Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Here's a picture of Curtiss on the bike. 1907, was a very busy time for Curtiss. In January, for example, he rode the world’s first V-8 motorcycle to a speed of 136 miles per hour in Ormond Beach, Florida. Having driven the cycle faster than even the typical locomotive of the day, he became known as “the fastest man on earth.” Full here.
The June Bug was designed by Glenn Curtiss and powered by a Curtiss engine.
Could be handy going downhill in Philly on the fixed gear!
1934 Zündapp flat twin K500 shaft-drive motorcycle.
I had the opportunity to visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum yesterday after a long drive back to Philadelphia from Buffalo, NY. The museum is located in Hammondsport, NY near Keuka Lake. Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.
Glenn Curtiss was an innovator in aviation, bicycles, and motorcycles. He was a talented motorcycle builder and racer and built engines for airships in the early 1900s. He worked with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell. Early on he had an interest in bicycles and started his own business building and maintaining them in Hammondsport. Curtiss began assembling engines and attaching them to the frame of bicycles. His desire to go fast was born. Breaking records in 1907 riding his V-8 motorcycle, building countless engines for famous aircraft, and innovating transportation and inspiring many thinkers for years to come.
If you are ever passing through or on a wine tour near the finger lakes, add this to your itinerary!
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
I stumbled upon Buck Products earlier in the week and couldn't wait to share! Actually, I may be a bit behind the times, but oh well! The bags are made in Bozeman, Montana with an intent to be simple and durable. The Flapsack, pictured on top and the Mini Knappsack are two of my favorite items on the lineup. The are affordable and seem rugged enough for whatever the day throws at you. This may be another good thing to add to the Yosemite packing list!
Check out Buck Products on Instagram, here.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I'm going to Yosemite again! In anticipation of my visit in August, I put together a little #RoundUp of things I'd like to have with me this time around. Take a look at my pictures from last year, here! You may ask, "Why Yosemite, again?" Well, to be honest, two days in the park last year was not nearly long enough. There is so much more to see and do!
Left to Right:
Jungmaven Tank Top
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA here, here and here (Grapefruit Variety)
Mission Workshop Hauser Hydration Pack 14L
Black+Blum Thermo Pot
Olympus TG 860 Waterproof Camera
Maharishi Bucket Hat in Camo
Persol Sunglasses 9714s
Olight Tactical Flashlight
New Balance Minimus Shoes
Jcrew Chinos in Green
Suunto Core Watch
Friday, July 10, 2015
Wissahickon Valley Park is part of the Fairmount Park system here in Philadelphia. Fun fact: Fairmount Park is one of the largest urban park systems in the United States! Muffin-the-dog loves breaking the rules and running off leash on the trails. She even spotted a snake (I put her leash on near the critter) and eyed up a few ducks bathing in the creek. After about 45 minutes of hiking she got brave and jumped into the water to cool off!
This was last weekend and a late report of it, of course. Not sure what is in store for this weekend.
Bastille Day is happening and will be celebrated on Fairmount Ave.
Franklin Fountain ice cream is always a good pick.
Indego is still on the to-do list.
I'll let you know how it goes ;) Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
We had some dead air over here on the blog for a couple of days now. No worries, I've just been getting over a nasty little cold and spending too much time in front of the tv.
That being said, I've been glued to the Tour de France this year and all of the epic things that have happened thus far. DID YOU SEE THE CRASH? Well, have a look at the video above and you'll get a shudder. That's a 50+ mph crash knocking out a good chunk of the group. An unfortunate setback for Fabian Cancellara (wearing the maillot jaune) who suffered two broken vertebrae from the fall and will have to drop out of the race this year.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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.