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 ups – closet 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).
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
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 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…
Lesson reinforced: adventures are where you make them.