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December 27, 2019

Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol


Me: What's the first rule of cooking?
4: Don't put your hands in your butt.
Me: Correct.

weekly survival tip

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and if you’re planning on partying, you should also be planning for your survival the next morning. Check out these pro tips .

trail mix

‘Tis the season for snow on the trails, which means cross-country skis are often the best ways to experience them. But when the kids get just a little too big to ride in the chariot are your days on skinny skis as a family done? Or done until their teen years at least? Not necessarily. It is possible to get toddlers and young children on a cross-country set-up. Check out this primer for some helpful tips on how to go about it. Just be prepared for some serious indoor, carpet-shredding sessions, too. 

trail talk

This past year has been full of intense moments from the impeachment of a president, to a catastrophic fire at Notre Dame cathedral, a major college admissions cheating scandal, a teenage climate activist storming the global stage, a royal birth and more. But 2019 has also been the year of intergenerational squabbling. “Ok boomer” turned into “Ok millennial” and ageism ran rampant. It’s not that ageism is a new concept. But, as this piece in the Washington Post explains , social media has (again) been the game changer in how intensely – and quickly – the barbs have flown back and forth. 

trail magic

From global temperatures, to emissions gaps to how often American presidential hopefuls talk about climate change, the state of the environment gets a pretty good overview in these five charts . Overall, the picture is not great. The one upside seems to be how often the issue comes up in public and political debate. Here’s hoping the ongoing conversations translate into better outcomes reflected in these charts next year…

yard sale

That elusive perfect holiday shot…


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