Whidbey Island

I went to Whidbey Island for the Memorial Day weekend. This was my first time on Whidbey and it was quite enjoyable, even with the rain.

The weekend started out right with an epic surf day at Westport. Rob and I enjoyed beers on the rocks after our morning session. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable on my board.

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We departed on the Mukilteo ferry late Friday evening after surfing for the day at Westport. By doing so, we avoided the huge ferry lines. Shane’s beard got some photo love with the beautiful horizon beyond.

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The ferry ride is quite short. Arriving in Whidbey Island the surrounding terminal area seems much more chill than that of the San Juan island ferries. Whidbey doesn’t seem to be as touristy as the San Juan’s or even Bainbridge.

We spent the weekend at our friend’s parents place. They recently purchased it and moved to Whidbey. The land had a horse farm among other small animals. We shot BB guns, went clamming, full dipped in the hot tub, drank many beers and cooked a lot of food.

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We also spent some time checking out Fort Casey. This was a first for me, but as I’m told, many people who grew up in Seattle took several school trips there. There are stunning views of the Puget Sound from all over Fort Casey. While enjoying the views you can hear the children screaming from the halls of the dark, abandoned Fort.

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Whidbey Island, thanks. It’s been real.

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Penumbra Beer Bash

The first Penumbra Beer Bash was amazing. Everything went smooth. The beer flowed like a river of deliciousness and the bands were entertaining to say the least. I produced a video from the event. I hope you enjoy.

Music: “Haunt Me” by Prism Tats

We get sleepy in the winter. It is dark and cold and wet. We see less shows, see less of our friends, and conserve energy to use in those far-distant five days of summer. To hell with all that! Let’s get drunk on good beer, dance to awesome music and celebrate the LAST WEEKEND of Winter in Seattle at a crazy underground events space strategically located right behind Mt. Baker Light rail.

American Hipster Presents: Seattle

There’s a new show on YouTube called American Hipster Presents. I stumbled upon the Linda Derschang episode last night. They’re well produced videos about a community I love so much. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Linda Derschang – American Hipster Presents #35 (Seattle – Social Life)

If you’re from Seattle I’m sure a lot of you know of Linda’s in Capitol Hill. Take a peek into Seattle’s night life with Linda Derschang, owner of Linda’s and others.

KeseyPollock & Melting Bodies – American Hipster Presents #32 (Seattle – Art)

I absolutely love this art and can’t wait for their show in spring of 2013.

Marian Built – American Hipster Presents #34 (Seattle – Style)

Reused furniture builder… similar to Electric Coffin.

Bumbershoot – American Hipster Presents #33 (Seattle – Music)

Rachel’s Ginger Beer – American Hipster Presents #31 (Seattle – Food)

Their ginger beer is great and if you live in Capitol Hill I’m sure some of you know of Montana. Great people.

Christmas Was Good To Me

This year I decided to make an Amazon wish list to aid the people in my life who would be getting me gifts. It paid off big time. Everything I got I loved. The Amazon Wish List Chrome Plugin is a nice helper when bookmarking stuff you want on your list. I made out big time. Some gifts I love are the Akai MPK49, James Jean “Rebus” book & James Jean “RIFT” accordion book. Hope your Christmas was merry and have a great new year!

Miscellaneous Snowboarding Debauchery From The 2010/2011 Season

Snowboarding at Stevens Pass on January 8th, 2011

We went all over the mountain in this video. The cat track jumping at the end was especially fun.

Music:
The Smiths – “Ask (Demo)”

Snowboarding in the backcountry @ Stevens Pass – February 19th, 2011

We had a great day building a kicker in the backcountry of Stevens Pass.

Music:
Sun Airway – “American West”

Snowboarding @ Grand Targhee Resort – March 6th, 2011

We had a great first day snowboarding in Wyoming at Grand Targhee Resort. We hiked Mary’s Nipple a couple of times and had a lot of fun all over the resort.

Music:
“Screws Get Loose” – Those Darlins
“Throwing Shade” – Abe Vigoda
“Standing At the Station” – Ty Segall

Snowboarding in the backcountry @ Jackson Hole – March 9th, 2011 (extended cut)

We spent the day with backcountry guide Brendan Burns. Awesome guy and great guide. We rode No Shadows/Cody Bowl, Four Pines, Rock Springs, Green River, & Split Rock.
(This is the extended cut with footage from the whole day)

Music:
“Silver Screen” by the Beat Connection
“Take Me In” – Wild Nothing
“What a Pleasure” – Beach Fossils
“New Theory” – Washed Out

Enjoying Stevens Pass Springfest 2011 (Debauchery & Pond Skim)

Max and friends enjoyed a snowy day of springfest. Enjoying some brews with the van bros, some sweet lines in the park and a nice smooth skim across the pond… what more could you ask for?

Snowboarding at Stevens Pass – February 13th, 2011

Our friend Brendan was in from Philly. We had a great day on the mountain. Chris, Rob and myself took an avalanche awareness class at Stevens Pass the day before. The class was great and definitely makes me feel a lot more comfortable hiking into the backcountry. Chris and I have been trying our hand at snow shoeing and also got our beacon/probe/shovel set. I can’t wait for Jackson Hole.

The track in the video is “Edge of Extremes” by Clubfeet.