Monthly Archives: March 2012

Win A $160 Scottevest Transformer Jacket!

Posted by on March 16, 2012

As you all know, I’m a big fan of Scottevest. I’ve been wearing their stuff for several years now and they are a sponsor of the website. Over the last decade they have done some of the most innovative stuff with clothing in the entire industry with its gadget storage and integration of wires.

Their newest product is one of the most clever and fun designs I’ve ever seen in an item of clothing.

The idea of a convertable jacket is a good one. Instead of completely taking off a layer of clothes, you can just take off the sleeves. The problem is, all convertable jackets have their sleeves attached with zippers. Even my favorite jacket, the Fleece 5.0 suffers from this problem. It takes several minutes to get the sleeves on and off so I never bother doing it.

The new Transformer jacket totally solves this problem. It converts from jacket to vest in seconds through the power of magnets. I’ve been wearing my Transformer jacket for over a week now and I can confirm it is just that easy. What is incredible isn’t how easy the sleeves come off, it is how easy they snap back into place whey you put them on. It is almost like magic.

Photo Essay – Hawaii’s Island of Lanai

Posted by on March 15, 2012

The island of Lana’i is one of the smallest and least visited of Hawaii’s islands. With only 3,000 permanent residents, it has a very small-town feel and avoids the crowds and tourist trap aspects of places like Waikiki Beach. (Locals call it the Mayberry of the Pacific) It also has some of the most interesting history and scenery of any of the Hawaiian islands. I visited Lanai in March of 2011 as a guest of the Lana’i Visitors Bureau.


The Oldest Democratic Body in Europe: The Valencia Water Court

Posted by on March 14, 2012

The Valencia Water Court in session

The Valencia Water Court in session

If you should happen to be in Valencia, Spain…in the Plaza de la Virgen….on Thursday…at noon, you will have a chance to glimpse the oldest democratic body in the world in operation: the Tribunal de las Aguas (The Water Court).

Dating back over 1,000 years to the time of the Moorish conquest, the water court was originally set up by farmers to the south of the city to resolve water disputes between them. They delegated certain men to hear disputes between farmers and this tradition continued after Valencia was returned to Christian control.


My 5 Year Travelversary – Exploring the Globe For Half A Decade

Posted by on March 13, 2012

Year 1 - Solomon Islands

Year 1 - Solomon Islands

On March 13, 2007 I sat in a room at a real estate office in Minnesota and signed over the deed to my house. I handed the family that purchased my house the keys, they handed me a check and from that moment I was living out of a bag.

That is the day I’ve marked at the beginning of my travels.

I have a hard time believing it has been five years. It is half a decade. It is over 10% of my life.

When I started my journey, I told everyone that I would be gone for a year or so, but in reality I thought I might be gone for two.

I never, ever imagined that I would be doing this for five. Never.