Saturday, October 26, 2019

Betzwood Biking | Valley Forge

Found my way out to Betzwood one Friday afterwork! A really easy single track running into fast turns and high berms near the end of the line. Nice little way to invite in the weekend and stretch the legs. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Endo Summer '19

I'm sitting in my living room - 7:20am on a Saturday looking back through some recent memories of this summer. What an amazing one it has been. Looking forward to the crispy fall air seeping through open windows, the sound of leave crunching underneath of my maxxis and pumpkin beer. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A summer that's not too shabby, 2019

Just when you thought this died, I pump a lil' life back into it. 2019 has been a whirlwind of adventure. Getting experienced in a new job, moving in with my now fiancé, and vacationing to beautiful places.

Photos above are from the Adirondacks in New York. Views from Mt. Baker, Haystack, and the Lower St. Regis. Ice cream from Donnelly's, a daily tradition to make sure you don't wither away from all the hiking, and in the end - a coffee from a diner before departing. All in all a fabulous getaway. Check out a previous post on the Saranac Our Legacy IPA

Just got back from a 47mi road bike ride. In the spirit of Le Tour lately. Been spinning a lot lately, but moreso on the mountain bike. Hope your summer is grand.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mountain Biking | White Clay, DE

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. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Glen Onoko Falls

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

Podcasts to Catch

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

Coming up
The Habitat
and more!

Friday, December 28, 2018

MaaAAaaaAAAaaaps - A song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Source: Randall Munroe at XKCD via here

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.