152 days in 7:00

 

Some outdoor videos are just better than others. I couldn’t care less about your P.O.V. GoPro of a run down an uneventful intermediate track at a local lift-ride-and-repeat. And even the helicopter/drone/whatever we’re calling them shots are getting irksome. Except this one.

Of course, I’m a hypocrite. Because I have plenty of Facebook images of me climbing and hanging out on the slopes. Whatever. I’m not proud.

Anyway, I’m happy to have found this video of the Pacific Crest Trail (a hike that on average takes 152 days) broken down by each of the 2,650-mile hike’s geographic regions. The music isn’t great but something kept me watching. Maybe it was because I had a shitty morning. In which case, probably any video of the outdoors would have been a welcome respite from my workday woes.

Even the one of you skidding down a blue.

You’re awake. You’re awesome. Live like it.

There’s a good reason Kid President has gone viral. His message is not necessarily unique, but his delivery is inarguably authentic, and that’s why we spend five minutes smiling at our screen.

This time out, the tiny Tony Robbins reminds us about how much we have available to us in this world, like the Grand Canyon, high-fives and corn dogs.

Can’t forget corn dogs.

Ethioskate aims to turn an urban corner of Ethiopia into the next Dogtown

Ethioskate from Aaron Hutchinson on Vimeo.

How can you not love this? A program called Ethioskate in a tough urban stretch of Ethiopia is getting the region’s kids on skateboards as a way to distract them from the pull of the collective societal ills draining their neighborhoods. Pretty much exactly how most of our best skaters came to be. They even built a “skate park” with a couple of small quarters at each end of a strip of pavement. Hey, use what you can.