Items of Want 051

I have the Daring Book for Boys and think it's fantastic and while I haven't done anything with it other than gently peruse it, I wanted to have it on the bookshelf (for now) as an inspiration to get out and do things. And then obviously someday put the book to use with my kids. Now that we have a girl on the way, I thought it pertinent to get this one specifically. Though I’m sure I’ll be preparing fun stuff to do drawing from both books.

Photo by ourtribemarket

Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier

This kiddo is going to be seeing the world from the get go. My parents understood the importance of travel and I want to pass that along. Also, these babies don’t often come light so she’ll double as my coupon for good livin’ as we ruck all over this pale blue dot.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
- Mark Twain

BAD Bags #4 Backpack Duffel Hybrid 69L

I’m told that kids come with a lot of extras. I want to be prepared. At a 69 liter capacity, this oughta do the trick.

Danner Mountain 600

I’m not sure what color combo I like the best but I’m getting close to needing some new boots and I’m willing to give these a try. They seem like something I could easily wear around town as well as the mountains and I’m all about gear that has multiple uses.

Mk II Cruxible, Type A-11

While I love the design and could easily want this watch for myself, I really want to get this as something to pass down to my kid some day. Her birth year watch. See, I want her to have something durable and able to withstand whatever she throws at it and Mk II has more than proven themselves to me with the Paradive. Also, the 39mm size should be more accommodating for most women..

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My "True" Resume (a work in progress)

I already have my Walter Mitty resume but this is different. This is me, tooting my own horn, without the pomp and frills that consumes the common resume.

A résumé is a document used by a person to present their backgrounds and skills.
— Wikipedia
  • I’ve found that I’m well suited for carrying heavy things over long distances. Be they physical or emotional in nature.

  • When dining with another person, I’m excellent at match their pace so our meals are finished at the same time, seemingly naturally.

  • I pride myself on making one trip. Groceries, laundry, doesn't matter.

  • I've purposely never dabbed nor used a fidget spinner. Somehow I feel those two go together.

  • I'm really good at holding my bladder.

  • I’m great at using my windshield wipers at an appropriate speed. Never too fast, never too infrequent. And I’m quite proud of the intentionality behind my high beam usage at night.

  • While I enjoy helping those around me, I stick to my New England resolve when it comes to my own needs.

  • I always put my shopping cart back in the corral and can often be seen putting others’ back as well.

Please note that I’ll be updating this resume now and then. It just takes time to realize what’s a skill I have that others may not. If you’re interested in the updates, keep an eye on this page.

Dispatch 166

 
  • Father Daughter Backpacking To Remote Wilderness Lakes For Brook Trout » Firebox Stove

  • 60+ Family Tradition Ideas » The Art of Manliness

  • In 'Small Animals,' an Argument for Less Parenting » Outside

  • Bump on the Trail » She Explores

  • “Before I got married,” wrote Lord Rochester, “I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children—and no theories.” » Reverend James A. Magner

A Brisk Sunrise Hike

Temps in the 30’s don’t deter the pup and myself. We thrive on cool air.

With clear skies and no wind, this morning was the perfect time to load up the ruck with some bricks, water, camera lenses, and a cup of coffee (in hand actually). The goal was to hit the trails of Fair Hill, MD before the sun crested the treetops and boy did we succeed.

We stayed mostly on the gravel blue diamond route but there was still plenty to see. Next time, however, we’ll hit one of the longer trails for the full experience.

Enough rambling. Enjoy a few photos of the journey.

By the way, I’m thinking of getting away from Instagram and instead post photos to this blog. But I want to keep all of those particular photos together and I don’t know what to call it. For now, I have an album on my phone called “Not Instagram” but that’s not going to work. The best I can come up with at the moment is “Photo Blog.” But I’d probably have to number the posts. I guess that’s ok. Well, we’ll see.

Items of Want 050

I’m not usually a graphic tee kind of guy but this shirt is just plain cool. Great colors and a classic design make it a winner in my book.

I never heard of these guys before but as a company/family, they did a Wilderness Collective motorcycle trip not too long ago. I can’t seem to find the video from their trip at the moment but it really made me miss being on two wheels.

Worn & Wound Watch Winder

While I haven’t dug too deep into the arguments for or against watch winders, I still would like to have one of these to keep from having to set the date and time on one of my watches when I rotate its use. What I like about this winder is that you can set how long you want it to wind for. See, I’m not in favor of the ones that just rotate endlessly. You wouldn’t keep your car running all the time just so it’s ready to go, right?

Sierra Hotel Mach 0.2 Helicopter Decal

I’ve never ridden in a helicopter let alone flown one but this product’s description, an adaptation of those famous words spoken at the beginning of The Right Stuff, sold me. It also has a great design and just the right amount of subtle humor.

“There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their helicopters would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 0.2 on the meter, one hundred and forty-eight miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass...“

GORUCK MACV-1

These boots just started shipping so you’ll be hard pressed to find a thorough review but I’m still very much interested in a pair. I actually chose this photo because I don’t think any boot looks or feels good right out of the box, you have to break ‘em in and make ‘em your own. I’d like to see what these boots turn into after being put through the ringer a few times.

Saddleback Coffee Mug

After seeing how this mug is made, you’ll probably want one too.

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