Archive | March, 2011


In the spring/summer of 2009, Geoff Holstad and his girlfriend, Sarah, rode their bikes from Michigan to Oregon on the TransAmerica Trail. As many of you know, Geoff is both a contributor to CS and the guy behind So Sweaty, and he’s posted pictures and tales of of the trip several times around these parts. In addition to those photos, ReadyMade Magazine sat down with Geoff and Sarah and asked them a couple of questions about the trip that I was lucky enough to hear about while Geoff was in town visiting a couple of weeks ago.

Enjoy it here.

Tell us your favorite place you stayed?
Sarah: We camped in tons of beautiful spots along the way; our favorite was near the Montana-Idaho boarder in Lolo National Forest. I definitely underestimated Idaho.

Geoffrey: On our second night of the trip we read on the route maps we got for the trip that you could camp at the firehouse, so that’s what we did. It was crazy. It was pouring rain, so we set up our tent in the firehouse between two fire engines. The firemen cooked a big spaghetti dinner for us—that was pretty memorable.

March 14, 2011 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Johnny Cakes

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and if you’ve just woken up from sleeping in a tent, there are few better things in this world than preparing a hot meal that’s easy to make. Enter the Johnny Cake. Often claimed to have originated in Rhode Island, Johnny Cakes, which are cornmeal flatbreads, were being made long before Europeans showed up by the Native Americans of the Atlantic coast.

All you need is a bag of yellow or white cornmeal (I prefer yellow), salt, water and a little bit of oil. All of the toppings and fillings like jalapenos, cheese, maple syrup, etc. are up to you. I enjoy ‘em plain with a dab of hot sauce, but if you need a little bit of sweet in the morning, do what you gotta do. It’ll all taste good.

Mix in cornmeal, a pinch of salt, and equal parts BOILING water, stir and let the batter sit for a minute or two. (A 1/2 cup – 1 cup of cornmeal per person will probably suffice.) If you want that cheese, jalapenos, sweet corn, bacon etc. in your johnny cakes, now would be a good time to add those things. If you don’t have those things, fine. They’re just as good plain, trust me. Turn on your stove, put some oil in the pan, let it get hot and spoon on the batter the same way you would a pancake. Cook for about 5 or 6 minutes, until they’re a little crispy, then flip. Top with hot sauce, maple syrup, honey, salsa verde, fried eggs or the fish you caught before anyone else woke up. OR nothing at all. They should come out looking a little something like THIS.

March 8, 2011 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }


MP3: Tom Petty – Only A Broken Heart

March 8, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


For 2 years and 2 months, Dominic Gill rode a tandem bicycle with racks, panniers and a trailer from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the tip of Argentina. This ride has been done before, but Dominic rode a tandem, alone for more than 50% of the trip. He set off knowing that he wanted to make a documentary, inviting people he met along the way to ride with him, whether it was for a few days or through Main St for a quick chat. In the end, Dominic rode nearly 20,000 miles with 270 different ‘mates’. Dominic’s book about the ride, Take a Seat, was released not long ago and is available everywhere. The documentary is in the works, so check out the trailer after the jump.
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March 7, 2011 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


John Haines, pictured above in the red V-neck at the 1990 Alaskan Poetry Festival in Fairbanks, died last Wednesday at the age of 86. The NYT has this to say about the poet:

Mr. Haines may have been drawn to the far North in the manner of Robert Service or Jack London, but unlike them he came to stay and carve out a long life. He cleared forest, built cabins, planted gardens, chopped wood, cut trails, traveled by snowshoe and dogsled, trapped lynx and marten, weaved nets for salmon fishing, and had encounters with grizzlies.

Harper’s critic Hayden Carruth labeled John Haines “one of our best nature poets, or for that matter one of the best nature writers of any kind.” Jerry B. McAninch describes Haines in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as a “present-day pioneer,” asserting that the poet “speaks as a man who not only lived on one of the nation’s few remaining frontiers but who, both through long association and innate artistic sensibility, has come to embody that frontier in his writing.”

Read “If The Owl Calls Again” from his 1966 book of poems, Winter News, after the jump.

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March 7, 2011 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Yesterday I traded somebody an old drawing that I had lying in my studio for this book, The Golden Book of Camping and Camp Crafts (1959). I saw a couple images from this book on Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves and have been scouring used book stores ever since to no avail. The illustrations in this book are unbelievable. Also in the series are The Golden Book of Indian Crafts and Lore and The Golden Book of Nature Crafts. Keep an eye out if you please. More photos after the jump.
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March 3, 2011 | Camping, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 9 }

Mark Twain National Forest

A former coworker of mine sent me this gem of a brochure in an email a couple of weeks ago. This is the 2010 (yes, 2010) brochure for Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest. I mean, come on, no matter how small of a budget any public land has, to hold onto this thing until 2010 is, well, fantastic. I think…

The MTNF covers approximately 1.5 million acres, 78,000 acres of which are Wilderness and National Scenic River area. It spans 29 counties and represents 11% of all forested land in Missouri. I’ve never been there. Have you?

Download the full brochure here. The awesome pictures don’t stop at the cover.

March 1, 2011 | Camping, Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 7 }