At what cost?

Bandit mountain bike trails and Leave No Trace

Hey, you on the bike!

So I’m conflicted. Chances are though, I’m making too much of it. But maybe you can help me with that.

I took the bike out today to explore a new bandit trail that has been built near one of our region’s most popular mountain bike parks. I quickly learned that the trail is really only new to me because after less than a mile in, it became obvious how long its been established and consistently maintained.

Like its well-known and still technically illegal counterpart directly across the main access fire road into a local state park, the trail in question is carved into land owned by the airport authority. The signs are as evident as the once taught steel cable barriers that line the woods that contain it.

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Fitness for $10 and some tap water

My friend Matt and I are constantly looking for new ways to torture ourselves through exercise. Whether it be a series of box jumps on a plyo box high enough to garner the nickname “the ERV” (Emergency Room Visit) to culminating an already vomit-inducing circuit with something we call “a ridiculous number of … (insert exercise),” the more physically absurd, the more we think it needs more reps.

Where some people believe a spotter should be used, we believe in inserting a videographer for the purpose of capturing the hilarity of one of us falling/dropping a weight on a body part/crashing into the kettle bell rack/collapsing in a mess of completely deteriorated fine motor skills. Whatever the malady, it’s always funnier on tape.

This week Matt unveiled the newest garage-built fitness contraption to our arsenal: the slosh pipe.

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Whereabouts of Michael Richards discovered?

The Marine Biologist

The Marine Biologist and his discovery.

Among things like sweat pants, diapers and plastic bags, a golf ball was found in the stomach of a dead gray whale that beached off the coast of Seattle the other day. The brand of the ball, however, was not confirmed. Should it be found to be a Titleist, well then, we’ll have a place to start the investigation.

/sarcasm.

The items were not the cause of the whale’s death and it is suspected that whales consume a great deal of our trash while cruising coastal waters. It still doesn’t excuse our nation’s collective lack of concern about the conditions of our oceans. A representative with Cascadia Research Collective said that the whale had more debris than has been seen before.

What a way to kick-off Earth Week.