September 23, 2016

Photo: Sunset Stop

Photo By: Tom Malone

As the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, we look forward to capturing and experiencing the brilliant sunsets that the fall brings. Where's your favorite spot to stop and appreciate the sunset?
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September 22, 2016

The Crew Summits to 13,000 Feet in the Rockies

Photo By: Tom Malone

The Adventure Tribune contributors, Pat Christl and David Griffin, trek up a 13,000-foot mountain in Colorado's Rockies on a Sunday adventure. After we summited the peak, the trail connected to the Continental Divide Trail and an expansive view of the Rockies came into view, which made the altitude increase completely worth the effort.
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September 21, 2016

Update Your Haircut for a Social Adventure

By: Tom Malone

Think about the last time you got a haircut. You left the barbershop or salon with more swagger than when you entered it. When you get a haircut, you feel clean, sharp, and confident. So, why do so many of us procrastinate when it comes to getting a haircut?

Money seems to take a top priority. Whether you're paying 12 dollars for a buzz cut or 200 dollars for a cut-and-color, no one enjoys spending hard-earned money on something that they know they’ll have to do again soon enough. But, spending money on a haircut is like spending money on your confidence itself.

If you get the same haircut every single time, then you’re confident in how you’ll feel for the next few weeks as your hair grows out; however, your confidence in terms of haircuts has plateaued. Why not try switching up your hairstyle a bit?

By changing your hairstyle next time you visit the barbershop or salon, you’ll leave with a new-found confidence. Sure, you’re not positive how people will react to the new look, but the toughest critic of yourself is...yourself. So, if you think it looks good, then that’s all that counts. With a new hairstyle, you might find yourself subconsciously updating your wardrobe and opting for a shift in clothing style as well.

Ultimately, stepping outside of your comfort zone enhances your confidence in your ability to succeed; therefore, a new hairstyle will provide you with enough swagger to last you until the next trim.

*Photo By: Tom Malone
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September 20, 2016

Western Tiger Swallowtail on the Deschutes River

Photo By: Grant Allen

A massive Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly spreads its wings to hang out on some leaves near the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. The river flows through Bend, Ore., which is the namesake for Deschutes Brewery. Then, it flows until it reaches the Columbia River. Along the way, the river creates ample whitewater rafting areas and fly fishing spots.
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September 19, 2016

Yes, We Conquered Oktoberfest

By: Tom Malone

My brother and I exited the train with the swarm of travelers on a journey to the largest festival in the world: Munich’s Oktoberfest. The sun illuminated the late morning blue sky and the surrounding cityscape.

Entering the front gates, we stopped in awe of the tens of thousands of people grouped in the walkways and tents inside the fairgrounds. We walked to the Paulaner tent and found a table outside. A young German family sat next to us, explaining the cultural significance of Oktoberfest. A celebration of all things Bavarian, the ‘Fest draws crowds from every corner of the world.

After a stein or two, we cruised through the carnival-game section of the festival. I won a fake rose by exhibiting my sharpshooting skills, while my brother won a prize at another booth. I beat him at our blanket-slide race after that.

Then we saw it. The five-loop, Olympic-themed, humongously epic roller coaster. Naturally, we sat in the front of the car so we could be the first to feel the rush of the drops and loops. Behind us, the large German man in lederhosen shrieked the entire time.

We stopped at a chicken stand after the roller coaster and ordered a whole chicken, which we ate quickly. Then, we made our way to another brewer’s tent.  We found a seat outside. A man from southern Brazil and a young couple from England sat near us. After talking with them about for a long time, my brother and I found another tent.

The sun sank and the crowd livened incredibly. We stood at a single table inside the Hofbrauhaus tent with people from Germany, Spain, Brazil, New York, China, and New Zealand. The New York gentleman bought the entire table a round of steins at ten euros a piece.

We laughed as we sang classic American tunes played by the live German band. We stayed until the final bell. As we shuffled through the exit gate and onto the train, we dreaded the next morning’s 5 a.m. wake-up in preparation for the Munich airport. Returning to our hotel, we knew that we conquered the legend that is Oktoberfest.

