Sword Cane and the TSA

No Sword Canes on the Plane.

TSA vs Sword Canes. Part IV.

Yes, it’s another sword cane found by the TSA.


The Return of the Ghostly Sunglasses

The Curtis Reissued in New Colors

I recently made a confession about how Curtis sunglasses (also known as  Ghostly Sunglasses), a collaboration between disruptive eyeglass provider Warby Parker and independent record label Ghostly International, were my favorite sunglasses.

So I was pretty happy when I found out The Curtis is being reissued in three new, cool colors.

The Curtis in Moss
The Curtis in Moss. Image: Warby-Parker.

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Gear I Didn’t Take: Ice Axe

The year I hiked the John Muir Trail, the snowpack was very low, so I didn’t carry an ice axe (not many hikers did that year). But if I had carried an ice axe, this is the one I would have wanted.

CAMP USA Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe

CAMP USA Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe
Weighing in at only 8.8 oz, it’s one of the lightest ice axes out there, perfect for both safety conscious and weight-minded thru-hikers.
You can get it in either 50 cm or 70 cm lengths for less than $150 from Backcountry.com.
Another sword cane.

What? This is a Sword Cane, Too?

TSA vs Sword Canes. Part II.

Another hapless traveler who unknowingly purchased a sword cane. Will this madness never end?

Corn. Don't go in here.

Help 911! I’m Lost in a Corn Maze

If you can’t handle the maze, stay out of the corn.

People call 911 for all sorts of silly reasons. The Consumerist has a whole bunch of them: Broken iPhone. Cable outages. Mixed-up fast food ordersHelp ordering Chinese food (we all know how confusing that can be).

But the Solano County Sheriff’s Department is being swamped by calls from people who pay $12 to wander around the 60-acre corn maze at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA and can’t find their way out.

Here’s some advice. If you’re directionally challenged, and it’s getting late, just don’t enter the corn maze.

[via Modern Farmer.]

JMT Preparation Guide

The Ultimate John Muir Trail Preparation Guide

If you’ve always wanted to hike the JMT, do yourself a favor and bookmark this great John Muir Trail Preparation Guide from Trail to Summit.

Allison Nadler at Trail to Summit (I’ve mentioned her before) has put together a really comprehensive guide of what you need to do to fully prepare yourself for a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail.

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Ahu Akivi | Easter Island

Travelogue: Easter Island

Ever since I first saw “The Easter Island Massacre” (one of the episodes In Search Of) in 1977, I’ve been fascinated by Easter Island.

But the small island is so remote, I never seriously considered visiting the place and seeing the giant stone heads for myself. But when you and your family plan a trip around the world, suddenly a visit to a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a no longer a dream—it becomes a reality.

Me at Tongariki

Read my travelogue The Majesty of Easter Island on Boing Boing.