Shot this while on a walk along the beach trail with Sara.
Between 1999 and 2009 our family spent a fair amount of time at Granite Arch Climbing Center in Sacramento, CA. We went there to learn, to practice, to improve our climbing skills and to hang out with friends.
Granite Arch was a fun place and we logged a lot of hours dangling from ropes above shredded tires. We had no idea at the time, but also baked into that arrangement was something truly remarkable.
This video is a few years old now. In fact, we first watched it in 2007 or 2008 before our kids even started attending school. The idea that creativity is just as important as literacy is one that I subscribe to wholeheartedly.
If you are not prepared to be wrong, or refuse to ever be wrong then you will never come up with anything original. So if our educational systems are too formulaic and focus too much on eliminating mistakes and always getting the right answers then we effectively institutionalize what is the opposite of innovation.
Anyhow, if you haven’t seen this and are curious about intelligence, creativity, ideas and educational systems give this a watch.
Back in 2013, Noah and I had a sweet baseball arrangement. Every two weeks or so we would head down to the local SuperCuts for a hair cut and five free tickets to see some Sacramento Rivercats baseball.
Mount Defiance is the second peak we have bagged in the home court 100 series. This trail is well engineered and distributes the 4000 ish feet of elevation gain over 5 to six miles. Trekking poles are handy near the top and can be helpful with the decent but no technical climbing was required.
A little background before getting to the Gaia GPS Review… I recently downloaded the the Gaia app for the iphone. I was a little nervous about the price ($30 for the app and another $10/yr. for the premium features). Once I got past the price of the Gaia app and subscription I was delighted to find that it was worth every penny.
This was the first bucket list item on my sailing bucket list series…
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I have always loved John Wooden’s definition of success. By no means am I a basketball coach, player, or fan. But you don’t need to appreciate basketball to appreciate John Wooden.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. ~ John Wooden
John Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row.