*Photo By: Tom Malone
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September 18, 2016

A Hammock On A Backpacking Adventure

Photo By: Grant Allen

Relaxing in a hammock before beginning the next day of trekking through the Oregon wilderness. The backpacking journey through the Jefferson Park Wilderness provided plenty of viewpoints to simply soak in the peace of the forest.
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September 16, 2016

Photo: The Battle of Princeton

Photo By: Tom Malone

General George Washington led the newly-formed American militia to a semi-victory against the British regulars during the Battle of Princeton. These columns are the only remaining constructed features on the now-historic battlefield.
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September 15, 2016

Early Morning Fishing Adventure At A Rocky Mountain Lake

Photo By: Nikki Malone

The Adventure Tribune crew embarks on an early morning canoe fishing expedition with our fly fishing gear from Tenkara USA. This remote section of this Rocky Mountain lake provided ample fishing opportunity and plenty of peace and quiet.
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September 14, 2016

Living Conditions In Tegucigalpa Inspire Awe-Struck High School Students

By: Tom Malone

Our 12-person van nearly crashed as we sped around the corner of a major street in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Cars flew by us at alarming speed and we reciprocated. After a few NASCAR-like maneuvers, we arrived at our downtown destination for the first time as the sun set.

My group, composed of high school students and adult supervisors, walked cautiously through avenues and alleyways in the dark, humid atmosphere of June 2005. After wandering for thirty minutes, we strolled through a small, dimly lit alley and entered the door of a seemingly hidden church where we gave a presentation.

After the presentation, we left with the Honduran crowd of about 50 people. While walking to our van, we observed various churchgoers enter their homes in the same alleyways that we passed on our way to the downtown chapel. We received an eye-opening glimpse into the living conditions of Hondurans residing in the downtown section of the country’s capital.

Their homes appeared more urbanized than the tiny two-room wooden shacks that we saw regularly in our rural community, but the effects of poverty were evident. The roofs of many one- or two-story condos sunk into the homes. Artistic gang-related or politically-charged graffiti plagued every exterior wall and even the front doors of these residences.

Main thoroughfares had new shopping centers that rivaled those in the United States and other freshly constructed buildings. Sure, some of the city showed evidence of modernity, but it was the raw urban beauty of the capital city that captured me.

A few days later, we cruised through the street markets that salespeople set up in similarly urban buildings. The authentic atmosphere remained constant with our night’s alley walk.

As we drove away from downtown to our rustic jungle environment residence, we passed suburban ghettos on the outskirts of the city in which citizens lived in wooden shacks with tin roofs. Lavish mansions and average American-style suburban homes exist in the capital city, but Tegucigalpa spoke through its poverty-stricken residences.

*Photo By: Tom Malone
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September 13, 2016

Contemplating The Next Move In Jefferson Park WIlderness

Photo By: Grant Allen

Adventure teammate, Scott Rousseau, contemplates the group's next move on a backpacking adventure through the Jefferson Park Wilderness section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
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September 12, 2016

Why Do Certain Maps Make Land Appear So Different?

By: Tom Malone

Have you ever looked at two maps of the same Earth and wonders, Why do these look so different? Have you ever noticed that Antarctica seems to encompass the whole Southern portion of a world map, but occupies a small space on a rounded globe? Map projection is to blame.

A globe is the most accurate representation of the Earth’s surface, but it’s a little inconvenient to carry a globe around in your pocket, so cartographers (map makers) create flat maps for convenience.

Map projection shows us how a round globe is warped and projected onto a flat map.

The land area around the equator remains fairly accurate on a flat map, but cartographers need to stretch the top and bottom of a round globe in order to make it wrap around a flat map.

As the map moves North and South from the Equator, land areas will gradually appear to become larger than they really are.

Since a flat map needs to show a round world, the land area near the Poles will appear larger than they actually are.

Map Projection Fun: For a visual representation of map projection, visit True Size Of… to see the true size of each country (and I thought Greenland was so big!)
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