I just renewed my membership to League of American Bicyclists. I just thought I would let yall know about it if you didn't already:
They are basically a special interest that lobbies in congress to ensure bicycling gets adequate support in our infrastructure. They also have programs for example that encourage kids to ride to work and education on how to ride in traffic and stuff. It's basically just a good organization. Individual membership is $40 but you can give more if you want.
It's more important now than ever before to support them because some of the fiscal conservatives that were elected into congress and the senate in 2008 are trying to gut spending including removing bicycling which they see as superfluous to our infrastructure. In my opinion it's the opposite. If we had more infrastructure that promoted cycling maybe that would prevent obesity and disease and we wouldn't need so much after the fact health care. Well I'm preaching to the choir I imagine, so just go join:
Several times now myself and Derrick have gone hiking in our Chaco sandals. Normally it's great. They support your feet well and help you hike in comfort even with extra weight on your back. However if you hike through water for more than a few miles, say 4-8 miles, you may encounter that your feet have been rubbed raw where the straps contact your skin. Take a look...
It rained a lot early Sunday morning. In Boone it rained 2.26 inches. We ran into some kayakers at the trailhead at the end of our hike that said it rained 3 inches at Grandather mountain. Check out some before and after photos of the two creek crossings we did on our hike.
Take a good look at the rocks in the middle of the creek here
Notice James is standing on the rocks you could see in the previous picture...
Derrick and I went hiking at Harper Creek in the Wilson Creek area wilderness this past weekend. We had a pretty awesome time until the end when the trail blazes we were following stopped before we got to our next trail. We got pretty lost and back tracked all over the place which ended up being good because we found an awesome view of the S. Harper Creek water fall (video below). In the end we ran out of water, had to tresspass on private property and ask a Christmas tree farmer and his wife for directions (they were kind and didn't get upset that we were on their land). Check out the pictures and video: