I've always had this place in the back of my mind. And it's taken years to finally get in my car and drive for 50 min over the border to Delaware and unpack my bike. Well worth the drive because this was some of the best singletrack I've ever been on, ever. Ever. Honestly I felt like I could pump around for ages and the only limiting factor would be hours of sunshine left and water packed. I even managed to sight some foxes during the ride. Can't wait to get back out there.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
To ring in the new year it was decided a hiking trip was in the cards. Just about 90 minutes from Philadelphia is a quaint little town called Jim Thorpe. The Lehigh river runs through the town, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Glen Onoko Falls. There are a million websites and blogs out there telling you how best to travel to and thru the park, so I'll save the tips. The hike itself was unexpectedly challenging. After parking the car, crossing underneath the bridge (hang a right when you decend the steps) and up the falls side of the trail first, I could feel my heart ticking rather quickly. Some parts of the trail required being down on all fours, strategically picking foot holds, and maneuvering up alongside the humming waterfall. The trees, even in winter, were fabulous in the overcast and moody day. We opted to do the loop which would normally be around 3.5 miles, but we accidentally took the shortcut (2.7 mi) and missed the overlook at the top. Rookie mistake, but a reason to go back and enjoy it during another season!
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
For most of my adulthood I have commuted to work on foot or bicycle. Rain or shine I relished in the fact that I didn't have to burn one ounce of gas and improved my overall health and mindset twice a day pounding the pavement. Well, the past year has been a bit of a change and the past month a most amazing change (new job 👏) - I roll on four wheels now. So this has given me a bit of time to figure out how to make my commute the most enjoyable experience as possible.
A world that I dabbled in, but didn't live in entirely before, has now become my life blood. Ladies and Gentlemen, 'True life - I'm addicted to Podcasts.'
Faves of 2018
Friday, December 28, 2018
It has occurred to me that you can consider geography more of a hobby than a necessity nowadays. I always find that people interested in this 'hobby' tend to lean into the realm of 'interested-in-the-world-around-them,' but to what degree? I find that the degree often characterizes a hobbyist and, is at the core, fascinating and often entertaining to the max. For instance, my dad could tell you by location the types of trees that characterize the landscape based on latitude and country. For the life of him, he couldn't tell you about languages or more cultural references in those places. Geography is always used for the individual purpose to solve a problem, understand industry, or sail the ocean methodically. The beauty is in the degree of the beholder?
I took a geography class in college and was delighted by the professor. Forgive me, but I can only recall his name was Stanley 'something or other.' Stanley's second stab at a career led him away from field sciences and to the classroom where he used an old fashioned projector to showcase his photographs from his travels. I was hooked. Honestly, the only class I never skipped. I was always quite satisfied in high school by geography classes and wanted to fulfill some of my general requirements with this juicy bit of schooling. So there I was, in class, feverishly drafting the most meticulous notes in my book about Stanley's anecdotes in Russia, or his trek in Mongolia, and his visit to the markets in Southeast Asian countries. Every time he would share tales, or which were all related to and perfectly intertwined into the lecture for the day, I would find that time would be up in class and I'd disappointedly close my book, linger, and leave. Couldn't wait for a day to pass so I'd be back in the room. If this class were a Netflix series, I'd be clicking 'Next Episode' before those 5 seconds of buffer could count down themselves. But, alas, this was real life and I had to employ some patience.
So, Stanley not only taught us an immense amount about geography, but also about topography, global industries, beautifully painted timelines of trade, war, language, and more. There wasn't enough time to digest everything, and I certainly didn't have enough money to stay in school forever and be a pseudo geography master, but sometimes I think back to this time - and how unrelated it was in the long run to my overall education, but how enriching it has been to my life. So I continue with the joys that come along with this type of study. This hobby. Thanks Stanley 'something or other.'
In any case, I thought it would be cute to share the above comic. I recently had a few conversations about geography with friends it APPALLED me that their understanding of the geography around them was so limited. Even more so, that they thought the Robinson Projection depicted actual and non-distorted land mass sizes. SCOFF. LAUGH. So, I had a good chuckle at the comic.
3 Minutes worth watching.
3 Minutes worth watching.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North
Taschen Version, above, Here 🙌
G.H. Doran, 1922. Here (Free Online Read)
Constantly intrigued by Scandinavian Folklore, I've stumbled upon the works of Kay Nielson by way of the Public Domain. If you are moved and fascinated by these tales and the breathtaking imagery that Nielson brings to us, have yourself a gander.
Loosely related, from my past posts: Norwegian Folktales, Old Fashioned Ski Postcards...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Crispy citrus bite now built into one of my most beloved IPAs, ever. I had no idea until a recent case swap at work that this little guy existed, what a delight! It's on a short fun, so go grab yourself a case to enjoy all winter!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
I've recently been browsing through posts on here and got a resurgence of excitement to begin posting again. Heck, if all we can do nowadays is post things on social outlets, then at least I'll keep up with my 'internet diary,' as I more or less call it. Lots of fun happenings in the last two months all of which include bread, beer, cheer, doggos, and biking. I hope everyone is getting into the spirit of things and looking forward to catching you here more often than not!