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The Debut Track from Elephant Ankles, “Drifters”

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I convinced Amanda to entertain me and record some songs I’ve written over the past couple of years. I bought a new microphone for the effort and got familiar with Garageband to record and mix. This first track turned out pretty great, to my surprise!

Our band name is Elephant Ankles, which just sounds funny to say out loud. Here’s our debut track, “Drifters.”

First Ski Day of the Year Goes to the Dogs

To say it’s been a disappointing snow year in the Pacific Northwest would be an understatement.

Even with a little new snow, the dogs are still having more fun. Hence, they got the share of photos in this post. These are some photos of our first day skiing in 2015.

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7 Easy Steps to Look Lumbersexual

Lumbersexual dress is all the buzz. I’ve been called out for dressing lumbersexually over the past couple of months. So, I felt qualified to make a short video helping others find their lumbersexual style. Here’s the original script I wrote. Things changed a bit when we were shooting, but the basic idea is all there.

Original script:

So, you want to dress like a Lumbersexual… a Paul Bunyan-inspired, Brawny Man that dresses for the woods but lives in the city. Just follow these seven easy steps:

1. The beard. If you are over the age of 25 you should be able to grow a respectable beard in two to three months. If you are betwen 15 and 25-years-old allow five to 10 years. If you are younger than 15 years old await puberty and monitor armpits daily.

2. The hair. If you don’t have hair skip to Step 3. The hair must be combed, most often to the side. Visit a barber every two to three weeks to ensure your hair is properly groomed.

3. The beanie. You should wear a beanie in the winter time. Trucker hats are appropriate for warm weather and is the only acceptable heat-releasing accessory.

4. Wear pants. Wearing pants is always a good idea and required with shoes by many restaurants. Blue jeans work best. Dark wash. Slim fit. Roll at least once to highlight…

5. Boots. You will never wear sneakers again. Boots are appropriate for all occasions. They are to be worn with patterned socks, preferably made from scratch wool.

6. Flannel shirt. It cannot be just plaid or flannel; both are required. Buffalo plaid is an ideal pattern. Top button should be buttoned, unless temperatures exceed 80 degrees.

7. The axe. You must own an axe. Do not use the axe for chopping wood but for referencing in conversation and posing for photos.

There you have it. You’re a lumbersexual now! Don’t forget to post all of your lumbersexual activities to Instagram so that your urban friends can see how outdoorsy and lumbersexual you really are.

My Mount Rainier Tattoo

I’ve been waiting a long time to get a tattoo representing Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. I have lived between both my entire life!

Mike Flanagan at House of Tattoo in Tacoma listened to my idea for an abstract “mountain to sound” landscape and translated that into a fine shoulder tattoo. Thanks, Mike!

How to Surprise Your Wife with a Hawaii Vacation

I surprised my wife with a trip to Maui for her birthday and caught the whole thing on camera.

First Ski Tour on Mount Rainier

I was excited for my first ski tour on Mount Rainier this past Saturday.

My friend Jaclyn was celebrating a birthday snowshoeing on the mountain, and I decide to try out my skin set-up. I just put Marker Baron bindings on my Salmon Rocker 2 122s. I got new Scarpa Maelstre RS boots and G3 skins. For snow safety, I picked up a Black Diamond/Pieps set-up and BCA Float 22 backpack. I really didn’t need all of that gear, but it was nice to put it all on and figure things out in a low-risk environment.

All that gear made for a slower climb due to the weight of the skis and loaded backpack, but I obviously had a faster descent than snowshoeing! The snow was nice and powdery, which made for some tasty turns.

I loved the work-out, and it was a great way to get on skis for the first time this season.

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