Almost half a century ago I was in a new high school and held in my hand a mimeographed sheet inviting all and sundry to apply to be exchange students with the American Field Service. I thought about it all night long, then applied with an essay about how I really wanted to go to Japan and learn Japanese, as I was so taken with Japanese culture. To my surprise, I was selected as the school’s exchange student, and sent to Denmark.Continue Reading Cycling through the Danish Land of Enchantment
We think of “sustainability” as a new idea, a concept underlying our hoped-for environmental stewardship of the planet, but as Poor Richard first voiced a related concept at the beginning of our national existence, it really isn’t a new idea at all. I’m not going to use this opportunity to go tree-hugger on you (although it’s not a role foreign to me), but I do want to highlight how an unused asset of the City’s could be turned into a brilliant community treasure. Sadly, this is an asset the City was prepared to waste. Continue Reading Innovative Community Bike Center coming to San Diego in . . .
In my last post, I mentioned a couple of tips and things to think about when getting ready to cycle down the Pacific Coast Highway –Continue Reading The Pacific Coast for the Everyday Explorer: A Cyclist’s Packing Guide (Part II)
I love looking back this time of year – did I keep my New Year’s Resolutions? What new places did I go to? Did I get outside as much as I had promised myself?
And, one of the things that came up the other day while thinking about what the new year will bring, was my first post in 2016.Continue Reading A Quick Guide to the Pacific Coast for the Everyday Explorer (Part I)
You know what’s one great thing about San Diego? In just 60 minutes, you can be far enough into the desert to completely disconnect for a day, a weekend, or even a week. No cell phone service, no running water and certainly no convenience stores – not even marked roads.Continue Reading Why You Should Go Off Grid for a Weekend
A new year always welcomes the prospect of brand new adventures and a fresh start. Whether you want to get in shape, start a new hobby or just spend more time on yourself, the possibilities are endless and the future is promising.Continue Reading 5 Cycling Adventures to Take This Year
Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“? I only learned about it last week when I read an article on CityLab that discusses how the app encourages people to exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day and in doing so, collects very interesting data on how people move in different cities. The article presents maps taken from Human’s website for the cities of Amsterdam and Houston to illustrate how data collected through the app validate the reputation of the two cities: Amsterdam as a bike-loving city, and Houston as a place where people love their cars and don’t walk much. Continue Reading Tracking the Movement of Angelenos