Friday, August 16, 2013

Villarrica Volcano CHILE

Even though it's been 16 years since I left Chile, I've been thinking about that gorgeous country often lately, especially with all of the posts from people who are traveling down there now to ride. Going through a box of old photos a few weeks ago I found this one of me at the crater of the Villarrica Volcano during high school. It's an active volcano (one of Chile's most active) and we couldn't even see the lava during that trek because, earlier that week, part of the crater had collapsed into the cone. It was windy, too. And we had to carry gas masks in our packs in case the volcanic gases were too strong.

At the top of Villarrica

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I Think I Have a Problem

My brother and his friends journeyed from Georgia to Pennsylvania during the 4th of July weekend to spend some time at the Seven Springs Bike Park. The following is a guest article about the trip written by Michael "Hak" Hakala, with photography by TJ Kearns (Timothy James Photography). 

Hak's version of riding 7 Springs

Those of you that know me would most likely agree that there are very few things that I love more than mountain biking and everything riding a mountain bike entails. It’s taken me to some of the coolest places I’ve seen in the United States, introduced me to some of the best people I know, and basically allows me to enjoy each and every day I travel around our sun. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's gettin' hot in here.

"Climate is what you expect...and weather is what you get." -NASA

A proper winter scene.
Over the past few months the issue of climate change has become an exciting discussion point between family members. During one (intense) discussion, focused on the evidence for/against human-induced climate change, I calmed all parties with the point that isotopes can be used to identify sources of carbon in the atmosphere. It's hard for an argument to continue when the fundamental properties of atoms are used to explain sources of greenhouse gases. 

These mini family feuds have made me want to write more about atmospheric things, especially as related to the changing climate in some of the regions I like to ride.