Sunday, January 9, 2011


Pinnacle, Baldwin's Mills

EveryTrail - Find trail maps for here and beyond

I've recently been playing with putting up trips on the Every Trail web site. The idea being, it might give me another way to enrich the blogging experience if more information is provided on where exactly I paddled, hiked, skied or whatever. The Every Trail people provide a convenient way to do this on their site and also provide a simple way to embed the trip onto a blog. I'm not sure this is exactly what I'm looking for as it doesn't look quite the same as on their site. For example, the photos block the route map and the speed of the video is too fast to really get a view of anything, however, it's a start. Actually I find that playing it over again seems to slow it down on my computer, making it easier to see where the photos were taken and what the route was. You can compare this with the Every Trail version on their site by clicking on the link above.

Below is the non-photo version...

Pinnacle, Baldwin's Mills at EveryTrail

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Yoga App

I recall several years ago it being announced at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat that there would be yoga session for anyone interested at 6 in the morning. Needless to say, I slept through that nonsense! With age however, has come a bit of wisdom and I am now into doing yoga. Last fall when the dawn call went out for yoga at the Ontario Greenland Camp, I was there with the others doing whatever the leader requested of us. And I truly believe I was the better for it!

Back home however doing yoga without a leader to guide you has been problematic, but not any more. There's an 'app' for that on iTunes. Actually there are lots, but the one that I like and use on my little iTouch is called 'All In Yoga' which has 200 poses one can assemble in any order to make programs or one can follow pre-set programs. I do both. As I'm a beginner at this, each of the 200 poses has a photo and description which helps one decide whether it might be useful to a paddler like me who wants to benefit from flexibility poses more than strength. Using this information, I have made up a program I've called 'Paddler' which I do a few times each week and I follow one of the app's pre-set programs called 'Sun Salutation' which I do most mornings.

When you actually run the program it automatically marks your effort on a built in calendar, Nice! Even better, I can bring my iTouch along with me camping and paddling so there's no excuse not to stay flexible doing daily yoga exercises!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Future...

Looking back over the past several years I've been writing this blog, it's clear there have been changes. Not only has the visual aspect of the blog changed, but also and perhaps more importantly, it's clear it doesn't command my attention as it once did. Now that the staff have been dragged kicking and screaming from their Holiday revelries, it's time to wonder what's been going on over the last few years. Certainly many of the early kayaking bloggers I started with have practically disappeared from view, their space now taken up by newer bloggers. At some point, it might be instructive to see where my blog might profitably go in this changing environment as the new year plods merrily along.

For me, perhaps the biggest change over the last few years has been the arrival of René Seindel's 'Paddling Planet' site. Not only did this site collate most, perhaps all, of the world's kayak blogs in one place for easy viewing, it also meant that fewer people needed to visit those blogs directly. Comments have tended to be fewer in number as a result, although controversy still managed to pull people in now and then. Personally, I've enjoyed being able to read many new blogs at the 'Planet' site and even tried my dismal linguistic skills when necessary. I am particularly intrigued with many of the Scandinavian and Italian bloggers out there, from whom I've learned much.

The other big change to the blogging world has been FaceBook. Just look at the picture above to see how the 500 million users and more have straddled the globe! This has been yet another way to form a community of kayakers and one which I have found myself visiting more and more often. Unlike a blog, there is much more immediacy in these FaceBook contacts and one quickly gets to know the writers and where they paddle most often. It has however meant that what I might have once posted on my blog, instead went to FaceBook with less detail perhaps, but more interaction.

Twitter has taken over many bloggers output as well, although I have yet to figure out how to say anything in so few words...

Photo credit: The Thought Catalog