Old Timey & New Fangled


It had been a good long while since I had been camping.  We had talked about it for years.  Getting to the campground by bike was the plan.  Logistically we just couldn’t make it work.  Instead of putting it off for yet another year, we decided to just go camp.

I bought a new pack, and A got her first pack (part of the fun of camping is buying new gear-am I right?) and we set out.  It was a great experience, and we are both anxious to do it again.

As a boy that grew up in the city, spending time in nature has never been something that I craved.  I do believe that it something that we MUST do.  It’s led me to wonder how many things that used to be part of our day to day lives have been forgotten, or set aside in favor of our new technologically “improved” lives.

I hope to investigate and explore these topics.  Hopefully you find them interesting.




It’s not about the bike


I was always a chubby kid……adult too for that matter.  I’ve recently gone back to a (basically) grain free way of eating.  I’d done it once before with pretty remarkable results.  I’ve tempered my approach a bit this time ’round with the expectation that I will be able to make the change stick.  Permanently.

The point of this missive is not to push one “diet” or another.   The indisputable fact is that if you eat real food, positive things will happen.  I’ve been able to lose a pretty remarkable amount of weight with little or no exercise.

The point of this?   On a weekly basis I talk to folks that want to buy a bike to lose weight. While I will never be the one to begrudge someone a bike ride, it’s not going to do much for your waistline.

Ride a bike.  Please.  Do so often.  Do it for your health.  Do it for fun.  It’s one of the few things we did as children that is still acceptable to do as adults.

Wanna lose weight?  I can tell you from experience that it all starts with what’s going into the end of your feeding tube.

For me it all started with Mark Sisson and “The Primal Blueprint”.  If you’re interested.


The Nor Cal Margarita


One of the challenges of Paleo/Primal/Ancestral eating isn’t so much the eating…..it’s the DRINKING.  I loves me some Bulleit Rye, but grains are no bueno.  What do you do?

Well leave it to the powerful Robb Wolf to come up with a solution.  The “Nor Cal” is grain free and sugar-free.  Let’s get it on.

Robb’s recipe is pretty simple:

The juice of one lime

2 shots of your favorite tequila


Splash of seltzer (club soda).

I’ve taken the liberty to change the preparation ever so slightly.  Since no two limes are the same I’ve taken to squeezing 2 limes, and one lemon into a jar.  I’ve found that I like a little bit of lemon juice, and doling the juice out one shot at a time adds consistency drink to drink.

These things take a bit of getting used to, and they pack a whollup.  The absence of a sugar hangover makes them well worth it.

Here’s Robb’s orginal prep if you’re interested.