Earth Science Book Covers
October 30, 2009, 8:53 am
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This is a collection of covers of some  books I came across this past weekend. I really can’t get enough of old earth science books.

End Mountaintop Removal
October 30, 2009, 8:53 am
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Today there is a national effort and protest against Mountaintop Removal. Please take a minute to consider how you might help prevent the destruction of anymore mountains in our country. Down here in the South East it is pretty prevalent issue and one that needs our attention. Visit I Love Mountains.org

Bilenky Cycle Works
October 28, 2009, 8:45 pm
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If you like beards and bikes then you should know about Bilenky Cycle Works. Stephen Bilenky, the company’s namesake has been making beautiful handcrafted cycles since 1983. Before the current fad with commuter bikes Bilenky recognized the need for simple utilitarian 2 wheel creations and has been serving up beautiful bikes since.

Just a taste of their creations…

The Porteur

The MetroLuxe

All Bilenky’s are custom made and specific to the individual rider. If I am so lucky one day I will upgrade to one of these beautiful machines. Images courtesy of Bilenky.

Autumn in the hills of Virginia
October 27, 2009, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Virginia’s foliage is peaking right, it was a good weekend with fire and friends.


fall 1

fall 3

fall 4

fall 6

*For Brother Joshua and Natalie who are in the land of forever summer.

The Goat Man Ches McCartney
October 23, 2009, 10:04 am
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“Charles “Ches” McCartney, the legendary “Goat Man”, was a wanderer, who spent decades traveling across the country while guiding a massive iron-wheeled wagon loaded with pots and pans, pails, bails of hay, car tags lead by a team of goats.” via The Goat Man

He has said to have traveled over 100,000 miles and to every state in the continental US. He carried with him a copy of Robinson Crusoe which served as inspiration for dressing him and his son in goat skins along with a Bible from which he preached. He traveled the country living off the land and got by through the contributions and kindness of strangers, and of course his goats.

A few weeks ago Cold Splinters mentioned Foxfire, the publication dedicated to preserving the rural culture of southern Appalachia, if you are interested in more on the Goat Man they are the publisher a book about him.

For more excellent images of Ches visit this site.

Know Your Flies
October 21, 2009, 8:02 pm
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Know what to fish and when.

Another image from The Treasury of Angling by Larry Koller. See the rest of the set here,

Jim Harrison
October 20, 2009, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Books, Wilderness Heroes

Poet/Writer, gourmand, and sportsman Jim Harrison is a “force of nature.” His writing is compared to Faulkner and Hemingway and his characters are a mixture of an agrarian past and contemporary life.  His most famous writing probably is Legends of the Fall because it later was adapted into film.

I mentioned Jim in a previous post about Russell Chatham, who’s paintings are on the covers of many of Jim’s books. The two both live near one another in Livingston Montana and frequently spend time together fly fishing.



The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn’t die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside
world but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there’s no chain.

Pick Your Own
October 19, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Listen

We picked our own atop a mountain this weekend, more then we will ever be able to eat.



Jonngold, Fuji, Stayman, Golden, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Braeburn we picked em all.


Please listen to Kurt Vile

The Outer Layers According to Leon L. Bean
October 16, 2009, 8:18 am
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It got wet and cold down here real quick yesterday. As I have posted before, here are some thoughts and examples from Leon L Bean and the Guide to the Outdoors on the subject of outer layers and winter jackets.

“The anorak shell comes from the Far North, where no one has adapted as well to a hostile environment as the Eskimo. (He also have us the kayak, probably to world’s most seaworthy small boat.)

“If you’re and upland hunter, stalking grouse, quail, pheasant or woodcock, you’ll want to dress as lightly as possible yet you’ll need protection against grasping bush and brambles.” (Talking about the Wool Mackinaw)

Wolf Trap
October 14, 2009, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Listen

A sonic spaceship emerging  from the tree-scape of Northern Virginia, Wolf Trap is the only National Park dedicated to the presentation of the performing arts. Amidst the Ken Burns documentary about the National Parks I can’t say I remember him mentioning this park, maybe he did.  I grew up seeing shows at this venue with my folks, everyone from Aretha Franklin to  Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

Recently I came across this photograph of folks entering the main gate at Wolf Trap performing the pre show ritual of claiming lawn seats. This picture, first published in an issue of National Geographic in the late seventies, captured the early years of the venue. It also captured my mother and father, highlighted below.

moms and dad

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Down By The River (Big Sur, CA 1969)