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Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Masochistic Discin
4th December 10
People love to identify the “meccas”.
The mecca of golf? Pebble Beach. Of ski resorts? Aspen, I suppose.
Pogo sticking? That is a mystery, but I imagine one could make a pretty penny selling them in the Masai Mara or Papua New Guinea, where uncontrollable hopping is the status quo.
Now far be it for me to name the mecca of disc golf, but I will not hesitate to name the wildest course on Earth one can find. It’s not like the directions are difficult: go South until you can’t.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - There Can Only Be One
27th November 10
Imagine yourself in a warehouse teeming with costumed hordes of insane people toting vague motivations from every corner of the globe. Rouse the revelers with the promise of competition, blur the scene with the heavy film of post-libation maniacy, and throw in some referees to make sure all is fair (but far from square).
That image in your mind is the Rock-Paper-Scissors World Championships in Toronto, Canada.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Gotta Get Up To Get Down
20th November 10
“Climbing trees is for children.”
I don’t believe that, and I hope that you don’t either, but from an anatomically-sensitive standpoint, wisdom would seem to lean further that way every day.
Now take the whole silly idea of logic and throw it out the window.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - 8 Seconds
14th November 10
You ever know a “rider”? You know, one of those crazies that just has to ride everything?
“I rode a unicycle!”
“I rode in a Shriner’s car!”
“I rode a bomb, screaming ‘Wahoo!’ and 10-gallon hat waving, out the bottom of a B-52!”
Well now you can stop them in their tracks, whatever type of tracks they may be making at the time.....
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - A Bird On The Hand
7th November 10
Ireland is in this season.
Ireland is in every season.
In fact, I’m eventually going to sick of the Irish domination of All Things Cool.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Raver River
31st October 10
The Mekong River is a partier.
It weaves in and out of like every country in Asia like a backpacker after 3 Khaosan Road buckets, whenever it wants, and everyone is cool with that.
All of this insane gallivanting has taken its toll on the poor waterway, however.
It has begun belching up fireballs.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Grape + Stomp = The Sauce
23rd October 10
Come the September timeframe in Napa Valley, it is time to harvest grapes.
And what stands between some gorgeous hand-picked barrels of grapes and your delicious glass of Cabernet?
Some good ol’ fashioned stompin’, that’s what.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Forecast Grim
17th October 10
Talkeetna, Alaska. The basis for the television show ‘Northern Exposure’.
The home of the Moose-Dropping Festival.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Mojave Sound Machine
9th October 10
“The Integratron is an acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.”
This is the tagline topping the homepage of the Integratron, a sound chamber near Joshua Tree National Park in California used for healing, recording, meditation and anything else you want to rent it out for. Tupperware party? Sure.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Bearly Barren Land
2nd October 10
The polar bear is the world’s largest bear and land carnivore. It lives largely north of the Arctic Circle, can weigh close to 700kg, and eats meat almost exclusively.
Let’s get super close to it and take pictures.
In Churchill, Manitoba, widely known as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World”, you can take a helicopter tour, the risky “Rollerbladers Getaway” skating tour, or stick to the traditional route of moving around the landscape in a massive tundra buggy.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Bridges Out Of Stone
25th September 10
It brings to mind old hat corporate speeches, sappy marriage counseling jargon and…well, actually constructing a bridge.
Now, as I’m not down to deliver a full-on lesson on performing your own engineering feat some Sunday afternoon, I’ll skip down the list to repairing bridges in the Pantanal in Brazil.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - What Big Teeth You Have
18th September 10
I like sharks.
I have a feeling that a great many people like sharks, or maybe they just show an interest for that which they fear, because Shark Week on television is all kinds of popular, and there are even some nincompoops out there who get in cages and let strange men litter the ocean around them with blood and fish heads until great white sharks start getting up close and personal.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W - Frig Newton
11th September 10
“Drop what you are doing! Run around! The sky is falling in!”
Insane-ish Forays of S.W. - Redefine Cubicle
4th September 10
Hoping to swim in all five oceans? Missing one?
Let me guess which one.
Although there are countless potential places to pull it off with a helicopter and very deep pockets, leaping willy-nilly into the Arctic Ocean is also possible for us tangible folk, whilst still retaining a potent dose of adventure.
Insane-ish Forays of S.W. - Occular Psychosis 101
28th August 10
The largest fish in the world can grow to over 15 meters in length and weigh up to 15 tons.
It is the whale shark, which translated comes out to roughly “pretty spotty swimmy fishy”.
There are many places in the world to dive with whale sharks, but one of the easiest is Tofo in Mozambique. You can actually snorkel and swim right alongside the beasts (keeping a comfortable distance for the fish) in the perfectly warm, clear waters.