Monday, July 28, 2014

Paul Smith's College: Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC)

Paul Smith's College: Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC)
Click on the photo for full panorama
Paul Smith's VIC  is an Adirondack playground with 25 miles of trails, 3,000 acres full of wildlife and plant life, and endless opportunities for grade A photos.  This particular panorama was shot on the Boreal Life trail.  It starts on a wooded path at the gazebo and loops around through the bog and marsh.  It is quite short so I would suggest linking it with other trails.  Another trail that I was interested in was the Black Pond trail, but did not have the chance to do the loop.  Black Pond is probably my favorite place in the Adirondacks and I love fishing for trout there.  I have hundreds of photos to share from my recent trip, so stay tuned.

Last year's Adirondack Camping Trip
Gear from the trip
2011 ADK Trip

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mission Workshop in San Francisco

Mission Workshop in San Francisco
Inside Mission Workshop

Mission Workshop in San Francisco
Proper testing of the Vandal

Mission Workshop in San Francisco
Subtle Signage

Mission Workshop Vandal - 3 Months In
The Vandal, 3 months in

At the beginning of May I wrote about a variety of bicycle commuting bags that would suit my needs in various ways.  I touched on the high and low points of each bag and the cost.  Recently I had the opportunity to visit the flagship Mission Workshop store in San Francisco (check out my vacation posts) and from that point forward was sold on the MW Vandal.

The store is tucked away in a little alley off of Valencia Street.  The big sliding barn doors open wide for a cool view of the inventory and space.  I fiddled around with just about every bag in the store, weighing my options. Admittedly, the price tag and shock took a moment to sink in.

Annually I commute approximately 2,500 miles on my bike.  Rain, cold, snow, sunshine, humidity, and all types of weather are common here in Pennsylvania. Having a piece of gear that could get me through each season was, at this point, not something I wanted to skimp on.  

So I decided to bite the bullet and go all in.  Three months down the road, I am still happy with my purchase and impressed at how it has performed so far.  I look forward to many, many years with this bag.  

Here are some of my favorite features of the Mission Workshop's Vandal bag:

- Lifetime guarantee
- Padded straps with padded back rest 
- Expands from a 22 Liter capacity to 44 Liters!!!
- Waterproof
- Chest straps that are horizontally and vertically adjustable
- Roll or flap top closing
- Tough as nails velcro
- Great buckles (and they now offer metal buckles that can be switched out)
- Craftsmanship
- Repairs for life

*AND I mentioned to the man helping me that a friend's MW bag had a zipper malfunction.  He said the bag can be shipped back for repairs and they will send out a bag for the friend to use while his is being repaired! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bobo's Mountain Sugar Goes Camping

Bobo's Mountain Sugar

As you may or may not know Maple syrup holds a special place in my heart.  I've said it before, but
Bobo's Mountain Sugar is top level when it comes to the syrup making game.  Light, bold, fragrant, sticky, delicious, addicting...yep, it's all of those things.So when it came time to pack the camping gear this year, Bobo's came along and was a hit.    It pairs well with apple and banana pancakes.  Check out their Tumblr for more info.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July on the Water

Situated in a small corner of the world is a lake that I used to call home.  Every now and then I get to visit and explore.  Somehow, in the past 10 years, this was the first time I can recall watching fireworks from the middle of the lake bobbing up and down on a boat.  Pictures could never do it justice.  I hope you had a Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Photo Featured in Day & Nite Magazine

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A cool Canadian publication called Day & Nite Magazine featured one of my photos in their premier issue.  Check it out here in full.  It's from a Sunday afternoon post (here) about making the perfect Old Fashioned. Yummy!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Beer Review (32): Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Trauger Pilsner

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Trauger Pilsner

Brewery: Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Beer: German Pilsner | Beer Advocate Score: 84 Abv: 4.8%

It's absolutely true that World Cup Soccer combined with any beer is a recipe for a great afternoon.  It’s a theory I proved four years ago and carried over into this year’s competition.  So when I found myself thirsty and in center city this weekend I found it only natural to seek out three things: A/C, TV, and an adult beverage.  Neshaminy Creek doesn't usually rank too high on my list of local (Pennsylvania) breweries since having a lackluster IPA last year, but I thought to give them another go.  The traditional German Pilsner was smooth, crisp, fruity and memorable.