater and will begin at 3 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the event, which will wrap up at 10:30.

Camping in Olympic National Park

A construction engineering specialist with Kirk Engineering in Missouri, Charles Harrison Chandler is involved in building small homes on movable trailers as part of the “Tiny House” movement. When not busy designing construction plans, Charles Harrison Chandler is an avid outdoorsman and has gone wilderness camping in Olympic National Park in Washington.

Covering close to a million acres of Washington wilderness, Olympic National Park features a huge array of natural wonders, hiking trails, and camping sites. Currently, the park maintains 16 campgrounds. With the exception of Kalaloch, which accepts reservations during summertime, Olympic’s campgrounds are first-come, first-served. They do not have electrical or water hookups, nor do they offer showers. Olympic National Park accepts check and cash payments for camping, but many campgrounds use self-registration, so change is not available.

Not every campground is open year-round. Out of the 16 sites, 10 are year-round, including Kalaloch, Graves Creek, and Ozette. Among the seasonal campgrounds, which include South Beach, Sol Duc, and Fairholme, availability often relies on road and weather conditions. Prices for all campgrounds range between $15 and $22 per night, and certain sites do not offer vehicle access. Many sites offer flush toilets and potable water, though these amenities may not be operational throughout the entire year.