Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chaco Love

I would like to take a moment to tell you about my most prized possession: my Chacos. Chaco is most famously known for it's unique sandals, although they have expanded to boots, sneakers, and even fashion shoes. Wearers of Chacos tend to have an unwavering loyalty to the brand, often having the same pair repaired year after year rather than throwing them away. The official Chaco website at Chacos.com holds an annual tan-line contest in which contestants may enter any of eight different categories, including "Wackiest Pose" and "Dirtiest Feet." A fresh pair of sandals straight from the website can run you $75-95 with free shipping, however if you work in the outdoor industry, you can apply to receive a pro-rated price. Chacos also appear at great prices on eBay, Craigslist, and Geartrade.com.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The "No Dreadlock" Policy (Installment One!)

Just in case I have readers who have not yet met me in person, I will tell you that I have brilliant blonde, mid-length dreadlocks. They are clean and fluffy, and make for great conversation starters. People that love them say so, and those who don't, say nothing. My dreadlocks have helped me break out of my social shell and become a face that stands out. This has been my "journey." But since my recent pilgrimage to Vail, Colorado, I have had a terrible time finding a job with the resort. I keep having a "no dreadlock policy" shoved in my face. I have asked HR and management what's wrong with dreadlocks, but can't extract anything more than the obscure replies such as "hygiene issues" and "a low-class look."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Life Keeps On Rollin!

Okay... It's been a little while since I last updated this blog. I get so caught up in walking and running and jumping, I forget about sitting and relaxing to write. It's a tragedy that so many potential ideas waste away to poor memory and wrong channels of motivation. Yet here I sit, giving this thing another shot.

The posts you read from here on out might have a slightly different feel. I realize that while I am passionate about all my previous topics, I tried too hard to keep my writing professional and objective. This isn't a high school essay contest. If I want to have fun with this, I need to let my own personal voice and experiences reign.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Making the Most of the Muddy Months

I glance at my lonely snowboard in a dusty corner of my room, and yearn for some late spring pow. Although not ready to admit it, I know I'll be lucky if I have even a few more days of boarding left. That's right... even I'm catching the mud season blues. But as the snow melts the rivers rise, and I remember how spectacular spring is for whitewater. Kayakers, canoers, stand-up paddleboarders, rafters, and river-surfers, OUR TIME HAS COME! Hang up the snow boots and unpack the river booties, because this spring is going to be a good one.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Scavenging for Steals

I believe that it's important to support local gear shops and outfitters, but we all know how expensive it can be to load up on quality outdoor gear. Sometimes the best option is to buy secondhand. Here are a few options for locating used or heavily-discounted gear.