Here is a sampling of my favorite 2013 videos. You may find more in the above trip reports. Enjoy!
Hi, Rob here. A Solstice Saturnalia Salutation to you!
I found myself feeling sorry for any man who was not free to abandon whatever futility detained him and walk away into the desert morning with a pack on his back. Colin Fletcher, The Thousand-Mile Summer.
I am writing this note to say Happy Solstice and Happy New Year! I hope you are well and that you greatly enjoyed 2013. This is my traditional year-end report. Rather than bore you with lots of text here - I refer you to lots of boring text and mundane photos and videos via links.
I finally eased out from the last vestiges of work bondage in 2013, realizing I had done so when I sold my testing materials and failed to renew state licenses. However, I am still planning to donate the last of my therapeutic games to a public (certainly not a charter) school - yet seem to have some difficulty getting this done. Ahh, freedom. As noted by Fletcher, and also by Abbey.
A data sketch from 2013 includes:
Hiking - total miles = 1126.6 (ERM* = 1900.4)
of which Backpacking = 404.4 miles (ERM* = 701.8)
Bicycling - total miles = 1079.8 (all day tours in 2013)
*ERM - Energy Required Miles. A mile is added for every 500' elevation gain or loss. It's a very serviceable method of estimating energy required miles.
Thanks to co-adventurers who enhanced the fun in the above trips, including Kathleen, Dave R., Dave C., Zig S., Bill F., Ewa B., Bob G., Cheryl S., Chris F., Dennis F., Steve G., Joe R., Earle H., and Darrell A. Thanks one and all.
The adorable Kathleen and I are well, and we plan to continue to enjoy what is left of our public lands in 2014 :-)) We wish you the very best. Finally, please remember, wherever you go there you are. Let's all work for more peace and less repulsican.
Take good care, Rob
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimmy Hendrix.
The wilderness once offered men a plausible way of life, now it functions as a psychiatric refuge. Soon, there will be no wilderness. Soon there will be no place to go. Then the madness becomes universal. And the universe goes mad. Doc Sarvis in "The Monkey Wrench Gang"
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for the slickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blue ridge. May God's dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake and the screech owl amuse your reveries, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyes by day and the Great Bear watch over you at night. Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside