mac, outdoors

How the iPhone Saved us on a Mountain in the Winter

My friends and I went Hiking a few days ago. Hiking in very late November, in the White Mountains, overnight can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Luckily Casey, Will, and myself all know how to prepare and what to do in common winter hiking situations. The problem was that neither Casey, nor Will, nor I knew what to do with a dislocated shoulder, so when Will too a misstep and ended up dislocating his (in order to save himself from what could have been a much worse injury) we were a little worried.

See, we were on top of the mountain, it was getting dark and the temperature was dropping fast. It was about 15 degrees Fahrenheit at the moment and Will, unable to move much because of the pain and probably entering shock, needed some first aid and to get warm. Because of the dark, the ice, and Will’s inability to move his left arm we couldn’t head back down until morning, but leaving Will in agony over night when the temperature dropped to just below 5 degrees wasn’t an option either. Casey does a good job telling what happened, so if you’re still interested head over to his blog to see how three guys used an iPhone to get out of what could have been a very dangerous situation.

Spoiler: we all lived and the iPhone rocks.

outdoors, seattle

Running on Ice

Actually I wasn’t running on ice, but I just remembered that Billy Joel song. Ah my childhood music idols…

I did go running today though. My Dad was nice enough to UPS my shoes and since I got them today off I went. First let me just add that UPS, for those unfamiliar with the acronym, stands for Ultimate Package Suckyness. So, if you ever are looking to have an unreasonably bad experience sending or receiving a package, please select their “service.”

But the run.

I haven’t been running in a long time. During and after the run I felt terrible, but it was the good terrible and not the bad terrible, so that’s great. I ran to, but not through, Volunteer Park. I was too tired and in agony. I also had an upset stomach for which I blame the cheese I ate. My observations while running as follows:

  • I am out of shape
  • I shouldn’t eat cheese before running
  • There only concrete sidewalks, that is bad, especially considering how injury prone I am.
  • 14th Avenue during sunset has some mind blowing views
  • groin injury, which has kept me from running for a year now has finally healed.
  • I need to get running sox
  • Seriously, no more cheeese

So, I need to get back into shape, and not injury myself in the process. Seems like a tall order to me, but what the heck it’s worth a shot. What’s more important though is that I know where to get some great photos, and will do so soon, though probably not tomorrow as I have plans.

[tags]cheese is bad, concrete, exercise, impact surfaces, running, volunteer park[/tags]

eating out, environment, outdoors, random, seattle, travel

Yum & Yuck

rowingI ate down by the water the other day at a Mexican restaurant called Agua Verde Cafe. The food was delicious, not too pricey, and it was happy hour so my beer only cost $2.50. Okay, can I just say that $2.50 does not a happy hour make, that’s more like a pleasant hour. It wasn’t like I got some expensive beer, it was a Pacifico. Anyway, I had this taco composed of yams, onions, and cheese with some sort of tasty sauce. It was called a Taco Boniato and it was worth every penny. We ate on the deck which was nice, but would have been nicer if the weather was just a tiny bit better, because then they would have had the removable sides taken down, giving a full view of the beautiful lake we were eating beside. After that my friend and I went down to the docks just below so that I could see what water looked like in Seattle. It looks just fine. Below Agua Verde is a paddle club where you can rent kayaks, at $15 an hour it seems worth it to be able to explore what looks like a pretty amazing seascape.
waterwarning signs

I mean, look at how pretty the water looks on the surface, [cue “hard hitting” tv “journalist” overdub] and yet beneath this seemingly pristine facade lies a terrible reality. After these messages!!
[cue commercial] Buy the new iPod

I found this sign posted in quite a few places. But hey, at how often could it possible rain in Seattle? Even if sewage isn’t overflowing into the water while I’m there I’d like to avoid anywhere that sewage ever overflows into. Look at that swimming person on the sign, why can’t he see what a terrible mistake he’s made!  I realize that birds, fish, and little kids do all sorts of business in the water, but sewage seems like taking it up to the next level.

outdoors, seattle, travel

Snow Lake

snow lake stitched panorama

yes, more natureLast weekend my friend Monica and I went hiking to Snow Lake. It was about an hours drive to the trail head, from there it was a 3 mile hike to the lake. To say that the quick ascent was pretty would be like saying a the arctic is chilly. And while it was all up all the time it wasn’t punishing, but it was certainly not long rolling green pastures. And of course it is because of the near constant climb that there were nearly constant views.

oh, that is natureThe weather was perfect, in the mid 70’s with barely a cloud in the sky. The trail was very busy, but I can’t blame folks— a beautiful lake only 3 miles in, a relatively easy climb, how could anyone say no? To get to the lake you go straight up on side of the mountain (no idea what that mountain’s name is) and then back down the other side, though not to the elevation you start from.

Once we got to the lake we ate lunch and I swam. Note the name of the lake… it was a chilly swim (see previously analogy). The photo at the very top is a stitched panorama of the lake, it captures maybe 34.72% of how beautiful the lake area was. Afterward we picked a ton of the plentiful and delicious wild blueberries that were all around the lake.

HUGE blueberry pancake with fresh blueberriesI mention the blueberries, not just because they were great to eat, but also because we used them dinner. I made blueberry pancakes with what was described as a “sh-t ton of blueberries.” Not to toot my horn, but they were amazing pancakes… actually it isn’t tooting my horn because the pancakes were from a mix, I used Arrowhead Mills Multigrain Pancakes which is a favorite of mine since it uses corn mean, and I love anything that is like cornbread. I also ended up making a HUGE pancake (pictured), this fella was nearly the size of my head and I ate him like it every second of his existence was an insult to my family.

view from above snow lake snow lake trail stitched panorama

[tags]hiking, outdoors, blueberry pancakes, seattle, snow lake[/tags]