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Archive for 'May 2012'

    The Tale of My First Bike; What's Your Story?

    Bike to Work Day is Friday (May 18), which got some of us here at REI thinking about the first bikes we ever rode. What's YOUR first bike story? Here are a few of ours: Me: Knowing my family wasn't the richest, a buddy gave me my first bike. He lived on a farm in northwest Ohio, and from inside a barn he pulled out what looked like the International Harvester of bicycles: big, brawny and bright blue. From fender to stem to fender, everything was blue. My buddy's mechanical-genius dad had ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 22, 2012 2:32 PM & Tagged Bike to Work Day, Cycling and my first bike | permalink | Comments

    Handling Fire Safely Outdoors: Now Is a Good Time to Review Your Know-How

    fileSummer's official start is still a month away, but the outbreak of wildfires in 6 Western states, most notably Colorado and Arizona, suggests that responsible outdoor-minded people, particularly with a holiday weekend approaching, would be wise to review safe fire-handling practices. The Colorado wildfire, affecting about 12 square miles, reportedly was started by the misuse of a camp stove, according to ABC News. Open fires, even the heat of a passing car, were cited as possible sources of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 21, 2012 5:22 PM & Tagged campfire safety, campfires, fire safety and wildfires | permalink | Comments

    Weekend Datebook: An Eclipse, an AT Party and Other Good Outdoor Stuff on Parade

    fileEvery weekend is a good weekend to be outdoors, but this one is particularly good if you're close to any of the following happenings: Anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption. The peak blew 32 years ago today, lowering its elevation from 9,677 feet to a high point of 8,365 feet on the south crater rim, which I visited on a busy climbing day last Sunday. Below is a view of the mountain's south face I photographed on May 13. Starting on Tuesday, climbing permits ($22) are now restricted to 100 ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 18, 2012 6:58 PM & Tagged Mount St. Helens and eclipse | permalink | Comments

    Sustainable Travel

    bla bla bla. travel responsibly. the end.  ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on May 18, 2012 5:26 PM & Tagged Travel and sustainability | permalink | Comments

    Bike to Work Week is Underway; Are You In?

    fileHats off (helmets, too) to everyone who is pedaling to work this week. May is National Bike Month, this week (May 14-18) is Bike to Work Week and, if you still need an excuse to jump in the saddle, Friday, May 18, is Bike to Work Day. The benefits of riding to work are fairly obvious. Chief among them: No gasoline is involved, you get some exercise and the whole trip feels like a mini-adventure. Plus cycling involves some above-average health benefits. So if you're on the fence about pedaling ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 17, 2012 1:33 PM & Tagged Bike to Work Day, Cycling, bicycle and national bike month | permalink | Comments

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