Headin to the Back Country
December 30, 2009, 11:23 am
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Heading out into the mountains for the turning of the year. Have a happy New Years.

Gary Snyder

A Feral Biologist

The naturalist and zoologist George Schaller is considered by some to be the worlds most important field biologist . He is responsible for a significant body of research on wildlife found in the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America. I have mentioned George before on this blog when describing the journey him and Peter Matthiessen took in the Himalayan mountains and chronicled in the book The Snow Leapord.

Via Life

“Over the course of his career, field biologist George Schaller has developed a unique strategy for protecting the world’s great wilderness areas: Focus on an ecosystem’s most captivating species—the “charismatic megafauna”—and let the animal garner support for the protection of the landscape at large.” via National  Geographic

“It shows you it’s well worth looking around in this world, still, to see what’s out there.” – George Schaller

Breakin Up Christmas Party
December 25, 2009, 9:54 am
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“The tradition of “Breaking Up Christmas” is a week-long series of gatherings, where people get together in each other’s homes and jam until the wee hours of the morning. Many generations participate, and it’s a really wonderful way for the community to come together and wind down the holiday season.” Via Folk Life Field Notes

A Decade of Jeep
December 22, 2009, 4:47 pm
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I recently came across advertisements for Jeeps in two separate magazines, one from 1968 the other from 1979. It is interesting to see how the iconic Jeep changed both in design and in its advertising in that decade. Personally I prefer the 1968 Jeeps. More vintage trucks here.

Winter Solstice
December 21, 2009, 9:03 pm
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Its the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year, and my one year wedding anniversary. Make sure you burn a large fire.

Last Minute Gifts
December 21, 2009, 5:05 pm
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In case you still don’t know what to get for that special someone this holiday season, here are some last minute gift ideas from Playboy, circa January 1979.

You know you want a Simon.

Snowed In
December 20, 2009, 6:16 pm
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Well it seems like I got to use my canoe again earlier then I thought I would. This time it did end like this.