Travel, moving, and forgetfullness – where’s all my stuff?

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Things I have lost, broken, or placed somewhere wholly un-useful in the last year:

– Tip of my bike pump – only works with schrader valves now. lost in the shuffle of half a dozen people staying at my apartment in my absence

– North Face Windwall – bar in Denver at some point

– Snowboarding jacket – bar in Philly

Travel bike pump – somewhere in the D.C. office … or my house?

Hatchet – Haven’t a clue where it’s gone
– Bike light – Dunno, have replaced with 2 head lamps, one of which I’ve broken

– Bike helmet – Break room of the D.C. office

– Snowboarding gloves – lost by someone I loaned them to – since replaced by a crappier pair

– Book – Right not very descriptive. You see, I bought it in a bookstore before a long flight & promptly lost it in the airport

Two button upscloset of a friend in Boston. Thankfully I ironed them before leaving them there.

– Metal water bottle – one in a friends car in LA. one in the Colorado river (lost in a monsoon).

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Hiatus in summary

August 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

In the summer, I run citizen outreach offices that take about 100 hours of work a week – the last two years this has meant a pause from written reflection on the outdoors. I always loathe not having the time to write about my wanders in the summer (you can’t really capture the feeling or the colors of a moment three months later), but I suppose being too tired to write is a testament to how much you’re accomplishing and that is something worthwhile in itself. Thank god for iPhones I guess..

This summer –

I biked from New Jersey to Boston

Near New Paltz, NY

Near New Paltz, NY

Taconic St. Park NY - fun fact, there are no national parks in NY, only state.

Taconic St. Park NY – fun fact, there are no national parks in NY, only state.

 

I was in D.C., living about a mile from my office near Capitol South. D.C. is a weird place. Very nice in some parts, kind of crappy in others, all mostly along racial lines. A flat, fairly green city with many bike commuters and mediocre bike friendliness.

I finally wore my Toms to their final steps this summer.

I finally wore my Toms to their final steps this summer.

The zoo is free and an nice bike ride from the capitol.

The zoo is free and an nice bike ride from the capitol.

Chesapeake Bay Beach

Many dead fish in this bay.

I rounded the summer off with a trip to naked desert hot springs and the Colorado River in California. Mostly this made me think that clothes are a terrible societal convention and that nudists really know what it’s all about…

Croquet re-imagined..

Croquet re-imagined..

Favorite shot from the trip.

Favorite shot from the trip.

 

Deep Creek Hot Springs

Deep Creek Hot Springs

Cibola Nat'l Wildlife Refuge along the CO river.

Cibola Nat’l Wildlife Refuge along the CO river.

 

Lesson reinforced: adventures are where you make them.

 

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