The outdoors

This afternoon I went with Tristan to watch the Good Friday parade in Little Italy.

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My family in Vermont sent me Bill McKibben’s 2005 book (updated in 2014) as a Christmas gift. In it, he recounts a meandering trek through the Lake Champlain region of the Adirondacks. It’s part nature writing, partly an account of the history of the region and the ways his neighbours are tying to earn a […]

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Vorticity (4K) from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

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I find that my Prism Quantum two-line kite is too frustrating to fly in winds of less than 16 knots (kn). The ideal range is 16-25 kn, with the wind consistent in power and coming from a consistent direction. That’s a rare situation indeed in Toronto, where winds are almost never so strong and tend […]

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About five years ago, soon after I moved to Toronto, I bought an olive-coloured Classic Beaufort jacket, manufactured by Barbour in the U.K. I was made aware of the brand and model by Fred Burton’s book Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, in which he suggests that the jacket is a favourite among professionals who […]

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My friend Rosie organized a Massey expedition to the former-brickworks-turned-community-space in the Don Valley. It was a nice break from grading (and hourly email complaints for students demanding essay and participation grades). I’m still recuperating a bit from the divestment setback, along with a string of other recent minor misfortunes, so getting out into Toronto’s […]

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Back when I was in high school (before 2000), I was given a pair of Raichle hiking boots, purchased at Mountain Equipment Co-op (and also kindly mailed to me in Oxford before my first trip with the Walking Club). The boots are excellent, with solid ankle support, a reliable ability to maintain grip in wet […]

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Rosie Martin, a Massey Junior Fellow, organized a trip on Saturday to the Koffler Scientific Reserve. Getting out into the woods was a great pleasure, and it was fascinating to see some tiny pond-collected larvae and insects under optical stereo microscopes, including damselfly and dragonfly larvae.

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