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Our first Daily Feed of the New Year and already I’m running behind. When vacation time hits I fall into a mode where all I do is eat, exercise, watch movies, eat some more and generally lay around with little not no thoughts of doing actual work. Regardless, it was a great break with a good amount of travel: Milwaukee, Vail, Aspen, Denver and three great days of snowboarding. Good times.
I was hoping to throw up a bunch of good stuff today, but like me, the web is running slow and there just isn’t a lot to guide you towards. So instead, we are going to wish you a happy New Year and get back to you tomorrow.
I’m heading out to Milwaukee on Friday for another Christmas in one of the coldest places in the country. Packing the thermal spandex, gloves and hat to survive a couple of runs in which my snot turns solid before it hits the ground. I’m stoked. Think warm thoughts for me. The Feed:
Goose is one fowl that I have never eaten, but this guide to cooking Goose makes it look more appetizing than I thought. Not sure I’m ready to make it part of my diet, but it’s on the radar. Where does one actually get a Goose?
A great article on the food cart scene in Portland, from a business perspective; the various costs associated with the carts, reactions by restaurant owners and so on. Good read before lunch.
The ever growing Google is reportedly in negotiations to purchase Yelp, the online review site. I use Yelp all of the time so perhaps a Google backed venture can only do bigger and better things. My question is this; will Google start dumping ads onto my gmail account based on my Yelp searches? I’m going to get annoyed if my search for “massage” turns into ads for Viagra and strip clubs.
Outside’s latest issue features a list of “Adventure Altruism All-Stars” that have combined their passion for the outdoors with some truly great programs to help various environmental causes and people in need. Each one has a pretty cool story so check them out, get inspired, and then click back over to the soft core porn site your company doesn’t block yet.
A look at how to avoid injuries on the ski slopes. Bottom line; the better equipment you have and the more control you exert over it = less injuries.
Last week I posted a Vail iPhone app that provides GPS mapping and various other features to make your stay on the mountain more navigable. Thanks to a reader for pointing me toward the Accuterra app for Aspen, which can be found here (the link asks you to open iTunes).
Kind of an interesting look at Vegas hotel room demand as compared to actual room inventory along with growth in Strip revenue. Vegas baby!!
And finally, a great video of Colorado’s Crystal Gorge, taken by some kayakers experimenting with camera techniques for the upcoming kayak film WildWater. Pretty cool, but turn the sound down, the commentary is pretty bad. Have a great Tuesday everyone!
The Daily Feed for today is canceled due to great snow conditions on Vail mountain. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Catch you tomorrow!
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If you’ve read anything in our “About TWW” section you may have noticed that we are in the process of having a new and improved website designed by the fantastic artist over at RypeArts. We hope to be up and running soon, with a website that will support picture gallerys, more easily navigable content, and a better way for us to interact with our readers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. We have also launched a Facebook page which you can now join by clicking on the link below. It’s a good way to follow what’s going on with TWW, connect with other outdoor all-stars and get tapped into all of the great people, places, beer and food that the West has to offer.
I come across this video earlier today that shows flight patterns for the United States. It sounds boring, but it’s not; the simulation is really cool and and fun to look at. For a few minutes. While I was initially awed by the sheer number of flights in a day in the United States, it dawned on me pretty quickly how much CO2 the average plane trip produces and the novelty of the video dissolved away to a feeling of nausea. It’s a tough balance deciding between what is environmentally sound for this world and indulging in my love of travel, but watching this thing makes me want to walk or bike everywhere. Dammit.
Last night we had a swimming lesson in slow preparation for next summer’s 5430 Sprint Triathlon in Boulder, CO. I haven’t been in the pool since this summer so it was a bit of a jolt to be back in the water again. We had a wonderful instructor that provided some good drills and a quick workout. Apart from feeling like my brain was dying from lack of oxygen I felt okay, until our instructor noticed I was having a hard time popping up to breathe. Her assessment? Apparently I swim much lower in the water than normal; I am, in effect, too dense to swim properly. My Clydesdaleness is going to fight with me on this one. Awesome. The Feed: Continue reading