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Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurantWith a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.Read more here.

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Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurant

With a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.

Read more here.

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Song of the month, apparently.

(Source: Spotify)

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Happy Birthday, Colorado! On this day in 1876, Colorado became a state; we celebrate with a amazing photos from Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area - one of our favorites. 

The scenic quality of the Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is outstanding due to the interaction of mountainous landforms; multi-colored rock strata; diverse vegetation; and vast, open vistas. Handies Peak itself rises 14,048 feet over the area and is the highest point of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside of Alaska. This WSA also hosts 12 other peaks that rise over 13,000 feet, three major canyons, numerous small drainages, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. The landscape a variety of volcanic, glacial and Precambrian formations. A rock glacier formation is also located at the head of American Basin.

This is an area perfect for hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing and photography.  Guaranteed to inspire!

Photos by Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for BLM’s National Conservation Lands

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Welcome to the Union, Colorado!

Presidential Proclamation 230 of August 1, 1876 by President Ulysess S. Grant declaring the State of Colorado’s admission to the Union., 08/01/1876

(Source: research.archives.gov)

Sophie dog hanging out at a glassy Salmon lake one July morning. 
Salmon Lake, Gore Range, Colorado.

Sophie dog hanging out at a glassy Salmon lake one July morning. 

Salmon Lake, Gore Range, Colorado.

Camping out under the stars in Fruita, Colorado.

Camping out under the stars in Fruita, Colorado.

Fireweed is a late summer flower that grows in high altitude areas of the west in open meadows. Its one of my favorite wildflowers. This photo was taken along the Peaks Trail between Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado. 

Fireweed is a late summer flower that grows in high altitude areas of the west in open meadows. Its one of my favorite wildflowers. This photo was taken along the Peaks Trail between Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado. 

"Get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head, and you head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eye hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards"

-Edward Abbey

"Get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head, and you head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eye hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards"

-Edward Abbey

Many of the towns in Colorado were built around mining. The unfortunate legacy of the mining history is large piles of toxic tailings that pollute the water and prevent regrowth of the vegetation. Now a days, those same towns depend on recreation to power the economy, skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing in the summers and fall. While theses activities are not with out their own impacts, they compel us to be better stewards of the land.
In this photo a mountain biker rides by gold mining tailings and golden fall Aspen trees in French Gulch near Breckenridge, Co.

Many of the towns in Colorado were built around mining. The unfortunate legacy of the mining history is large piles of toxic tailings that pollute the water and prevent regrowth of the vegetation. Now a days, those same towns depend on recreation to power the economy, skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing in the summers and fall. While theses activities are not with out their own impacts, they compel us to be better stewards of the land.

In this photo a mountain biker rides by gold mining tailings and golden fall Aspen trees in French Gulch near Breckenridge, Co.

One of my friends had the dining area at her wedding lit this way. It was a brilliant idea, and beautiful. 

One of my friends had the dining area at her wedding lit this way. It was a brilliant idea, and beautiful. 

Beach in Roses, Costa Brava, Spain

Beach in Roses, Costa Brava, Spain

I used to have this view from my bedroom. Peak 10, Breckenridge, Colorado. Late fall sunset.

I used to have this view from my bedroom. Peak 10, Breckenridge, Colorado. Late fall sunset.

Started and finished a 32 miler on the #MTB here last night. The #Potomac river has some beautiful stretches to it.
I consider myself quite lucky to have ridden my bike all over the country and on some of the best trails around. While I miss having access like I had in Colorado, I’m quite grateful for all the other opportunities available now that I’m back on the east coast.

Started and finished a 32 miler on the #MTB here last night. The #Potomac river has some beautiful stretches to it.

I consider myself quite lucky to have ridden my bike all over the country and on some of the best trails around. While I miss having access like I had in Colorado, I’m quite grateful for all the other opportunities available now that I’m back on the east coast.

Roan Mountain is located in north eastern Tennessee. Its a “Bald” mountain, one of many in the region, known for the grass areas on their summits, not quite alpine, but not quite the rainforest style lush vegetation typical of the region. Roan mountain has a ton of recreational opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs near by, you can mountain bike in the area, there is opportunity of hiking and backpacking, and in the winter, when the conditions are right, you can ski and even ice climb here. 

Roan Mountain is located in north eastern Tennessee. Its a “Bald” mountain, one of many in the region, known for the grass areas on their summits, not quite alpine, but not quite the rainforest style lush vegetation typical of the region. Roan mountain has a ton of recreational opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs near by, you can mountain bike in the area, there is opportunity of hiking and backpacking, and in the winter, when the conditions are right, you can ski and even ice climb here. 

Yesterday my roommate and I went for a 36 mile ride outside of Washington, DC. I only made him stop for pictures once. The C&O Canal is a great recreational asset in the DC area, and you can cover some serious ground and pretty quickly forget you are outside of the nations capital. 
A couple of Stats:
Number of miles: 36.3
Number of beavers spotted: 1
Couples interrupted In flagrante delicto dead center of the single track:1 (BOTH DIRECTIONS!)
Great blue herons: 5 

Yesterday my roommate and I went for a 36 mile ride outside of Washington, DC. I only made him stop for pictures once. The C&O Canal is a great recreational asset in the DC area, and you can cover some serious ground and pretty quickly forget you are outside of the nations capital. 

A couple of Stats:

Number of miles: 36.3

Number of beavers spotted: 1

Couples interrupted In flagrante delicto dead center of the single track:1 (BOTH DIRECTIONS!)

Great blue herons: 5