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.
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Song of the month, apparently.
"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"
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.
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.