As some of you may know, if you’ve been following along for a while, I have a section of my blog called “Playful Bits.” I clearly have an obsession with mountain hiking… but it extends well beyond the physical act of putting one step in front of the other, up and down that incredible landscape.
Because I’ve developed these playful bits as “projects” in the “portfolio” template of my blog’s theme, they don’t appear up on the WordPress Reader. So I thought I’d draw your attention to them here, today, in a blog post.
“Playful Bits” is an attempt to share some of the fun I have in the mountains… it extends to letters and faces that pop up at us in inanimate objects in the environment, mountain-themed poetry I enjoy… and it will ultimately contain packing lists, suggested guide books to use, recipes for awesome trail snacks, and book reviews about both fiction and non-fiction mountain books that I love.
One last thing… recently, I’ve been taking a FREE online course, called “Mountains 101,” through the University of Alberta. If you have the time, I highly recommend it. They cover so many topics, from a scientific understanding of weather and glaciation and the geologic processes involved in mountain formation, to practical tips for getting out into the mountains and staying safe, through to a literary and historical understanding of the ways that mountains have influenced cultures the world over. The photographic images they display on the screen are incredible, and the info is fascinating and delivered well. One of my favourite segments is this one, on how our Attitudes Towards Mountains have been shaped over time. (It’s just a short, 11 minute segment… watch it and you’ll see what I mean.)
That’s it for today… just a wee update to let you know what I’ve been paying around with behind the scenes. Enjoy!