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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Adirondack Mountains, NY | Camping Getaway Pt. 2
















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A couple more snaps from a long weekend in upstate NY in the Adirondacks.  These were all taken with the handy iPhone.  Since it rained so much I was a little nervous to have the camera out on the water or in camp.  Looking forward to another weekend getaway.

Check out Pt. 1, here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Praise the Land Rover and Some Surfing in Scotland



Passing Place to The North Shore of Britain: A Tribute to One of the Last Defenders is a great little video paying homage to a timeless vehicle built for adventure.  Passing through beautiful countryside and breathtaking coastlines in pursuit of the next wave.  Worth a watch.  Dreaming about the weekend...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Year of Practiculture by Rohan Anderson


I'm a huge fan of what Rohan does and how he does it. He makes/harvests/hunts/eats/photographs good food.  It's remarkable what a man and his family can achieve if you cut out all the excess and focus on the goodness.  I've been inspired by his writing for years now.  Inspired to cook good food from his first book(Whole Larder Love), and excited to get my hands on the second book, A Year of Practiculture.  Which for US residents may require some patience.  Pre-sale orders are only open to the folks "down under" for now.    Rohan Anderson's Website About Rohan


I'm a huge fan of what Rohan does and how he does it. He makes/harvests/hunts/eats/photographs good food. It's remarkable what a man and his family can achieve if you cut out all the excess and focus on the goodness. I've been inspired by his writing for years now.  Inspired to cook good food from his first book(Whole Larder Love), and excited to get my hands on the second book, A Year of Practiculture.  Which for US residents may require some patience.  Pre-sale orders are only open to the folks "down under" for now.

Rohan Anderson's Website
About Rohan 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Atlantic Presents: Housing Through the Centuries



Homes through the centuries and a peak into what's to come. The Atlantic brings us a neat little animated video highlighting various dwellings through the centuries. Takes me back a bit to Royal Tenenbaums with a little Dick Dale type music.  I likey.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Adirondack Mountains, NY | Camping Getaway




































 


There's something special about returning to the same place every summer.  It's relatively unchanged and the beauty unwavering.  It reminds you that even though a million things could happen to you in a year, one place on the planet will remain and welcome you back so you can pick up right where you left off.

Camping is a special kind of getaway.  You make lists, bring food, try to think of everything you need but despite your preparation mother nature always has a trick up her sleeve.  This time it was a few nights of rain storms...then a whole day of pouring rain.  We made it.  We had one gem of a day out on the water, catching fish, jumping off rope swings and drinking adult beverages.

I have a few more pictures to share...stay tuned.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

For Father's Day...

I see all of these posts filled with trendy gadgets and clothing and I really wonder, would my dad EVER care about any of this?  No.  The answer is never.  My dad's not going to use a cucumber mint infused man wash to open up his pores.  He's not going to buy a new carbon fiber road bike (because whatever's in the shed will work with enough WD-40).  I bought my dad a case of good German beer one summer and he dubbed it "undrinkable."  So anything other than Yeungling or Lionshead beer is out of the question.  Truth is he's pretty easy to please.  Good food, outdoor activities and just enjoying one another - possibly the best gift to anyone despite the occasion.  Instead of making a list of potential Father's Day gifts that I'm not really going to buy for my dad, I thought I'd make a fun collage of all the things the man really likes to do.  Now isn't that fun and realistic?



I see all of these posts filled with trendy gadgets and clothing and I really wonder, would my dad EVER care about any of this?  No.  The answer is never.  My dad's not going to use a cucumber mint infused man wash to open up his pores.  He's not going to buy a new carbon fiber road bike (because whatever's in the shed will work with enough WD-40).  I bought my dad a case of good German beer one summer and he dubbed it "undrinkable."  So anything other than Yeungling or Lionshead beer is out of the question.  Truth is he's pretty easy to please.  Good food, outdoor activities and just enjoying one another - possibly the best gift to anyone despite the occasion.

Instead of making a list of potential Father's Day gifts that I'm not really going to buy for my dad, I thought I'd make a fun collage of all the things the man really likes to do.  Now isn't that fun and realistic?!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sean Yoro | Hula: Creating Beautiful Portraits

Sean Yoro, also known as street artist Hula, is creating beautiful portraits of nude women.  He can be found floating around on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and painting away on the "fringes" of NYC.  Since he is testing the boundaries of legal/illegal artwork, Yoro has not disclosed the exact locations of his work.  Tides are changing though:  “I’m getting a lot of legal walls around the world now, where I’m either permitted or commissioned to paint,” Yoro said. “So my plan is to just travel around the world and keep jamming on this project. This is the tip of the iceberg.”  His work is captivating and very realistic.  It's also quite an amazing feat for a person to stay balanced and focused enough to pull off this kind of work and stay dry.  You can find the original story here.  For a look at Sean Yoro, AKA Hula's work, click here.



Sean Yoro, also known as street artist Hula, is creating beautiful portraits of nude women.  He can be found floating around on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and painting away on the "fringes" of NYC.  Since he is testing the boundaries of legal/illegal artwork, Yoro has not disclosed the exact locations of his work.  Tides are changing though:  “I’m getting a lot of legal walls around the world now, where I’m either permitted or commissioned to paint,” Yoro said. “So my plan is to just travel around the world and keep jamming on this project. This is the tip of the iceberg.”  His work is captivating and very realistic.  It's also quite an amazing feat for a person to stay balanced and focused enough to pull off this kind of work and stay dry.  You can find the original story here.  For a look at Sean Yoro, AKA Hula's work, click here.

