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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy & Beyond...





Do you see the Rattlesnake?????



























The first couple of pictures were taken in Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.  The rest of the pictures are from vistas overlooking the valley and from the Vernal Falls/Nevada Falls hike on day two.

Since my visit in 2014 (here) a lot has changed in the general landscape of Yosemite.  Namely, as a result of the drought, waterfalls weren't violently flowing, the Merced river was a tiny stream and driving into the valley was very different from the year earlier.  That's not to say that Yosemite is any less beautiful, but the differences were huge.

For anyone that is thinking about going to Yosemite, do it!  You will not be disappointed by how awesome the park is.  There's over 700,000 acres of land to explore and re-explore.  I opted to stay in a hotel outside of the park (which, the closest is about a 2 hour drive from the valley because the park is so huge).  There is organized camping in the valley but I would not suggest it.  Everyone is on top of one another and it smells like a bathroom :)

The best option would be backpacking and camping at your leisure.  There are park rules, so just adhere to them and you should be good.  The only other consideration is wildlife.  We nearly trampled a 4-5 ft. long Rattlesnake at Hetch Hetchy (see above picture).  That was a little scary especially since we were so far from help.

I look forward to going back to the park, but there are so many more in the states to see!  What do you suggest???


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Beer Review (49): Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Wolaver's/Otter Creek Brewing Beer: Oatmeal Stout | Beer Advocate Score: 88 Abv: 5.4%

BreweryWolaver's/Otter Creek Brewing BeerOatmeal Stout | Beer Advocate Score: 88 Abv: 5.4%

One early summer afternoon I cracked open this bottle of stout and sipped the afternoon away.  Somehow I forgot to share the post and some of my thoughts on this beer.  Overall it was exactly as I imagined an oatmeal stout should taste.  Thick, dark, creamy and noticeably sweet.  I really thought it hit all the marks.  Summer for me is more of a pale ale or ipa season, so maybe I'm not giving this a great review based on that.  I wasn't really so much in the mood for a darker beer, but I conveniently had one in the fridge.  SO, I will give this another go in the colder season and see how it goes.  If I were to pick a darker beer, I'd go with the Left Hand Milk Stout.  For now, this was a decent beer that delivered exactly what the label promised: oatmeal stout.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Real Ale Pack" by New Balance

BEHOLD!  Two of my favorite things in life have come together and will be celebrated in September--Beer and Shoes!  GIRRRRRL!   Okay, but seriously, The Real Ale pack came about to celebrate traditional British pub culture and three popular varieties of British beer — IPA, amber ale, and dark stout or porter. Each colorway is named after a fictional brew: the CT300 “Chicken Foot IPA” after the India pale ale, the 1500 “The Cumbrian Red” after the rust-hued amber ale, and the 576 “Ye Old Flimby Prime” after the opaque dark stout.   According to Hypebeast, SneakerBaas will be dropping the collection in September 2015.  Guys, beer and shoes.  Beer and shoes.


According to Hypebeast, SneakerBaas will be dropping the collection in September 2015.  Guys, beer and shoes.  Beer and shoes.


According to Hypebeast, SneakerBaas will be dropping the collection in September 2015.  Guys, beer and shoes.  Beer and shoes.


According to Hypebeast, SneakerBaas will be dropping the collection in September 2015.  Guys, beer and shoes.  Beer and shoes.

BEHOLD!  Two of my favorite things in life have come together and will be celebrated in September--Beer and Shoes!  GIRRRRRL!

Okay, but seriously, The Real Ale pack came about to celebrate traditional British pub culture and three popular varieties of British beer — IPA, amber ale, and dark stout or porter. Each colorway is named after a fictional brew: the CT300 “Chicken Foot IPA” after the India pale ale, the 1500 “The Cumbrian Red” after the rust-hued amber ale, and the 576 “Ye Old Flimby Prime” after the opaque dark stout.

According to Hypebeast, SneakerBaas will be dropping the collection in September 2015.  Guys, beer and shoes.  Beer and shoes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pond Fishing


I forgot about this little video I took a few months ago.  The morning sun was really hot and seeds were floating about above the pond.  We caught plenty of fish.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Home Again!

