Video: Arches and Canyonlands national parks timelapse

Coming home from a quick vacation in the South to visit family, we are living again with snow.

About 6 inches fell overnight. We are done. Done with winter. Done with snow.

Ready for spring, to plant the garden and to spend time outside — in warm weather.

Until then, this video from Roadtrippers will have to do. Enjoy.

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Video: ‘Spirit Canoe’

A great video from Symbols of the West, “Spirit Canoe” is a “mystic journey of a man who is in search of himself and navigating through a passage with the memories of his once self and a special figure who lingers in his soul. He is setting out on a quest, armed with his old map and small canoe, to venture the river in hopes that a new path will reveal a novel future, unfamiliar and restoring. This is a story of the spiritual compass that no one can ever expect to understand; it’s powers, it’s unknown.”

The scenery is wonderful, with beautiful mountains and streams. Give it a watch.

Video: A week in the desert

Follow along as the gang from Mammoth Media go on a week-long trip through the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon once, and Wife of Mine and I visited Arches, Zion, Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands just after we got hitched. It is a beautiful part of the country and this video captures it well — and it looks like they had a ton of fun, too.

(Mammoth Media on Vimeo)

To read: ‘On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads’

Winner of the grand prize at 2013 Banff International Book and Film festival, Tim Cope‘s “On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads” recounts his 6,000-mile, three-year journey by horse from Mongolia to Hungary.

Here is a book trailer from Cope’s YouTube page:

Outside Magazine has a nice collection of images from Cope’s journey as well. You can see them here.

(Cope also travelled 5,000 kilometers along the Yenisey River through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean with Colin Angus in 2001.)

10 things to do on Black Friday instead of shopping

10. Make cookies for friends and family.

9. Change the diaper. Feed. Burp. Tummy time. Nap. Repeat.

8. Read a book about suffering and happiness in the cold, at altitude.

7. Write a poem: Roses are red / Violets are blue / What ever shall we do? / Let’s try the zoo!

6. Go to the zoo.

5. Take down the Halloween decorations.

4. Plan your next trip.

3. Pull out your gear box and randomly weigh items.

2. Watch Patagonia’s Worn Wear video. Then attend a screening party at a Patagonia shop. Learn how to fix your gear instead of buying new stuff.

1. Get outside in the sun, snow, rain, fog, mountains, canyons, sands, plains.