Tag Archives: adventure

down to earth.

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a sidewalk homage to success 

as the first spaceX crew dragon spacecraft “Endeavour” with a human crew

returns american nasa astronauts and best friends, bob and doug, to earth 

 

“i don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.”

– john glenn,  american astronaut

 

 

 

photo credit: nasa.gov (Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley- astronauts)

secret forts.

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grandie j heads out

mohawk helmet on

backpack filled

with pokemon cards, water, hope

off on his bike to meet friends 

at their ‘secret fort’

in the neighborhood.

after he makes his grand exit

grandie b, left behind, shares –

“we all have the same secret fort, but no one knows it.”

 

“well i know the secret places. and the nests in hedge and tree;

at what doors are friendly faces, in what hearts are thoughts of me.”

-henry wadsworth longfellow

bread.

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one of my dreams this year

is to learn to make bread from scratch

I look forward to

the peace, the poetry, the adventure. 

the crust.

 

“peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.”

-pablo neruda

 

 

 

 

image credit: lamag.com

300 club.

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Membership to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world takes place around a short red and white striped pole in Antarctica. Only those who endure an atmospheric difference of 300 degrees Fahrenheit are granted entry.

To join the elite 300 Club, residents at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where on winter days the outside temperature dips below -100 degrees, must bare it all. It’s an odd tradition, one that comes with a high risk of frostbite in rather sensitive, traditionally clothed areas.

To join the exclusive group, the scientists must first spend time in the station’s 200-degree sauna. Once they’re fully cooked, they dash outside (at a brisk walk, because running is dangerous) wearing nothing but shoes and an optional neck gaiter to circle the ceremonial South Pole marker, which is hundreds of feet from the station. They then get back into the steamy sauna, which helps thaw their outsides while a bit of alcohol warms them up inside. Those who complete the challenge even earn a commemorative patch.

Though the thought of a naked scientist racing across the ice in dangerously cold temperatures to circle a pole may seem simply absurd, it’s actually a beloved ritual. The temperature only gets low enough a handful of days each year, giving the wacky tradition an almost ceremonial feel. Participants are usually cheered on by bystanders who use flashlights to guide them to the pole during the perpetual winter blackness.

The marker isn’t even the true location of the South Pole. Antarctica is blanketed by massive chunks of moving ice sheets that move about 30 feet each year. The ice’s inability to sit still makes pinpointing the world’s most southern spot with permanent precision impossible.

Finding and marking the accurate geographic South Pole is an annual (fully clothed) New Year’s Day tradition for those staying at the station. Every year since 1959, South Pole residents erect a new temporary marker at the spot and retire the old one into a display case inside the station. The ceremonial South Pole remains where it is, flanked by the flags, awaiting the next group of winter scientists hoping to join one of the world’s weirdest clubs.

“we take to the breeze, we go as we please.” 

― E.B. White

 

story credits: Atlas obscura, kerry wolf

photo credits:  martin wolf – national science foundation,

craig knott – national science foundation, alan light

rejoice.

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headed off on a family fun river raft float trip 

not real relaxing as expected

but lots of adventures/misadventures instead

so many laughs and we all survived

who could ask for anything more?

“rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.” 

-melissa marr, darkest mercy

 

 

argo park, huron river, Ann Arbor, michigan, u.s.a. – summer 2019

what will you do?

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just another typical moment spent in a dance-off with a gorilla

while wearing a mash-up of your baseball team hat and Cub Scout gear

as a flag flies and a Girl Scout looks on.

what will you do today?

 

“it’s fun to take two topics and mix them into one cartoon.”

-walt handelsman

get dressed.

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in the midst of the polar vortex

 a call goes out

 a friend offers to drive us all to the movies

 preston- holding down the fort at the theater

sells us popcorn, beverages, and tickets

menu offers a movie combo of cocktails and popcorn

 the movie was great

the company was great

 felt like we were skipping school

to just have a day of fun

we forgot about the polar vortex outside

we laughed and cried

 we’ll never tell who chose which beverage:

 coffee, tall soda, sippy-cup ‘o wine.

choose your own adventure.

everyone needs someone who will call them and say,

“get dressed, we’re going on an adventure.”

-word porn