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir w/ Sculpin IPA | I'm back from California and what an adventure it was!  The picture above was taken in Hetch Hetchy in the NW section of Yosemite National Park.   It was another incredible visit to one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Though California is experiencing a very bad drought right now, there is still much to see...and since they're short on water you can always pack beer!  I'll have a whole slew of pictures to come!  Check back soon <3

I'm back from California and what an adventure it was!  The picture above was taken in Hetch Hetchy in the NW section of Yosemite National Park.

It was another incredible visit to one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Though California is experiencing a very bad drought right now, there is still much to see...and since they're short on water you can always pack beer!

I'll have a whole slew of pictures to come!  Check back soon <3

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ; located within the Finger Lakes in Hammondsport, NY, is more then just an aviation museum on aircraft history it also includes a ...



Glenn H. Curtiss Museum



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Glenn_Curtiss_on_his_V-8_motorcycle,_Ormond_Beach,_Florida_1907.jpg

Here's a picture of Curtiss on the bike.  1907, was a very busy time for Curtiss. In January, for example, he rode the world’s first V-8 motorcycle to a speed of 136 miles per hour in Ormond Beach, Florida. Having driven the cycle faster than even the typical locomotive of the day, he became known as “the fastest man on earth.”  Full here.


The June Bug was designed by Glenn Curtiss and powered by a Curtiss engine.

The June Bug was designed by Glenn Curtiss and powered by a Curtiss engine.



So his wife could come along.


Shaft-driven bicycle!



Could be handy going downhill in Philly on the fixed gear!

I had the opportunity to visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum yesterday after a long drive back to Philadelphia from Buffalo, NY.  The museum is located in Hammondsport, NY near Keuka Lake.  Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.  Glenn Curtiss was an innovator in aviation, bicycles, and motorcycles.  He was a talented motorcycle builder and racer and built engines for airships in the early 1900s.  He worked with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell.  Early on he had an interest in bicycles and started his own business building and maintaining them in Hammondsport.  Curtiss began assembling engines and attaching them to the frame of bicycles.  His desire to go fast was born.  Breaking records in 1907 riding his V-8 motorcycle, building countless engines for famous aircraft, and innovating transportation and inspiring many thinkers for years to come.    If you are ever passing through or on a wine tour near the finger lakes, add this to your itinerary! Zundapp

1934 Zündapp flat twin K500 shaft-drive motorcycle.

I had the opportunity to visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum yesterday after a long drive back to Philadelphia from Buffalo, NY.  The museum is located in Hammondsport, NY near Keuka Lake.  Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.  Glenn Curtiss was an innovator in aviation, bicycles, and motorcycles.  He was a talented motorcycle builder and racer and built engines for airships in the early 1900s.  He worked with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell.  Early on he had an interest in bicycles and started his own business building and maintaining them in Hammondsport.  Curtiss began assembling engines and attaching them to the frame of bicycles.  His desire to go fast was born.  Breaking records in 1907 riding his V-8 motorcycle, building countless engines for famous aircraft, and innovating transportation and inspiring many thinkers for years to come.    If you are ever passing through or on a wine tour near the finger lakes, add this to your itinerary!

I had the opportunity to visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum yesterday after a long drive back to Philadelphia from Buffalo, NY.  The museum is located in Hammondsport, NY near Keuka Lake.  Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.

Glenn Curtiss was an innovator in aviation, bicycles, and motorcycles.  He was a talented motorcycle builder and racer and built engines for airships in the early 1900s.  He worked with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell.  Early on he had an interest in bicycles and started his own business building and maintaining them in Hammondsport.  Curtiss began assembling engines and attaching them to the frame of bicycles.  His desire to go fast was born.  Breaking records in 1907 riding his V-8 motorcycle, building countless engines for famous aircraft, and innovating transportation and inspiring many thinkers for years to come.  

If you are ever passing through or on a wine tour near the finger lakes, add this to your itinerary!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lee Parks Design DeerTours

Lee Parks Design DeerTours gloves are beautiful.  And, finally, a way to measure your size with an easy PDF chart.  Seriously, what a great idea.  Protect your hands while you're riding and cover 'em up with these beauts.  $95, here.


Lee Parks Design DeerTours gloves are beautiful.  And, finally, a way to measure your size with an easy PDF chart.  Seriously, what a great idea.  Protect your hands while you're riding and cover 'em up with these beauts.  $95, here.


Lee Parks Design DeerTours gloves are beautiful.  And, finally, a way to measure your size with an easy PDF chart.  Seriously, what a great idea.  Protect your hands while you're riding and cover 'em up with these beauts.  $95, here.