Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Love Nick's Sticks

Photo courtesy of Nick's Sticks Facebook page

So what are they, you ask?  They are "All-natural Grass Fed beef & pasture raised turkey snack sticks made with organic seasoning. Raised by farmer Nick Wallace."  And the best thing about them?  They don't have any scary additives or hard-to-pronounce-fillers.  Nick's Sticks are perfectly spiced, easy to transport, great after working out, and down right easy to get your hands on.

I got a personal supply of them today!  YAY

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adirondacks, NY - Camping and Fishing Trip

View from the lean to

Trail leading from the camp to shore

Early AM fishing

Looking up!

Towing us over a canoe

The rope swing

Pretty lily pads

Canoe making a shadow and underwater view

Out on black pond

Apple and Banana pancakes

Paul Smith's VIC trails

St. Regis River Fishing

Pulled in a big small mouth bass

Calm before the storm
Mid-July my family and I headed north to the Adirondacks in New York state.  Paul Smith's college is unique in that the campus is right in the center of the Adirondack State Park.  My dad is an alum so we go back every year to camp, fish, cook over the fire, and connect with nature.  This is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been and I would highly recommend visiting or camping if you can.  On the final evening, once everyone else in the family headed home in their separate vehicles, my dad and I went to Lake Placid for some local beer and prime rib.  Not too shabby!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Gamine Workwear - For Women!

Not since my Hiut Denim purchase have I been this infatuated by a line of women's jeans.  Gamine Workwear achieves what few other companies are able to do, combine form and function while maintaining feminine lines. I'm usually dissatisfied with women's jeans and envy the array of quality goods men have to choose from.  Well, not anymore!  Read their full story here.  A-freakin'-plus!

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.