Travel Tuesday: Snowshoeing to Twin Lakes

•December 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Peace. Snow. Happiness.

Feast on Your Life

•November 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien

via Ode Magazine:

“Love After Love”

The time will come/ when, with elation/ you will greet yourself arriving/ at your own door, in your own mirror/ and each will smile at the other’s welcome,/ and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self./ Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart/ to itself, to the stranger who has loved you/ all your life, whom you ignored/ for another, who knows you by heart./

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,/ the photographs, the desperate notes,/ peel your own image from the mirror./

Sit. Feast on your life.

Poem by Derek Walcott.

Best Thing I’ve Seen All Day…

•November 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

via GOOD Magazine’s blog:

The French photographer Sacha Goldberger helped his 91-year-old grandmother—a Hungarian holocaust survivor—escape a bout of loneliness and depression by taking pictures of her as a superhero. It’s a charming story and the resulting photographs are a lot of fun.

Via Boing Boing

I LOVE this.

Nerdy White Guy Bringing Soul Back? You Better Believe!

•November 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Soul — a mashup of gospel-charged singing, funk rhythm and blues — got rolling with African American singers like Ray Charles and Otis Redding in the 50’s. If you’re like me, you still get down to those songs today. But word on the street is that soul is making a resurgence. And leading the pack is Mayer Hawthorne. A white guy from Ann Arbor bringing soul back? You better believe!

Stones Throw released this track was released on a 7-inch red, heart-shaped single. Awesome. Take a minute and get your foot tapping…



And for those willing to believe anything is possible, be grateful to have Mayer Hawthorne on the scene. It’s not just throwback music anymore – this revival is all about progression.

Thanks to Ms. Sarah Kuck for posting :)

Passports with Purpose: Give, Build A Village, Score Some Gear

•November 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I believe that it’s important to live every day with purpose — even more so when you’re traveling — to be intentional about where you go and what you do, in turn giving you the chance to truly connect with a place and maybe even have a positive impact on it. And when you find your way home, or to a different place, you carry with you the cultures, the people and the experiences that you’ve encountered along the way. Traveling opens your eyes… And your mind. It broadens your view of the world and often times, makes you realize that you’re not just a citizen of the country of your birth, but a citizen of the world.

Passports With Purpose is built on that idea — that “travel can change the world.” For the last two years, its founders and a whole lot of travel bloggers have put together their efforts to raise money for a good cause. Last year the initiative raised over $30,000 and built a school in rural Cambodia. This year they’re raising money for LAFTI, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Dalit (untouchable) population in India. Raising $50,000 will allow LAFTI to build an entire village of homes.

So how can you help? And how can you score this sweet jacket? Give! Every $10 donation benefits LAFTI and gets you a raffle ticket for a list of rockin’ prizes. I’m happy to be hosting a hawt Fathom Jacket from Nau. You can check out all of the other awesome prizes here.

So, take a minute and a couple of dollars this holiday season to change the world for the better — or at least a part of it.

Do What You Love And The Rest Comes

•November 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last week, I posted this over on the Osprey Packs blog because I could find no better inspiration for travel… For living, than this incredible teaser of 23 Feet — a film by my fabulous friend Allie Bombach about people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to pursue their outdoor passions. And I find myself constantly coming back to this message as I am working to rediscover my true self.

Watch and be motivated to live this life exactly how you want to. “That cheesy expression that you hear… Do what you love and the rest comes. It’s true. It really works like that.”

Travel Tuesday: Eery Rock of Ages Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

•November 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

Last weekend, we stumbled upon a far less traveled trail on the popular hike up to Ponytail Falls in the Gorge. Hopping over a gnarly log, we scrambled — on all fours — up a wildly steep trail first to a crumbly basalt arch, then to Devil’s Backbone (above). With the clouds low and the crisp November wind whipping around me as I walked, it was hard not to imagine that we might see some sort of fairy, gnome or forest nymph… We didn’t, but we did catch some amazing views of hillsides on fire with changing leaves and found a peaceful path through a misty forest without seeing a soul.



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