Dry Stone Jazz

“When I’m doing stonework, I often feel like we’re in the midst of playing changes[“soloing over…harmonic changes in [a] particular tune”], because every stone you place needs some consideration. But you can’t dwell on it all day long.” Jamie Masefield Jamie’s business site Jamie’s Music Jazz Mandolin Project Masefield Perkins…

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Are we born to run?

An old video, but some interesting ideas and thoughts on the Tarahumara or Rarámuri culture, which has apparently changed in part because of tourism due to Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run. diet: ajcn nutrition |  runner’s world “Overtraining syndrome” — “…a generation of top ultrarunners are suddenly breaking down…

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Doris Duke Loop Opening

http://blog-tw.nynjtc.org/doris-duke-loop-ribbon-cutting-hike/ another Doris Duke trail article To clarify, I designed 2/3rds of it. The first year Ama Koenigshof and John Mack laid out 1/3, and pushed the other 1/3rd to lay approximately where it is, and I worked out the details of exactly where and how. To be fair, Jeff…

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A Trail Designer’s Job

There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal on yours truly. While the title, “A Trail Designer’s Job: Get Inside Hikers’ Minds” is apt, I do more than design and layout trails. (The print title was “Blazing a trail is all in a day’s work.”) Nonetheless, other than…

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Restoring Acadia’s Trails

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/travel/restoring-acadias-trails.html?_r=0 “For decades, a small cult of hikers mapped and walked the lost trails of Acadia[, Maine], scouring the softwood for clearings, a cairn or granite steps covered in moss. Nature takes quickly, and many were completely lost. But grant money rebuilds even faster, and in 1998, a local organization…

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Moss-Waiting In The Lobby For…

story link: guess who’s been waiting in the lobby for a hundred million years “Moss is inconceivably strong. Moss eats stone; scarcely anything, in return, eats moss. Moss dines upon boulders, slowly but devastatingly, in a meal that lasts for centuries. Given enough time, a colony of moss can turn…

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Avoid Gore-Tex

Nature recycles, Gore-Tex will not. Detox-Outdoors! outdoor-clothing-ethical-living greener-rain-gear detox-outdoor.org What also bugs me, beyond the eco-fail, is it seems Gore-Tex likes monopolies, not “freed” markets. Nice to see that their reign is in decline as Gore Tex is being phased out, and enviros and new products are helping its demise.…

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