Saturday, September 20, 2008

stick it to the man!

Walking through a forest often presents ample opportunity to find a companion in the form of a dead branch, otherwise known as a walking stick, or a staff.

A good walking stick is strong and straight, comfortable to hold, and takes some weight off the legs, helps with up and down hills, provides a balancing point when crossing streams, and can even be used as a weapon I suppose, if something came up...

I have several, usually of the length shown (short ones can end up stabbing you in sensitive areas if, for example, it gets stuck in a rut on the trail)

When I have lost a favourite walking stick, I have felt the loss as though it were a good friend, having travelled many kilometers of trails together.
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Monday, September 8, 2008

carrying places

This Cargo Cart is a versatile little puppy: you can attach it to the seatpost of your bicycle with a clip on the handle, or use it as a hand cart - it can haul a lot, and a bungee cord can add some stuff to the top on the lid. I use this regularly to carry 40 pounds of water from an artesian well in the Dundas Valley, but it can do groceries, trips to the beer store, and even stand-in as a make-shift wheel-barrow to carry soil.

It's an all terrain vehicle for the human powered. Beats a bundle buggy in mud anyday. Snow banks crumble under the 20 inch bicycle tires. I borrow mine from Mac Green at McMaster. I'm not sure where they ordered them from, but I found this Canadian site that makes them here.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them. It leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts.

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking