Archive | May, 2012

Hazard Stevens

Some friends – one of whom is a National Park ranger – brought a baby boy into the world yesterday. And who did they name him after? Hazard Stevens, of course, who made the first documented successful climb of Mount Rainier on August 17, 1870. That is one studly name.

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Lullaby (Live)

May 30, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


Cold Splinters is in Oregon this week doing some work. If you’re around, you know what to do. See you soon.

May 29, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Welcome Home

Sure, it’s been a few weeks since the guys behind Ramblers Bone (Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan) have returned safe and sound to New York City, but in case you have yet to mosey on over to the RB website, now’s as good a time as any. The guys spent 28 days driving 6,288 miles around the western part of these United of States. Mark that as Uncategorized.

MP3: Beach House – Myth

May 24, 2012 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

California Condor

According to an article in The Oregonian posted a few days ago, the California Condor has reached a new population milestone: More than 400 are alive today, 226 of them wild in California, Arizona and Baja, Mexico, and 179 living in zoos and four breeding centers. The Condor, which is largest bird in North America, was almost extinct just 30 years ago.

A few weeks back, while spending a day hiking up to Tin House in Big Sur, CA, three (!) of these handsome birds flew over us for close to a half hour, soaring back and forth, getting so close that you could hear the flap of their wings. We had just gotten high enough above the redwoods that the coast was in full view, making it nearly impossible to lose sight of the birds in the thick of the woods. I was by myself during the entire thing – I had walked ahead – laying down on the trail, too happy to care that I had left my phone in the car to take pictures.

Thank you Obi for bringing your camera.

MP3: Little Joy – The Next Time Around

May 23, 2012 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Hey Diddle

There’s a remastered version of Paul McCartney’s Ram out today, one of our favorite albums in the history of albums, so get on over to iTunes and grab it. Perfect for any spring/summer drive to and from wherever you’re going. The new versions includes the song from the video above, “Hey Diddle.”

Hands Across The Water.

May 22, 2012 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Camp Food: Nutritional Yeast

Whether you’re a vegan (Thank you, Scott Jurek), a vegetarian or a steak every night kind of person, Nutritional Yeast is a damn fine thing to have along in your backpack while out for a couple of days. If you haven’t tried this stuff, it tastes like a nutty powdered cheese. Which is good. Believe you me.

Around these parts, we put the stuff on most sandwiches (save almond/peanut/cashew butter), pasta, tacos, or if we’re around the campfire, a pan of Jiffy Pop. (That’s a lie, I haven’t had Jiffy Pop in years.) And, hell, it’s a complete protein. Who woulda thunk it?

MP3: The Amazing – International Hair

May 22, 2012 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Adventure #013.

You win, Benji.

MP3: ABBA – The Visitors (Cracking Up)

May 21, 2012 | Art/Photography, Camping, Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


If you’re a map person, which I’m assuming you are if you’re reading this, let it be known that the U.S. Geologic Survey is having a major sale right now. Over 60K maps are only $1, like the Crater Lake beauty pictured above. Have at it here.

 MP3: Randy Newman – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Live)

May 21, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Trail Mix X

Perhaps not surprisingly, this week’s Trail Mix comes from Allie, Obi and Hall of Juniper Ridge. Couldn’t not end the week of JR camping posts with a mix, right? Especially since so much of that trip was geeking out on music. Kyuss and 20/20? Yessss.

The sun is a shining out east this weekend, so if you’re in these parts, have a great time, be happy and enjoy yourself some “Poppy Fields.” (Get it? POPPY?)

Download: Trail Mix Volume X – Poppy Fields

May 18, 2012 | Trail Mix | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Cabin Time

Geoff Holstad, who used to write a post once in a while on this here rag (ahem), is off on his second Cabin Time adventure as we speak. If you’re not hip to CT, here’s a little more info:

Cabin-Time is loading up a caravan of vehicles to leave from Grand Rapids, Michigan, picking up 18 artists on the way through Chicago and Minneapolis to finally land in a small hand-built cabin outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Nationally and internationally regarded artists are coming from around the U.S., the list of which can be found on the C.T. site.

Cabin-Time is a roaming artist residency to remote places.  The first C.T. trip was with seven Michigan-based artists this past January, to an 8-bunk C.C.C. cabin in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The artists spent 5 days making work both independently and collaboratively, entirely off-grid in Michigan’s northwoods.  Photos, videos, and work made during and responding to the residency can be seen here.

Have fun out there. Congrats, GH.

MP3: Todd Rundgren – We Gotta Get You a Woman

May 16, 2012 | Art/Photography, Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }