Took the day off yesterday after completing the first 266 miles of the trail. 10% complete! I’ve had a great time hanging out with fellow hikers here in Big Bear and have been eating tons of good food. This morning I’m still nursing some shin splints in my right leg, but generally my body is holding up very well and I feel good. I’m looking forward to getting back on trail this afternoon. My next town for food resupply will be late next week in Wrightwood at about mile 360.
The past week or two has brought some dramatic shifts in weather, both cold and wet in Idyllwild and the San Juacinto mountains and then 110+ degree temperatures last weekend as I crossed I-10 and started in the San Bernardino mountains. I was able to beat a little of the heat in Palm Springs for a night when my friend, Alisa, drove out to pick me up from Los Angeles.
Everything is going well. Very hot now as I’m starting another big climb towards Big Bear, California. Currently at mile 209. Here’s a few quick pictures from my life on the trail…
On Monday, April 22, I began the 2668 mile trek from the Mexico border to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. I expect this to take me about five months to complete, arriving Manning Park, British Columbia by the end of September. I will have infrequent access to the internet, but will do my best to provide periodic updates and reflections about why I embarked on this adventure and how it’s progressing. For now, here’s some links to other places I will be periodically sharing pictures, and some background info on the Pacific Crest Trail.
I was supposed to travel to Manchester, England with three other people: my father and a two former colleagues to catch a couple Manchester United games at Old Trafford. Though I had been three times before, this was going to be the first for everyone else, so I took great care in organizing things. Unfortunately, my friends had second thoughts and canceled a week prior. Then, my father came down with pneumonia and wasn’t able to recover in time. So, I ended up going alone.
I arrived on Friday morning, took a stadium tour in the afternoon and then attended the home game against Norwich on Saturday. Instead of sticking around Manchester for the remainder of the week to see the Real Madrid match, I decided to go to Ireland instead. In order to get there, I took a three hour train ride from Manchester to Holy Head, then caught a three hour ferry ride to Dublin. After wandering around Dublin that night, I decided to rent a car and make the three hour drive to Galway on the west coast. I ended up spending three days in Galway, which I liked a lot.
I had a great time. At least three times better than I would of had at home.
The last few months have been pretty busy with some big projects going through our offices and a few in particular that I’ve been focusing on with our design team. We’re in the early stages of branding two new major sports teams in Ottawa, a CFL football team and NASL soccer team. The passion the city has for the CFL team in particular has been exciting to see. I just got back from a few days there last week, moderating several more focus groups for media and fans related to the naming of the team. The video below is from a CBC news broadcast last week, which I contributed a brief interview (which starts about 1:20 into video).
Here’s a couple links from last week’s press about the team branding (with my comments and pics):
Ottawa Sun – Jan 23, 2013 – 5 Names Short Listed for CFL Team
Ottawa Citizen – Jan 23, 2013 – Ottawa Team Names Down to Five
The comprehensive fan experience design, wayfinding and interactive program we’re doing for the Edmonton Oiler’s new $600M arena got off to a great start a couple months ago. Now that the ownership and city have put a new development deal in place (and the NHL is playing hockey again!), we are looking forward to another year of design work for a projected 2016 opening. We’re also designing the brand and interactive experience for the Chicago Cubs new Wrigley Field sales and preview center, and will be done with that by April.
Also keeping me busy these days is our work on a 7000 sqft briefing center for Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division in Washington D.C. High profile customers from the Pentagon and all over the world will be coming and working there. We’re learning all about some amazing military airplanes, exploratory craft and other cutting edge technologies they’re developing, so that we can create an engaging and meaningful customer experience and architectural design for the space.
On Christmas day, Wes and I took off on a little drive around the national parks and desert of the southwest. Below are some pictures and raw 16mm motion picture film footage that I shot while camping in “Slab City”. There’s also a minute or so at the end of me hanging out with good friends in Los Angeles on New Years Day.
I finally got around to editing a little movie together from my canoe trip this past August. Three friends converged on the Lucky Goat Farm in upstate New York before embarking on a four day paddle around a few lakes in the upper Adirondack Mountains. This movie stars, Eric (the planner), David (the provocateur), and Andy (the photographer). I had a brilliant time and was a highlight of my year.
Music by Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard, Martin Sexton, Bon Iver, and Ryan Adams.
While I’m so proud of my dad and happy to see his name associated with the lab and facilities he brought to life for more than four decades, this sign also stings. Perhaps very few people know the truth behind his poor treatment by the school and how they so unceremoniously forced him out.
My dad has been a pioneer not just of photo wizardry, but also a pioneer in finding and promoting new ways to foster communication and community across the photo world—always representing the very best that RIT had to offer. He generously helped and enriched the lives of thousands of students and colleagues, never asking for anything in return aside from a warm smile and a few cents for the coffee jar.
He’s far too gracious to admit, but I know it hurt him deeply when his life’s work was undermined by a small minority of back-stabbing ass-kissers and dismissed by the cowardly suits now running the place. It’s a real shame. He and all hard working teachers deserve better.
RIT was my home too, but at least I still got my dad. It’s nice to see him happy again, and see that there are so many people that think he’s pretty cool too.