Acid Sweat Lodge
April 28, 2010, 9:05 am
Filed under: Friends, The Great Outdoors

The Acid Sweat Lodge is a collection of psychedelic images and research into specific reoccurring themes identified by the authors. The blog from what it seems is also a compliment to an ongoing art collective/group based in British Columbia. Seems like a lot of things we like come out of British Columbia.  We tried to pick some  favorite images and themes from the blog but there are just to many, check it out yourself.

Shelter Research

Isolation Therapy

Rituals : Fire

Shad Planking
April 22, 2010, 5:17 pm
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This time of the year on many rivers shad begin making their seasonal runs upstream to begin spawning. Here in VA there is a major shad run on the James River and all types of folks come out to catch some shad.

These fish apparently they make good eats too because ever year on the third Wednesday in April, in conjunction with the shad run,  comes the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield put on by the Ruritan club there which .

While I have never attended this event, it was this past Wednesday, I hear about it every year and wish to go sometime. The event marks not only the annual shad run but also the unofficial beginning of fishing season. What began as a bunch of guys getting together and roasting shad nailed to wood has also become an important local political event. Hope to get there next year and eat some oily bony shad.

Woody Project
April 21, 2010, 6:07 pm
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We here at the WildWood pretty much love anything the Akron Family does or makes. Not long ago they began a project  called The Woody Project. The premise is simple, record yourself singing a version of their song “Woody Guthrie’s America,” and contribute it to the site.

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that.”

-Woody Guthrie

The spirit of the project is best described by Akron Family themselves, if you want more check it out here.

April 19, 2010, 10:54 am
Filed under: Gear | Tags: , , ,

Well the past couple of weekends have been the official start of the yard sale season around these parts. The wife and I have been hitting them pretty hard on a weekly basis. So far I have found some great treasures this year, here a few of my finds.

Vintage Coleman cooler with bottle opener on handle… will look better filled with beers.

An old Stanley thermos.

And a vintage L.L. Bean canvas duffle. The woman who I bought this from told me her and her husband would use this duffle on car trips with their family. Whatever they forgot to pack before heading out they would throw into this bag and then toss in the back of the car. I will use it just the same.

E.O. Wilson
April 16, 2010, 7:43 pm
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Tuesday I had the fortune of getting to hear and see E.O. Wilson lecture. His lecture was in honor of his receiving of the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. One might think this is strange that he would receive an award in architecture but his work and writing has had a broad influence on sustainable design thinking and architecture. The lecture was mainly around his writings and ideas about consilience, and while I couldn’t comprehend what he was saying at times I left immensely inspired.

Wilson. who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, “is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. He is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist and deist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.” via.

If you are unfamiliar with E.O. Wilson and his work, or need further convincing check out his TED talk on saving life on Earth.

Handbook to Wilderness
April 13, 2010, 1:34 pm
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I recently came into a bunch of vintage outdoors/hiking books in the past week. First it was the library’s annual book sale and then an estate sale this past weekend. Just the covers for now, will get into the content a bit later on.

A few old but still useful ones about the local wilderness .

Spring Fishing
April 12, 2010, 7:38 pm
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I was finally able to get out and do a bit of fishing this weekend up in Madison County on the Rapidan River. There were a lot of folks on the stream, by a lot I mean three others. However usually when I am out there I don’t see anyone else.

When I first arrived at one of the plunge pools there was a gent already fishing the stream, we spoke in a silent and universal angler sign language. He pointed one direction indicating he would be fishing downstream so I headed up. I started out casting a  blue winged olive and with good luck got several strikes before landing a small brookie.

So I had a bunch of good luck early on, caught about 4 trout, but as the temperature rose the brook trout seemed less and less interested in dry flies and since I was feeling too lazy to tie on a nymph and indicator I just stuck with the dry flies. And that is why I have no photo evidence of any of the beautiful spring brookies, maybe next time.

A Ride
April 8, 2010, 6:04 pm
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Left work early and took the old rig out for a ride today…saw two white tail deer.

April 7, 2010, 7:29 pm
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Been working my way through John McPhee’s “Coming into the Country”, more on that book later, and came across a mention of a writer named “Nessmuk”. Not knowing what he was talking about I learned that Nessmuk was the pen name for George Sears, a nineteenth century writer who wrote for Forest and Stream magazine in the 1880’s. He also published a classic camping book called “Woodcraft” first published in 1884.

McPhee describes Woodcraft as being, “written with so much wisdom wit, and insight that it makes Henry David Thoreu seem alien, humorless, and French.”

Seeing that Cold Splinters seems to always have answers about obscure outdoors ephemera, I search Mr. Thorpe’s site a bit and came across this description of Nessmuk and “Woodcraft.”

Trees Can Grow Into Money
April 1, 2010, 8:11 pm
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In case you didn’t know…