From Mountaintop to Seashore

The guys at Juniper Ridge throw a coastal scent distillation party. Part 2 of 2.

In a hands-on demonstration of their commitment to natural frangrance production, Juniper Ridge shows us their process, mentality, and the making of their newest release, Winter Redwood. Day Two is below, or see Day One. To get your own Winter Redwood, click here.

“Who’s hungover? Wait, no. Let’s see—who isn’t hungover?” Obi’s hair is styled and his beard looks recently combed. He doesn’t look hungover. We are all hungover. Yesterday’s hiking, gathering, and tincturing led to late night revelry around the fire. Hall dispensing encyclopedic knowledge on rock music history, Obi passing around a bottle of whiskey.

The Tincturing of Mt. Tam

Taking the wilderness of our backyard, and putting it in a bottle. Part 1 of 2.

Left to Right: Tom, Hall, and Obi of Juniper Ridge Wilderness Perfumes

Mid-winter we headed up the coast to the impeccable wilderness of Mount Tamalpias to meet with our friends, the rugged wilderness perfumers of Juniper Ridge. We spent two days hiking off-trail, eliminating invasive species, collecting samples, and tincturing scents (tincturing = distilling fragrances with an old copper whiskey still).

In a hands-on demonstration of their commitment to natural frangrance production, the trip gave a look inside Juniper Ridge’s process, mentality, and the making of their newest release, Winter Redwood. Day One is below, and Day Two follows. To get your own Winter Redwood, click here.

Shelter: Lakeside Garage

A deconstructed garage keeps weathered old elements, while illuminating some new.

One of the key attributes of a great architect is having the ability to envision a structure before it is built—to see the design, the layout, the use, before a pen is ever put to paper. The beauty of this lakeside structure is that it involved quite a bit of vision to see the beauty and potential of, well, “a shitty garage.”

Taking what once was a dilapidated, unimpressionable, and rather uninspiring structure and turning it into a modern architectural work of art is nothing short of remarkable. The design team of Seth Grizzle, Jonathan Junker, Kathryn Moeller, and Mike Peterson repurposed the guts of this old storage space to help the structure to slowly age backwards and give it new meaning.

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Nick and Kelly Take a Road Trip

10,000 miles, 17 states and 13 National Parks—an uprooting of epic proportion.

Unable to ignore their joint wanderlust, Nick and Kelly quit their jobs. They sold their home. Packed all of their belongings into a 1969 Serro Scotty Trailer and headed west to Seattle. What would become a ten-week, 17 state, 13 National Parks, and 10,000-mile journey, was spurred on by an uncontrollable urge to explore.

This time last year you wouldn’t pin Nick and Kelly Lake as the risk-taking type. In 2006, they first met. They fell in love and by 2010 they were married. Two years later, they bought a home. It was the start of a life, a good life, but one that fell on the arch of normality. That is until, well, they decided to do something bold…

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East Coast Humor

An interview with Christine Mitchell Adams, N’East-erner, humorist and drawer of men.

Boston-based artist and illustrator Christine Mitchell Adams lives and breathes the Northeast. Through her blog N’East Style, she brings readers through all of the elements that make New England special while showing that there’s more to the Northeast than preppy kids and flannel shirts.

Christine has produced work for a variety of clients, ranging from Huckberry favorites like Topo Designs and Wolverine to fashion-focused brands like Marc Jacobs and Club Monaco. Her illustrations always carry the influence of her upbringing in Maine and Vermont, evident in their focus on uniqueness and simplicity. 

The Livelihood of the Family Farm

A family business focused on American craft and quality, the farm is worth fighting for.

What was once a stable source for American livelihoods, self-sustaining small farms have now become agricultural anomalies. Cricket Creek Farm, one of the oldest farms in northwest Massachusetts, is one of them. And, in the past few years, they've suffered certain setbacks. Currently operating at a loss, the small farm is fighting to stay in business.

It's a fight for American business, for local commerce, for sustainable agriculture and domestic product, jobs, craft and community. It's something we believe in, and so we recently caught up with Suzy Konecky of Cricket Creek, to discuss the methods she's using to save this family farm.

DIVERSIONS + TUNES: February 28, 2014

From extreme slacklining to the McConaissance, this week’s Diversions +Tunes has it all.

1. OMAHA BEACH ATTACK: How easily could the U.S. Military take Omaha Beach with modern weapons? A Marine weighs in. / Slate

2. MAN ON WIRE: Two hot air balloons, one slack line, and a distinct lack of vertigo. / Vimeo

The Mint 400: Then, Now, Always

On the shelf for nearly 20 years, America’s toughest off-road race is back.

To get exclusive and authentic gear, check out the Mint 400 Shop.

Go to the movies, look at re-designed sports cars, or watch throwback uniforms in action – it seems we can’t get enough of the past. But often, enthusiasts are quick to point out dusting something off from the past compromises its authenticity, or makes a mockery of it altogether. The Mint 400 stands as an exception. 

Known to many as America’s toughest off-road race, the Mint 400 is also the country’s oldest, with roots tracing back to 1967. Originally planned to promote The Mint Hotel in Las Vegas, the race stretched from its namesake hotel to the Sahara Hotel in Lake Tahoe, California—with hundreds of miles of desert and rough terrain between them. That inaugural field featured just two dune buggies, but eventually the race grew to include motorcycles, cars, and trucks.

Iconic Style: Patrick Leigh Fermor

“A cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene.” – The BBC

An original series where we unearth the story and style behind iconic men.

In 1933, an eighteen year old set off across the English Channel into mainland Europe. He had a rucksack full of a clothes, a copy of Horace’s Odes, and a couple letters of introduction. He slept in barns and ate with peasants.

Four years later, in 1937, the wanderer reached Constantinople, and that trip—those years spent walking across Europe—would obsess him until his death. Patrick Leigh Fermor, “the greatest travel writer” in British history, was a gentleman, a scholar, and foremost—an adventurer.

Our Life-Boat Men

The men of the sea who saved lives and stole the imagination of landlubbers nationwide.

There's something about life on the ocean that's attractive to men—even landlocked fellows hear the call of the open sea. Many sailors have shuffled off the small town doldrums with a tour of duty in the Navy, whose recruiters are eager to offer the perks of travel and adventure.

Even more have dreamed about life before the mast, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums has collected antique glass slides showing the adventure of marine life, equal parts romantic and realist.

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