Sell it all; hit the road

A nice video from Dark Rye, an online magazine from Whole Foods.

Joss and Jessa Works, and their son Jack, decided to sell everything and hit the open road in an Airstream trailer, “launching into an exploration and rediscovery of America, not in search of a place to settle, but rather creating a new kind of home out of wandering.” Working and staying connected with friends and family remotely, the Works talk about the decision to upend their lives and one of their most important early lessons — slow down.

Tomorrow Somewhere New from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Ever consider this?

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Ocean currents meditation

Ever wonder what the world’s ocean currents look like? NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has crunched data from 2005 to 2007 and created a fantastic video representing the swirls, eddies and currents. You can clearly see the storms that cross the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn as well as the Gulf Stream. The patterns and whorls allow you see how mariners like Joshua SlocumRobin Lee Graham and others who have been able to make use of the currents to reach there goals — and how the doldrums can thwarted them…

Full article from Outside is here.

The two sides of rain in the desert

WoM (Wife of Mine) and I recently visited Utah for our honeymoon. During the trip we visited Arches, Canyonlands and Zion National Parks. (Suggestion: Headed out that way? Visit and stay at the campground at Dead Horse Point State Park. Great place.)

While we were there at the end of April/start of May, it was dry. Well, it has been raining there and I found some posts showing the two side of what that can mean:

The beautiful:


(Photo shared by Bill Church on‘s Facebook page. The image is in Zion.)

The terrifying: Video of flash flood near Zion

Have you ever seen/experienced a flash flood?

Preparing for Old Rag Mountain hike

Suggested to Wife of Mine (WoM) that we take a rare free day and drive over to Old Rag Mountain for a hike to the summit. (If you aren’t familiar with Old Rag, check out here, here and here.)

WoM has never climbed Old Rag, but has done quite a bit of hiking — including a NOLs trip to the Yukon of which I am extremely jealous. Heights and precipices, however, do not rank high on her list of favorite things. I really want to make sure she will enjoy the trip, so I sent her a number of links, especially ones with photos, to gauge how comfortable she is with the exposure. We also talked about what to expect during the hike.

The most important thing we discussed was the idea of turning around. Climbing to the top will be fun, but what will be more fun is if we both have a good time. Dragging your partner (wife/husband, significant other, friend, child, stranger you met at the outdoor shop) along when you know they are miserable, is a recipe for bad times. I think this is especially true when you are doing something that triggers fear in the other person. Turn around. Change the goal. Adjust.

Now, I am not saying to just bail at the first rock jutting out from the ground or the first raindrop. It is good to push your limits, and it is good to push your partner’s limits. But you don’t want to cross the line with them. Where is that line? Well, that is something you need to figure out over time and in the moment. As WoM and I continue to head into the outdoors together, it something we will continue to work at.