Archive | June, 2009

Man Vs Wild Saves A Boy In The Woods

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Home Alone in the woods:

When he realized he’d been separated from his family on a weekend hike in a northern Utah forest, 9-year-old Grayson Wynne’s thoughts turned to television.

Grayson watches “Man vs. Wild” on the Discovery Channel every week with his brothers and his dad. On the show, host and adventurer Bear Grylls strands himself in the wilderness and then shows viewers how to survive the sticky situations.

That’s where Grayson says he learned to leave clues behind to help searchers find him.

Read the article here. At what point did his parents realize he was gone? When they got home?

June 23, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

R.I.P Kodachrome

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Goodbye nice bright colors. Goodbye greens of summer.

Read: Kodak discontinues Kodachrome Film

June 22, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

The Maine Woods

My two old friends, Sean and Adrienne, both of whom have been my Maine tour guides for a majority of the time that I have spent in that wonderful place over the past several years, spent the night in my Brooklyn apartment last night. They’ve painted my face in Portland while I pounded on an electric organ, blasted Ali Farka Touré on a hot summer day while driving down the coast in Harpswell, and introduced me to the world’s best smell, Sweet Annie, at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. Sean stomped into my apartment around 6:00 pm yesterday, carrying a bass guitar he picked up for me on Long Island and wearing his Quoddys, excited as hell to tell me all about the summer that he and Adrienne will be spending in Portland. Since my folks moved up to the Portsmouth, NH, I’ve spent a good deal of time around the southern parts of the state, but my version of Maine is all them. For better of worse. The way life should be.

From The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau:

You commonly make your camp just at sundown, and are collecting wood, getting your supper, or pitching your tent while the shades of night are gathering around and adding to the already dense gloom of the forest. You have no time to explore or look around you before it is dark. You may penetrate half a dozen rods farther into that twilight wilderness, after some dry bark to kindle your fire with, and wonder what mysteries lie hidden still deeper in it, say at the end of a long day’s walk; or you may run down to the shore for a dipper of water, and get a clearer view for a short distance up or down the stream, and while you stand there, see a fish leap, or a duck alight in the river, or hear a wood-thrush or robin sing in the woods. That is as if you had been to town or civilized parts. But there is no sauntering off to see the country, and ten or fifteen rods seems a great way from your companions, and you come back with the air of a much traveled man, as from a long journey, with adventures to relate, though you may have heard the crackling of the fire all the while, – and at a hundred rods you might be lost past recovery, and have to camp out. It is all mossy and moosey. In some of those dense fir and spruce woods there is hardly room for the smoke to go up. The trees are a standing night, and every fir and spruce which you fell is a plume plucked from the night’s raven wing. Then at night the general stillness is more impressive than any sound, but occasionally you hear the note of an owl farther or nearer in the woods, and if near a lake, the semi-human cry of the loons at their unearthly levels.

MP3: Ali Farka Touré – Timbarma

June 22, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Smokey Bear

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A few Smokey Bear facts:

1) The living symbol of Smokey Bear, the United States Forest Service mascot, was a black bear that was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17, 000 acres in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico in 1950. The bear climbed a tree to escape the fire, but his paws and legs were burned when he was found and rescued.

2) “Smokey The Bear” or “Smokey Bear?” Smokey Bear. The “the” was added in 1952 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins while writing the bear’s anthem. In order to maintain the correct rhythm, they needed to add the extra syllable.

3) The Smokey Bear campaign is the longest running public service campaign in history.

4) In April 2001, Smokey’s message was updated to “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

And now you know.

Read: Smokey’s Wikipedia

Look: Smokey’s Poster Archive

MP3: Smokey The Bear

A few Smokey Bear PSAs after the jump…

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June 22, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Barbara Dane and the chambers brothers

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Y’all hear this record before? I know there’s a ton of records that make you feel like you’re laying down in the room with the band while they practice the songs for the first time, but this one rubs me real good. Right as rain. Good way to ring in the 500th post up in here. Thanks for reading/commenting/hating/not giving a shit/listening/making fun of me 500 times.

MP3: Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers – Go Tell It On The Mountain

MP3: Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brother – I Am Weary and a Lonesome Traveler

June 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 7 }

Beer In A bag?

If you’ve ever used a river or lake to chill your beers (which you for sure have) while camping or backpacking, you know how heavy a six pack of Coors Light can be. A few companies make plastic camping flasks to put your whiskey in, but we all know that a cold beer after a hike is way better than a pull of warm Old Grand-Dad. The Beverage Pouch Company has found a solution to this weight dilemma by creating Beer In A Bag, which will make it easier for you to bring your favorite micro-brewery beers into the backcountry. Sounds like a cool idea, but I already know there is no chance I will ever use one of these. Nice try though!

June 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

Watch Hill Ferry

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If you’re living in New York and want to get out to the state’s only nationally recognized wilderness, the Watch Hill Ferry to Fire Island is now up and running again. It was shut down for a short time while the NPS was fixing their dock. If you take the LIRR to Patchogue and walk behind the bowling alley, jump on the ferry and have an Atlantic Ocean beach all to yourself when the sun goes down.  Get there early, the NPS only issues permits to 12 people at a time in the eastern section and 24 in the western section.

Look: Cold Splinters on Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

June 18, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Lighthouses

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I ain’t got much to say today.

Look: Tons more of these here

June 17, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Opuntia Echios

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Along with the prickly pear, the Opuntia Echios (pictured above) is part of the Opunita genus in the cactus family, Cactaceae. The Opuntius Echios is endemic to Ecuador. Pretty lady, ain’t she?

June 17, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Surfing In Chicago

If you live in Chicago, it is now legal to go surfing on Lake Michigan. Rejoice. Read more at The Goat.

Watch: WTTW Great Lakes Surfing Special

MP3: Beach Boys – Don’t Go Near The Water

June 17, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }