Archive | April, 2011

Whole Larder Love

Some serious foraged-food porn over at Whole Larder Love. Spending time on his site gets me more and more antsy for the sun to stay awhile. Forage some mushrooms and ramps with your buds, get some eggs & potatoes from the farmers’ market (or your backyard) and ask Ro how to make breakfast. Beautiful photos, good eatin’.

April 28, 2011 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

On The Edge

On The Edge, 1985:

Aging distance runner Wes Holman (Bruce Dern) can no longer participate in American events thanks to a violation of his amateur status 20 years earlier. Convinced he’s still fit enough capture the honor he lost years ago, Holman heads to his childhood home in Northern California to train for the run of his life: the brutal Cielo Sea Race, which has crushed competitors decades younger than him. John Marley and Pam Grier costar in this potent film.

According to (YES) the Cielo Sea Race is based on the actual race called The Dipsea Race and the aerial footage in the film was taken from an actual race.

Watch the trailer after the jump and then watch the movie in full over at Netflix. It’s well worth your time, I promise.

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April 27, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Never Cry Wolf

Never Cry Wolf (1983) was one of Disney’s first takes at a grittier, more mature venture, and they knocked it out of the park on the first swing. Never Cry Wolf is an adaptation of Farley Mowat’s influential book by the same title, written in 1963. You can find this film at most any library, ours has three copies.

From wikipedia

In Northern Canada, a young government biologist named Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is assigned to travel to the isolated Arctic wilderness to study the area’s savage population of wolves. His orders are to gather proof of the wolves’ ongoing destruction of caribou herds.

Contact with his quarry comes quickly, as he discovers not a den of marauding killers, but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. Tyler is befriended by two Inuit who tell him their own stories about the wolves. As Tyler learns more and more about the wolf world he comes to fear, along with them, the onslaught of hunters (Brian Dennehy) out to kill the wolves for their pelts and exploit the wilderness.

Watch the trailer and some clips here. Or watch the whole shebang (for now) in pieces here.

April 25, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }



April 25, 2011 | Desert Solitaire | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have a Good Weekend

MP3: Paul McCartney – Calico Skies

April 22, 2011 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Filmmaker Werner Herzog was interviewed yesterday on NPR’s Fresh Air about his 2010 film, “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams“, just before it’s US release at the end of April. This film, shot in 3D (I know, I know) contains footage of some of the oldest cave paintings on the planet. The Chauvet Cave in Southern France is closed to the public, due to it’s immense sensitivity and presence of harmful levels of radon and carbon dioxide. Herzog, creator of many films, including Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, is known for going to unprecedented lengths and some of the most inhospitable places for footage. I don’t know about the whole 3D thing (Herzog speaks to this skepticism which he initially shared) but this looks amazing.

Check out the trailer here.

April 21, 2011 | History, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

National Cornbread Festival

If you’re going to be anywhere near South Pittsburg, TN on April 31st or May 1st, make your way to the 15th annual National Cornbread Festival. South Pittsburg is home to Lodge, the only company still making cast iron cookware right here in these United of States. Once you’re there, you can buy yourself a dutch oven to make, well, cornbread in, and then pay $2 to enjoy samples from the National Cornbread Cookoff. Because what’s better than cornbread made in cast iron? Nothing, that’s what. 

Watch a video of how Lodge cookware is made here and then watch an old video about the festival here.

April 21, 2011 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Croakies and Chums

Ugly? Perhaps. Nerdy? Probably. But Croakies (there are Chums too, but like Chapstick is to lip balm and Kleenex is to tissue, Croakies is the common name for eyeglass retainers) are extremely useful while in the outdoors, especially while skiing or traveling by watercraft. Both Croakies and Chums are made in the USA, cheap as can be and willl help make sure you don’t crush your sunglasses while sitting down for dinner. Seen that happen plenty of times. And for a little Croakies nostalgia:

In 1977 a local ski patrolman from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, came up with an idea for an eyewear retainer that would grip his shades through all kinds of alpine adventures. Using an old wetsuit, some sharp scissors, and good old American ingenuity, he made the first pair of eyewear retainers.  The ingenious device was based on the design of a Chinese finger trap and it quickly became a hit with all of the patrollers!  Demand picked up quickly for the patrolman’s invention which was nameless at first.

Back in the seventies, the Jackson Hole ski patrol used the nickname “croakies” when they couldn’t think of a word (think “thingamajig”), but it finally stuck on the first neoprene eyewear retainer ever invented. 

Croakies headquarters are still in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with our production in Bozeman, Montana. Our inspiration remains the same – to create eyewear retainers and accessories that provide comfort, style, durability, and functionality to active people of all ages. With the addition of men’s and women’s belts into Croakies accessory line-up, Croakies now offers something for everyone.

Croakies products are sold by retailers throughout the United States and in over 30 countries around the world. They’ve even been used OUT of this world – Croakies became standard issue on the Space Shuttle in 1990.  

Do y’all use eyeglass retainers on the trail?

April 19, 2011 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }

Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins + Sunprints

MP3: Ringo Starr – Photograph

April 18, 2011 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

National Park Week

Yes, it started on Friday, April 16th, but it goes until April 24th, so don’t miss your chance to get out to your favorite national park this week FOR FREE. That’s right, all 394 national parks are waiving their entrance fee until Sunday, so you still have one more weekend if you can’t manage a weekday trip. It’s all part of National Park Week, brought to you by the National Park Service.

Or you could stay home, pay the small fee on a weekday/weekend that’s way less crowded, and avoid the mayhem of the big parks.

April 18, 2011 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }