Second Generation DryComp Ridge Sackby Richard
02/18/2014 08:45:16 P.M.
When I moved to downtown Orlando, just over a year ago, there was one purchase that has assisted me in both saving money and enjoying the city: a bicycle.
Forget gas: I'll pedal.
And if you know anything about Florida, you know that it rains. A lot. In the summer, it gets fairly incessant. My first DryComp Ridge sack was a wonder, but after letting a friend borrow it for a good portion of the prior year, it had one major fault (at least for me). The piping the shoulder straps, with much wear and tear, had broken. My friend didn't really care (which is why I gave him the pack, eventually), but I took issue with this mechanical weakness.
Holes in My Fivefingersby Richard
01/07/2014 10:11:06 P.M.
Many people have asked the question "How long do Fivefingers last?" While I think this is a good question, in principle, it's much more difficult to explain than one might think.
And it starts with, "It depends..."
THE ISSUE//Frequency and Comparision to Running Shoes
This may sound obvious, but it's foundational to understanding how long you'll have you brand new toe shoes.
Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 4—West & South)by Richard
12/13/2013 08:20:34 A.M.
I lived on this side of town for approximately three years, and these parks were like a lifeline to me—as I knew needed green grass all the more when I moved to town and knew little about it. Particularly, one of the honorable mentions, which is a tiny little park, made a big difference for me because it was so close to my home. The other two, however, remain in my park reportoire even as I live on the other side of town.
Dr. Phillips Community Park—I’m still caught up on the fact that it has a water park that I can play in. Difficult to top that. But it also has some great fields and is relatively quiet—tucked away off the road.
Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 3—North of Downtown)by Richard
11/27/2013 05:00:11 P.M.
COMMUNITIES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
This is my favorite area of town, by far. It's close to many things in the city, yet it resists the temptation to be over-bearing. The communities are Florida old (i.e. I have a delightful 86-year old neighbor who remembers when there was only one house within a mile and half to the east of hers, only 70 years ago...yet, the houses all seem well-lived, in a charming sort of way) and have a lot to offer, particularly in the way of green space.
Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 2—Maitland/Winter Park)by Richard
11/11/2013 08:39:54 P.M.
Here's the next installment of my favorite parks in Orlando:
Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 1—Downtown)by Richard
10/29/2013 08:32:13 P.M.
Last month, at Creative Mornings, a Rollins College urban planner named Bruce Stevensen laid out some of his plans for making Orlando more awesome (which apparently means, 'a lot more like Portland').
He said that one of the big catalysts for healthy city development is the presence (and addition) of city parks.
That got me thinking about the current city parks in Orlando, and how vital they are to me, helping me slow down in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the expansive cityscape. So, in honor of them, here is a list of some of the best city parks in the greater Orlando area:
Trail Running and Biking Essential Accessoriesby Alley
10/17/2013 07:45:11 P.M.
I have been in Virginia for 7 months now and have experienced the ins and outs of the trails here, both on bike and my own two feet. On a side note, there are hills everywhere! I used to live in Florida and we don't exactly have (m)any hills, but I must say, they're actually a fun challenge compared to what I was always used to. But regardless of locale, I want to talk about a couple essential items for day-to-day trail experiences (I could go on and on about how I like different options for trails shoes but you can check out my last post about that!)
Loving Virginia Againby Richard
10/02/2013 11:06:01 P.M.
I've realized recently that wherever I've lived, I haven't taken enough advantage of the wonderful places in those areas. In Michigan, I never made it to Traverse City, for example (which is apparently like a delightfully mild Caribbean town in the summer months). In Virginia, I never visited the famous Appomatox courthouse (which was just down the road from my alma mater). And in Missouri, I never once went to see Yakov Smirnoff's comedy show (which, may or may not end up having been a #win on my part).
Not All Hikes Have Live Animalsby Krispy Kritter
08/22/2013 08:22:42 P.M.
Normally, I see animals on hikes in the middle of the wilderness, but this time (maybe the first), I was pleasantly surprised by a different kind of animal. Walking through downtown Dallas, I found myself in the last place I thought I'd see in the middle of a city, a Texas Longhorn cattle drive. Yet, there I was in disbelief, eyeball to eyeball, staring at a line of cattle emerging from a ridge top, descending down a small cliff, crossing a stream and walking past me. And, to top it off, three cowboys on horseback accompanied the steers to make sure they didn’t stray.
Crimes Against Hammockby Richard
08/07/2013 08:12:43 P.M.
I had to do it, to go back to the scene of the crime. So once I got back to my parents country Michigan home, I walked past the gunfire, through the poison ivy, and thorny arcs of raspberry bushes silently waiting to make contact with skin. I tramped downhill, through fields, then through the swarms of mosquitos to put it up—my new hammock. The location: over the same creek where my last hammock broke and dumped me into the muddy water.
ENO hammocks don’t break, but mine just so happen to...because I let it. My previous one had eight years of wear and tear and had recently developed a couple tiny holes. Unchecked, they corporately provided a lack of structural integrity that ripped under the pressure of my body and dumped it into the idyllic creek. If I had done simple maintenance, the spill would have been prevented.