So Sweaty
March 31, 2010, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Friends

Geoffrey Holstad is the man behind the curtain of the tumblr blog So Sweaty, which had become one of WildWood’s favorite as of late.  I dug a little deeper and found out that Geoffrey also has his own site which displays some of his own graphic and art work. We are big fans and recommend you investigate both sites further.

Some sweet handkerchiefs he designed, anymore of these left?

Family Camping
March 30, 2010, 6:11 pm
Filed under: The Great Outdoors | Tags: ,

With this weather warming up I have been thinking about camping a lot lately. I always make grand camping plans this time of year, most of which never happen, but it doesn’t stop me from thinking about it. Came across a large collection of old Popular Mechanics magazines recently, this one had plans for building your own camping trailer. Thinking about building it!

I love how these old Popular Mechanics published these detailed plans and sections of the projects. I wonder if anyone actually followed them and built the project?

The Lowest Place on Earth
March 25, 2010, 5:54 pm
Filed under: The Great Outdoors | Tags: , ,

I wanted to reflect on a second part of our trip to Israel we took two weeks ago,  an excursion down to the lowest spot on earth.  One evening we escaped Jerusalem, traveled through the West Bank and headed south.  As we were driving I noticed painted lines on the rocks around the highway, each labeled with the phrase “Sea level.” As our car gradually descended we were slowly moving further below the sea.

The main mission of the trip was to go swimming. First in the mountain springs of the moon-like landscape which makes up the Negev desert in a place called Ein Gedi and then in the Dead Sea.

For those of you who haven’t swam in this ancient ocean, it is basically like floating in salty vegetable oil. People come here to swim in the water because they believe they believe it has therapeutic qualities. All I know is that if you stay in the water long enough your orifices begin to tingle and then sting like a razor. I am not sure if it was the actual salt water or the cathartic pain that came from swimming in it, but after the pain subsided I felt damn good

The pleasantness of a mountain spring dip, followed by and contrasted with the bizarre nature of swimming in a body of water in which you cannot sink.  It was a good day.

Vernal Equinox
March 22, 2010, 7:48 pm
Filed under: The Great Outdoors | Tags: , ,

This weekend we burnt off the last of this long winter by lighting several bonfires for our vitality and balance.

RIP Davy Crockett – Fess Parker
March 20, 2010, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Folk | Tags: ,

Fess Parker, the man who portrayed the folk hero and “king of the wild frontier” Davy Crockett on TV, passed away a few days ago. Ever since I heard the news I can’t get that damn theme song out of my head, I suggest giving it a listen, it will bring you back.

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree,
Killed him a bear when he was only three.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier…

Holy Land
March 18, 2010, 7:10 pm
Filed under: Travel | Tags: ,

Despite whatever your political opinions are about the place and whatever religious affiliation you associate with, Israel is an undeniably unique and holy place. The epicenter of its holiness is located within the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, a city which is a religious pilgrimage for all the Abrahamic faiths and constantly buzzing with the energy and activity of people in religious rapture.

Its not all religion in Jerusalem, the old city contains an amazing labyrinth like market known as the “souq” (pronounced shook) in Arabic. Here you can find pretty much anything you want from spices to kitchen items and clothes. Part of this shopping experience is being able to brush off  pushy and the multi-lingual shop keepers found here. You also have to be prepared to bargain with them, the prices they offer tourist are way more then what the products are worth.

This is just the start of some of the photos I took there with our new Canon G11, can’t say enough good things about this camera. More to come, also some more found here.

A Brief Hiatus
March 5, 2010, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Well folks, WildWood is going to be gone on a brief excursion to Jerusalem for the next week or so. Perhaps there will be a dispatch and report from there, perhaps not. See you all soon.

Aldo Leopold Weekend
March 4, 2010, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Wilderness Heroes | Tags: ,

“Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.” Via

Aldo Leopold was responsible for championing concept of “land ethic,” a term which is best described by him as, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” The man was also a huge outdoor enthusiast as see below in this photo of him with a few nice trout.

Leopold’s “shack,” as he called it, was a chicken coop he converted into a small house for him and his family to spend time in. The shack is on a farm in Baraboo, Wisconsin where he authored several books on conservation including the Sand County Almanac. By the way this weekend coming up, as with every first weekend in March each year, is Aldo Leopold weekend across Wisconsin.

Get Behind the Mule
March 3, 2010, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ,

Get behind it…

If you like that check this version.

Handmade Bicycles
March 1, 2010, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Bicycles | Tags: , ,

This past weekend A Mystery in Common front man Tristan and I went to the North American Hand-Made Bicycle show in Richmond VA. The event which is in its sixth year was to our luck in the land of Virginia, the home of  WildWood, this time around. The bikes at this show were truly amazing pieces of art and as a whole the event was an overwhelming eyeful of bike porn.

Bilenky, A.N.T, Velo Orange, Don Walker…anyone who is anyone in handmade bikes in the US was there. I have never seen and wanted so many bikes before. Unfortunately due to the place being pack with to the brim with folks and a poor lens choice for the event, I walked away with some bad pics, but here are some of the better ones.

Last photo in this set is a picture of Bilenky himself sitting behind one of his beautiful creations. A few more pics here, and better pictures found here.