Cartoons, Canyoneers and Cameras

Found some interesting blogs since I posted my “Cracking Shaffer” video.


You may have read his book or seen the movie starring James Franco, but here’s the blog for the real Aron Ralston, an addictive outdoorsman (is there any other kind?) who severed his own arm to free himself from a boulder while hiking in Utah some years ago. His latest video follows a group of friends canyoneering. Great imagery. Here’s the video:

You can find videos, personal stories, environmental activism and more from Aron here at his blog.


May 17, 2014
Who doesn’t love a cat cartoon?

If you find that you need a little chuckle in your day, then White Outs by cartoonist Paul White is the place for you. These doodles are simple, yet Paul has a good eye for humor in our every day lives.

You can’t go wrong with sarcasm, wit and just plain silliness. Well, maybe you can depending on whom you use those communication tools, but don’t bother me with the details. Just check out his blog!


A big shout out to my friend Deb Schell, a photographer from here in the Harrisburg area. We have the distinction of holding the same reporter position at the same newspaper, only a few years apart.

She refused to follow in the footsteps of  the paper’s alumni, passing on the opportunity to experience a police Taser first hand. In hindsight, I wish I had made that decision, too.

She’s smarter. And a better photographer. If you need professional photos, wedding photos, kid photos, dog photos (you get the point) or like those she’s recently made, shoot her a message or email and buy one. I really like her recent photos from Luray Caverns.

Nice work, Deb. Keep it up!

One of Deb’s photos from Luray Cavern.

Road Trip, Family Style

A search of “rock climbing” on WordPress led me to a lot of blogs recently, but none more interesting than 5 and a Roof Rack.

The Andersons are a family from Washington that decided to take a year traveling the country, visiting family and friends.

And climbing, biking, skiing, hiking, camping, etc. Their blog is a pretty awesome view into what we all probably wish we could do on a permanent basis. That is if our family dynamics, work schedules, and just life in general didn’t always seem to get in the way.

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Family life on the road in America. A photo from 5 and a Roof Rack blog.

It’s inspiring to see a family devote a year of their time together crammed into a vehicle.

These folks are showing America to their children and in the process teaching them about its natural, historic and cultural wonders. As well as showing them all the amazing things you can do for lifelong physical and mental health, as well as personal growth.

I really like the idea of “Curriculum USA,” an active, experiential way to teach their children.

Living the dream. I’m a tad envious. Happy trails, Andersons.

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