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Some of you may know that the Roaming Parkers are martial artists. I (Pat) have been learning since about 1986, teaching since about 1996, and teaching OUR kids since about 2006. We practice and teach primarily aikido but with a healthy sprinkling of judo and jodo and perhaps even the occasional dash of karate.
Some of you may also know that for several years I have had one of the most popular martial arts blogs on the planet – Mokuren Dojo. For some time now I’ve felt that Mokuren Dojo’s niche was too limited. Not enough people are all that interested in aikido or even martial arts in general. I’ve been wanting to write to a wider audience about a wider set of topics.
So that’s one of the reasons we started Roaming Parkers – so that we could make even more new friends and talk about hiking and conservation and travel and ecology and camping and sustainability and adventure – as well as martial arts! Continue reading “Sharpening the sword – for what?”
(Third in a series – Before you go on an outdoor adventure, get a good compass and find some useful maps.) A map with all its squiggly lines and colors can, at first glance, seem like a confusing jumble. One of the first things that you’ll want to do to start making sense of a map is to use a compass to orient the map.
Well, the first step in pan frying fish is obviously to catch a mess of fish. It just so happens that recently the Roaming Parkers got word of a spot where the fish were biting! A buddy of ours went to this spot and caught 80 fish and we showed up the next day and found that he hadn’t made much of a dent in the population. Continue reading “How to pan fry fish”
Yesterday I copied this striking video about plastic trash from the Nalgene website. 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour – that’s 60 million per day just from the United States. If you check out the rest of the story at Nalgene, they say that of about 35 million tons of plastic bottles (I suppose that must be yearly) only about 5 million tons are incinerated or recycled.
(Second in a series) Yesterday I posted a couple of suggestions about getting a good compass to keep you safe and on track in your outdoor activities, and soon I’ll be posting articles about how to use that compass effectively, but first we need to get a good map to go along with that compass.