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How to Stay Warm in Winter: Be Active, It's All Relative
February 12, 2016 - It's a commonism: winter is cold. People don't like to be cold. So they don't like winter. Case closed. But wait a minute. Isn't every temperature colder than something and also hotter than something? What makes a temp "cold" for someone? Why miss out on entire parts of reality for such reasons? It's a fact that beauty ...  > Read Article

A Story about "Cold" -- Learning to Love Winter
January 20, 2016 - The Lansing newspaper has started a storytelling series hosted at a different pub each month. Last night the theme was "Cold," but tellers had to practice for a month ahead of time and I missed out. But it got me to thinking that I might like to dare tell a story sometime. Here is the one I was thinking might've been fun to tell....  > Read Article

Team OYB's Hollywood & Radio Adventures
May 25, 2015 - Here's a little update about the cultural adventures we've had around here lately. It's been a bit of a whirlwind. On a wide range of fronts. Where to start? A couple years ago a food reporter heard about my roadkill tendencies at a Chicago cocktail party. He wanted to write a story about roadkill and the OYB way of life. He...  > Read Article

Free Camping! --Dispersed Camping in Michigan
September 23, 2013 - Hopefully most other states have Dispersed Camping as well. I'm pretty sure that it's legal on all Federal Forest land. If you're tired of paying RV-like rates to pitch your tent just head to state or federal lands that are more than a mile away from an established campground and camp as you please for free for up to two we...  > Read Article

OYB Outdoor Center for Backyard Olympics...
June 27, 2013 - I tell you what! I've been thinking that Michigan, especially SE MI, needs a full featured Outdoor Center. Like Nantahala and other famous such places. I see they say that the Mill Lake CCCC Center in Waterloo will take $400k to restore and get back in action. They're trying to line up funding. Why not just convert OYB int...  > Read Article

New Map of Stinchfield!
January 28, 2013 - The caretaker of Stinchfield has made a great new map! Still no topography, but it's a nice map. The 5 new big hills Rad and I found are south of the Old Car. In case you don't know, Stinch is U of M property on the biggest hill in SSE MI. It has the biggest hills in the region in general. A good 15 miles of trails in an ar...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Packrafting: Finally!
July 15, 2012 - Whenever I've gone on a bike tour I always end up fantasizing about boating. In particular I dream about combining biking and boating. Say if the day is windy, if I'm riding downwind along a coast I think that I could be just sailing along. ...What if I had my 25-lb kevlar C1 canoe and used it as a trailer to pull behind a 25-lb fol...  > Read Article

Mud Runs -- New Craze Featured in Silent Sports
June 28, 2012 - The new Silent Sports issue has a cover story about the phenom of "Muddy Buddies." I'm thinkin' the concept has an OYB-ish vibe: a diverse, challenging event designed for fun not "results." Apparently finishing times aren't even kept in some. It shows desire to do more than mono-action -- where the usual is to show up, ride (or what...  > Read Article | Go to Website

A Visit to Watery Waterloo...
June 13, 2012 - Spring goes so fast and/or I get so swamped that it's easy for me to miss visiting Waterloo each spring. I always like to go spend a day around there just rumpushing around. It's such a rich, lush, diverse place. --It's a park that really helps me stay sane around here! (Ingham County is the driest in the state, so I get pretty parc...  > Read Article

Team OYB: Ohio Roadtrip Report!
May 03, 2012 - We went to OHIO this year for Spring Break. Michiganders don't usually do such a thing, so we thought it was high time we did. We wanted a roadtrip but not too big of one. We wanted to go where it was warmer and greener. We figured a day's drive south might do the trick. Online it said southern Ohio flowers are out in the 2nd week of...  > Read Article

"Silent Sports" magazine: an Up North "must-read"
April 11, 2012 - "Silent Sports" is the best local-style outdoor sports magazine out there. Well, maybe the ONLY one, too. Their website is stepping up its game, with lots of content nowadays, but their paper issue is far more flavorful. $20/year. I highly recommend a subscription, but I'd even suggest pestering them -- and adding some extra cas...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Team OYB: Ohio Roadtrip Early Report
April 10, 2012 - Hey, we're back. We drove 1000 miles around Ohio for our Spring Break, tenting at barely-opened parks along the way. I'll post a report soon. Right now I have to catch up on shipping and do our taxes. (Whew!) But here's a brief comment: I have to say that the hinterlands of America are scary. They're basically like our rural...  > Read Article

Team OYB: Spring Break Roadtrip to S. Ohio!
March 29, 2012 - Our family is driving south and camping and visiting museums (like the Bicycle Museum of America!) and tourist attractions and Serpent Mound in Chilicothe and going on lush, warm, flowery hikes we hope. Caves are in the plans, too... Hopefully including a quiet wild one... We plan on checking out the Arc of the Appalachia. It's...  > Read Article

QWS Time! -- Quiet Water Symposium this Saturday!
March 01, 2012 - [BUMP FROM EXACTLY A YEAR AGO.] Whups, I'm late in putting up a notice for the QWS. (Except I did mention it on my Facebook page, yo.) It's this Saturday, 3/3 [not 3/5 this time] -- a full day of fun indoors, if you can stand it. ...If it's sunny outside and there's still snow on the ground I will have a HARD time staying insid...  > Read Article

Get Cold to Stay Warm
January 20, 2012 - How to stay warm this time of year? It can be tough. But there seems to be a knack to it. The main feature of the knack, as far as I've learned it, is that the first 15 minutes can be real cold and painful ... and that's OK. The key being: don't give up! Don't think "I'm not cut out for this," or that you're dressed wrong. If...  > Read Article

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