Sean Yoro, also known as street artist Hula, is creating beautiful portraits of nude women.  He can be found floating around on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and painting away on the "fringes" of NYC.  Since he is testing the boundaries of legal/illegal artwork, Yoro has not disclosed the exact locations of his work.  Tides are changing though:

“I’m getting a lot of legal walls around the world now, where I’m either permitted or commissioned to paint,” Yoro said. “So my plan is to just travel around the world and keep jamming on this project. This is the tip of the iceberg.”

His work is captivating and very realistic.  It's also quite an amazing feat for a person to stay balanced and focused enough to pull off this kind of work and stay dry.  You can find the original story here.

For a look at Sean Yoro, AKA Hula's work, click here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beat the Heat #Roundup

This summer has already been a doozy.  It's been too hot to cook and I barely have any interest in eating food other than smoothies, you know?  Here are a couple things to get you through the summer heat waves:  Kiehl's Bodywash - Yes, you will be taking around 5 showers a day so enjoy them!  Rocket Pop Molds - Turn that blended smoothie into a rocket shaped snack!  I'd add a bit of protein powder and some chia seeds.  Voila - dinner!  Ye Olde Kiddie Pool - That's right folks, I put a kiddie pool on the list.  Good for soaking your feet and a nice place for your pup to cool off.  Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery Summer Ale to savor.  A smash hit this season!  Sunglasses: Persols - for the folks that don't like to squint and have a little bit of scratch laying around.    Wear Sunscreen - Alba's sunscreen is super gentle on the skin and will keep you pale all summer long!  J.A.W.N. - What up Philly?!  Yeah that's right, Juicy Ale With Nugget by Neshaminy Creek is a must.  Grab yo'self some of them jawns.  Ally Canoe - Yeah, it folds up!  Just because you live in a tiny apartment doesn't mean that you should limit your adventures!    Sawyer Paddles - Canoe that baby in style with the bent handle wooden Sawyer paddles.    Linen Shorts - Taylor Stitch presents the sea washed indigo linen shorts.  B r e e z y.


This summer has already been a doozy.  It's been too hot to cook and I barely have any interest in eating food other than smoothies, you know?

Here are a couple things to get you through the summer heat waves:

Kiehl's Bodywash - Yes, you will be taking around 5 showers a day so enjoy them!

Rocket Pop Molds - Turn that blended smoothie into a rocket shaped snack!  I'd add a bit of protein powder and some chia seeds.  Voila - dinner!

Ye Olde Kiddie Pool - That's right folks, I put a kiddie pool on the list.  Good for soaking your feet and a nice place for your pup to cool off.

Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery Summer Ale to savor.  A smash hit this season!

Sunglasses: Persols - for the folks that don't like to squint and have a little bit of scratch laying around.

Wear Sunscreen - Alba's sunscreen is super gentle on the skin and will keep you pale all summer long!

J.A.W.N. - What up Philly?!  Yeah that's right, Juicy Ale With Nugget by Neshaminy Creek is a must.  Grab yo'self some of them jawns.

Ally Canoe - Yeah, it folds up!  Just because you live in a tiny apartment doesn't mean that you should limit your adventures!

Sawyer Paddles - Canoe that baby in style with the bent handle wooden Sawyer paddles.

Linen Shorts - Taylor Stitch presents the sea washed indigo linen shorts.  B r e e z y.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beer Review (48): Deschutes Brewery Twilight Summer Ale

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery Beer: Blonde Ale | Beer Advocate Score: 83 Abv: 5%  It was a Sunday afternoon and extremely hot here in the city of brotherly love.  The quest was initially for iced coffee and quickly took a turn.  It was hot.  The streets were packed and the Corner Foodery was calling out to us.  I stood before the refrigerators packed with cold ones and began sweeping through for a new beer to try.  Of course there were many I haven't had, but it always seems Deschutes churns out solid beers every season.  So I grabbed a Twilight Summer Ale and got cracking.  This baby is seasonal and only out on shelves until September.  You have plenty of time to grab some, but know this ain't a beer you can bring to your Halloween party, unfortunately.  This may have been the first time I had a mouth full of Amarillo hops, but let's be honest, I'm not really sure.  Either way, it was a curious and distinct flavor that sat on the tongue for awhile. Absolutely delicious and refreshing.  As you can see above it poured a nice golden/amber color with a bubbly head.  I'd say this would be a perfect camping beer or something to quench the thirst on a hot summers day.  And how about that pretty label, eh?

             BreweryDeschutes Brewery BeerBlonde Ale | Beer Advocate Score: 83 Abv: 5%

It was a Sunday afternoon and extremely hot here in the city of brotherly love.  The quest was initially for iced coffee and quickly took a turn.  It was hot.  The streets were packed and the Corner Foodery was calling out to us.

I stood before the refrigerators packed with cold ones and began sweeping through for a new beer to try.  Of course there were many I haven't had, but it always seems Deschutes churns out solid beers every season.  So I grabbed a Twilight Summer Ale and got cracking.

This baby is seasonal and only out on shelves until September.  You have plenty of time to grab some, but know this ain't a beer you can bring to your Halloween party, unfortunately.

This may have been the first time I had a mouth full of Amarillo hops, but let's be honest, I'm not really sure.  Either way, it was a curious and distinct flavor that sat on the tongue for awhile. Absolutely delicious and refreshing.  As you can see above it poured a nice golden/amber color with a bubbly head.  I'd say this would be a perfect camping beer or something to quench the thirst on a hot summers day.  And how about that pretty label, eh?