After living in the NE for over 20 years, for my birthday this year in late June, I finally hiked Mt. Washington! Being the highest peak on the East Coast of the U.S. at 6288 ft, it felt very rewarding to finally take this on. We hiked from the west side taking Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lake of the Clouds AMC Hut and then taking the last 1.4 miles to the summit via Crawford Path. The total distance is about 4.5 miles, hiking ~3800 ft in elevation change, and it took us about 4.5 hours with a few stops. Our plan was to also hike down the same day via Jewel, but once to the top, the sky opened up and it started to pour like there was no tomorrow. Later we find out that this is almost a daily occurrence between 1-3pm, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking about hiking up and down in 1 day.
Instead of risking an ankle injury on the way on slippery rocks, we were able take the Cog Railway down along with many other hikers that had the same idea. Luckily we made it on, but had to sit on the floor of the train. Despite having a wet ass and not being able to take in the scenery, I was so thankful that we got on.
It was an amazing experience and being able to stay at the Mt. Washington Inn wasn’t so bad either. It made it a complete and awesome experience! If time allows, bring your tennis racquets and golf clubs. There are 4 clay courts and a 18 hole/9 hole Donald Ross designed course.
I came across this interview with Sam Farber, OXO Founder, the other day. He spoke of Human-Centered Designs (HCD) and how his number one guiding philosophy was Universal Design: A product’s function should be immediately apparent, and anyone should be able to use it.
This really got me thinking about design principles in general. Is universal design the same as User-Centered Design (UCD)? Not quite. When Sam Farber speaks of HCD, the design principles are applicable to everyday tangible products from Oxo’s kitchen products to the iPhone to the door handle on your front door. Think industrial design.
With the good memories of a work visit to Pittsburgh back in 2005, I recently went back again in April for a long weekend to see the city and to also visit Fallingwater. It’s an eclectic, environmentally friendly city with lots of architecture and good food. Having 3 rivers that transect the city helps to make it feel like you’re always close to the water, which I love.
The bird photos are from the National Aviary. I recommend it, if you like to see birds and penguins up close and personal.
Passed by folks putting the word out for an upcoming MBTA fare strike at Park Street Station downtown Boston. My monthly subway commuter pass increased by 18% from $59 to $70 starting in July. That is a pretty significant increase. On the other hand, I believe it’s been many years since the last increase.
Boston fare Strike @ Riseup.net encouraging commuters to participate in a public meeting to plan the next action on July 19th, 6pm at the Bandstand. Boston Fare Strike is a coalition of organizations and individuals that came together to meet the July 1st fare hikes with a fare strike. They see this action as a step in the long-term struggle to not only defend Public Transit, but to improve and expand it to better serve the people of Boston and the surrounding areas.
I LOVE hot and spicy foods. I’ve been known to get strange looks when asking for hot ‘sauce’ at restaurants, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to try the Bhut Jolokia, better known as the ghost chili pepper, deemed the world’s hottest pepper. This is especially the case when it’s being considered to be used as a weapon by the Indian Army. I like the sound of it though. Like a true pepper or spicy food lover, you love it because it hurts.
In the heat of the summer, July 2011, we took a 1700 mile, 10 day, driving trip in the Southwest from Phoenix, Arizona to Santa Fe, NM, to Mexican Hat, UT, to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ. We drove on track and off track and explored many towns and sights in-between include the Mother Road Route 66 from Holbrook to Albuquerque, NM.