Archive | December, 2009

Arizona Highways

Arizona Highways is a monthly magazine published by the Arizona Department of Transportation since 1925. It began as an engineering journal dedicated to the state’s road construction and maintenance, but was eventually taken over by Arizona travel tales, stories and photos. The covers of these magazines are some of the best I’ve ever seen, so start looking for them if you haven’t already.

American Highways is still around and has a damn good website full of scenic drive and hiking ideas – perfect, if like me, you’re spending Christmas time in southern Arizona.

MP3: Tony Joe White – I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (thx)

December 15, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Instant Grits

What’s better than instant grits and pepper for breakfast while camping?

Tell me.

December 14, 2009 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 7 }

White Mountain Art

White Mountain art refers to the 19th century body of work by over four hundred artists who painted landscapes of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. One of the early artists to paint the area, and the artist widely known as the founder of the Hudson River School, was Thomas Cole, whose painting A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains (top) is considered one of the most famous of the early era of White Mountain art. But it was Benjamin Champney (Moat Mountain From North Conway, bottom) who eventually defined the “White Mountain School” of painting. Champney, a New Hampshire native, moved to North Conway in 1858 and spent the rest of his life painting the area. He was influenced by the Hudson River School style, but eventually developed a unique style of his own that attracted artists to North Conway from all over the country.

For more information and loads more paintings, visit

December 14, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Way It is

Youtube: Bruce Hornsby And The Range – Mandolin Rain (Live 1987)

December 10, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

NPS Gives $873K For Trails

The National Park Service’s “Connect Trails To Park” grants have been awarded for 17 projects this year. The grants total $873,000, and are being given to places where national historic and scenic trails intersect with national parks and other Federal facilities. The full list of recipients can be found here, but it includes:

Rocky Mountain National Park, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail: $59,750 to build a new kiosk, pavilion, and entrance sign for the trail at Grand Lake.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Stanwix National Memorial, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park: $30,485 to construct North Country National Scenic Trail waysides at Grand Marais, Michigan; Rome, New York, and; Dayton, Ohio

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: $35,000 to provide for Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail interpretive programming at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: $45,205 to develop an “Explore the Outdoors, Your Life Depends on It” education program in Great Falls, Montana.

The grant program was established in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 52,000 mile National Trails System. The Trails System dates from 1968 legislation that created the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails. Today, the National Trails System is comprised of 11 national scenic trails (NSTs), 19 national historic trails (NHTs), and more than 1,050 national recreation trails (NRTs). (via Daily Dirt)

MP3: Jack Rose – Revolt

December 9, 2009 | Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

That Ghost

Daniel, Hanly and I went out to Breezy Point a few weeks ago with our friend, Earthwalker, and made a music video for That Ghost. Earthwalker ate some bad sand and we followed him around singing “Let Go, Let Go, Let Go” at the top of our lungs until the sun went down. Stereogum premiered it yesterday and you can watch it on Vimeo after the jump.

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December 9, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Constitution Marsh

Since 1970, Audobon has managed the Constitution Marsh, a 270 acre tidal marsh (a type of marsh found along coasts and estuaries of which the flooding characteristics are determined by the tidal movement of the adjacent estuary, sea or ocean) on the east shore of the Hudson, just south of Cold Spring, NY. (thx)

December 8, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Hunters Of Greenland


He’s trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that’s drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back. For 25 years, he has been traveling to small Inuit villages in Greenland’s most remote regions, documenting hunting traditions that are 4,000 years old.

December 8, 2009 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Lovin’ To Be Lovin’

The whole record couldn’t be better, but Holy Hell is this the song. Thank you BTBN.

MP3: Ike & Tina Turner – It Ain’t Right (Lovin’ To Be Lovin’)

December 7, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

100 Days In Glacier

In 2001, a friend of mine and his father set out on a camping trip in Glacier National Park. It was a 14 mile hike from the trailhead to the campsite, and along the way, they met some doctors that were on the same journey. My friend sped up towards the end of the hike to see where they’d be sleeping, and while he was ahead, his father had a heart attack. The doctors found his father, did some life saving doctor things and had him airlifted out of the park to a hospital. There also happened to be a long distance runner already at the campsite who, the following morning after the helicopter came, ran down the 14 mile trail and the extra several miles to my friend’s car, and drove it back to the trailhead to save time for the rest of the group. It’s a hell of a story that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all weekend. My friend’s father was at the party where the story was told and still keeps in touch and visits the doctors that saved his life. Great ending.

The above picture is from Glacier Park Magazine’s 100 Days In Glacier feature that celebrates the park’s 100th birthday in 2010. More after the jump.

December 7, 2009 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }