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Archive for 'February 2012'

    New Ski Resort Amenity: World's First Ski-thru Starbucks

    fileCoffee on the go is popular at drive-thru coffeehouse chains. So why not on the ski hill, too? That's right, at California's Squaw Valley ski resort you now don't even have to take off your skis or snowboard to enjoy a Starbucks brew. The world's first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks franchise opened Feb. 10 at Squaw's Gold Coast mid-mountain complex. The first 10 days of business have seen a "really positive reaction" from skiers and snowboarders, according to Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley's public ...

    Posted by Steve T on February 21, 2012 5:07 PM & Tagged Snowboarding, Squaw Valley, Starbucks and skiing | permalink | Comments

    A Half-Dozen Outdoor Thoughts for the Long Weekend Ahead

    file1. One happenin' outdoor place to be this weekend: Yosemite National Park. The reason: Once a year, usually in mid-February, a combination of factors align to turn the park's Horsetail Fall into what looks like a ribbon of fire. The annual phenomenon got a mention this morning on NBC's Today show. Follow the link to view a Horsetail Fall video we've previously highlighted on The REI Blog, with photography tips from long-time Yosemite photographer Michael Frye. 2. Speaking of videos, this ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 17, 2012 5:34 PM & Tagged Horsetail Falls, Lincoln and Presidents Day | permalink | Comments

    Enter Sandman: The Bedazzling Sand Art of Jim Denevan

    fileEver see a beach or dry riverbed briefly transformed into a canvas? Jim Denevan, a native of Santa Cruz, Calif., is a master of this ephemeral craft. As detailed in this just-published Q&A with Bay Nature magazine, showcased in a 2008 profile from CBS Sunday Morning (see video below) and displayed on his own website, Denevan, a surfer, chef and organic farmer when not creating artwork, uses rakes and other tools to etch temporary masterpieces (often likened to crop circles) into natural ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 16, 2012 2:51 PM & Tagged Jim Denevan, art and nature | permalink | Comments

    For the Birds: Jonathan Meiburg of the Rock Band Shearwater is a Serious Ornithologist

    fileHe is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has spent weeks, sometimes months, camping in far-flung corners of the world (the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands and other remote habitats) while involved in academic-based bird studies. Musically, even the name of his Austin, Tex.-based band, Shearwater, exhibits an avian influence (shearwaters are long-winged seabirds), and the group's music and lyrical themes are often influenced by the natural world… Today's interesting outdoor ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 15, 2012 12:02 PM & Tagged Shearwater, birds, camping, music, ornithology and today's interesting outdoor person | permalink | Comments

    Posing a Question Not Exactly for the Ages, but Not Bad for V-Day: Are Hikers Sexy?

    fileIf LMFAO wrote a song about hikers, would the lyrics be "I'm dorky and I know it"? Maybe. Honestly, can hikers and backpackers be considered sexy? Hat hair. Sporks. Three-day stubble. (Y'know, in some circles the stubble thing might be a positive.) Are we trail hounds sagacious wilderness adventurers or just a gaggle of outdoor ragamuffins utterly unfamiliar with the tantric arts? (Note: Spreading sunscreen on a companion's neckline is not one of them.) After traveling hundreds and hundreds of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 14, 2012 10:54 PM & Tagged Hiking and romance | permalink | Comments

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