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Maureen Whiting is a dancer, choreographer and mathematician extraordinaire. Based in Seattle, she founded a dance company in 1997. Through it, she has researched, reflected, and pushed the ways in which the human body moves in response to it’s emotions, intertwining it with “interlocking structures and theoretical systems” that echo her respect for mathematics. She has a thirst for life and for truth and is so inspiring in all of her endeavors, from her art to her crazy collection of leg-wear to her role as a Mom. You can find her strolling the city streets with her boys, dancing it up at Bollywood events, or hunting for exotic spices at Indian markets. If you ever have the chance to see her company perform, DO IT. You will be so glad that you did. It will open your mind to something completely new and entirely amazing.


1. What skill do you want to learn?

Rock climbing and speaking Hindi

2. Food and drink you don’t want to live without?

Wine and Sushi and Indian spices

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

Any child getting hurt or terrified

4. Your favorite party supply?

Wine and good home made soup or homemade anything and of course cheese

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Ramayana

6. Describe your dream party place.

Overlooking the ocean or on the ocean

7. What is the evil version of you like?

Brandishing a sword and using it to threaten people like an out of control angry destructive Indian Goddess.  Looking ugly as I scream the (what I think is) the truth!

8. What gives you confidence?

Good energy in my body and a good dress with a pair of boots.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.

Positive and relaxed energy, a welcoming space with candles lit, free flowing wine, the smell of good homemade food, and excellent subtle party dj music.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

Welcoming and stress free (very hard to achieve!) and generous.

11. Favorite adventure supply?
Bus fare train fare plane fare for anywhere

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

A Parisian disco with different themed rooms for dancing or relaxing with friends

13. Hotel room or campsite?

A hotel room

14. Do you have a style icon?

Not in this era, I liked the models of the 80s.  All stars seem too conservative to me.  Most likely Bjork.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

Mauritius and Dehli with husband and family

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?

How to live in a present way each day with a good dose of humor and simple easy daily meditation/ visualization techniques

17. Your motto?

As a mom: “Vamanos a la playa” in other words let’s forget the stress for awhile and remember nature and the wonders of the world which could be a walk to the grocery store or going to the beach.  The world is full of simple gifts.

18. What is your spirit animal?

Snowy Owl

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Fredericks & Mae is the art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen.  The two met though a shared love for materials – Fredericks & Mae started in the piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper that decorated their first studio in 2007.  Their collaborative practice has since evolved into a series of objects for the home, garden and sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more about their handmade arrows in The Adventure Store!

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?

Rope making

2. Food and drink you don’t want to live without?

Picnic plate + Beer

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

Non-consensual hand amputation / everybody is mean

4. Your favorite party supply?

May pole

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Kitefolio: the history and craft of ancient kites

6. Describe your dream party place.

The location where “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root was filmed.

7. What is the evil version of you like?

They are called Little Shit & Mean Mommy. They are us at our brattiest.

8. What gives you confidence?

Lady Gaga’s fans.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.

Tightly choreographed group dancing, matching outfits, Kool-Aid and boundless freedom.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

Good hair.

11. Favorite adventure supply?

XL Catamaran.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

Christmas morning.

13. Hotel room or campsite?

Hotel room. But a really nice hotel room. Maybe in a tree house.

14. Do you have a style icon?

Michelle Obama.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

The Isle of Lesbos

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world, ever, what would you teach?

Radical self appreciation.

17. What is your motto?

“We need so many more feathers”.

18. What is your spirit animal?

Bird of Paradise.

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Over the weekend Mary and I headed south out of Mexico City to Cuernavaca with the intention of catching a bus out to the Cacahuamilpa Caves. The cave bus had left hours before we got there so we decided to just stick around Cuernavaca for the day.

Cuernavaca has been a settlement in some capacity for more than 3000 years and was colonized in the 16th century by the terribly successful Spanish conquistador Cortés. (There is a giant and frightening black-iron statue of Cortés near his giant and frightening palace.) It is a wonderfully verdant area and the city itself is full of plazas, narrow streets and tall adobe brick buildings, a very pristine example of the Spanish Colonial style. La Asunción, the 16th century cathedral built by Cortés, looms large over the city.

Formerly the cloister and observatory of La Asunción, the building that houses Museo Robert Brady was bought in 1960 by Brady himself; it was his new home. He proceeded to fill it to the gills with his massive personal collection of art from around the world and across the ages. Mary and I were stunned. 6th century Italian mosaics, Frida Kahlo originals, tribal art from Africa to the Pacific Northwest, pieces that felt more often like artifact than art. Truly a museum. The building itself, decorated in bright colors and exquisite furniture, was just as amazing as the collection. Mary and I bounced from room to room, slowly piecing together the amazing life Brady must have had. Years of travel grew his collection to an almost obsessive scale and his own art dotted throughout the collection; in the bright-orange and yellow kitchen hung a 4 foot tall painting of his cook. Personal photographs in hutches showed a handsome and mustachioed Brady posing with once-famous celebrities and foreign dignitaries. Brady passed in 1986 having lived, no doubt, a charmed life.

The extant of his collection and beauty of the home left Mary and I both giddy, day dreaming about living in such an amazing home filled with so much wonderful art. We wandered around Cuernavaca, dipping into gardens and cafes for long chats in the shade, finishing the afternoon with bottles of Victoria out front of a little bar. We headed back to Mexico City in the back seat of our friends car with the windows down and the sky glowing red in sunset, an hour drive.

-Gregory

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This week we’re bringing to you the ADVENTURER PROFILE of Mike Ewaliko! Some of you might remember him for his former football days, when he played for UW as a defensive lineman (WHOA!). More recently, Mike, has turned to his love of surfing and has developed surfboard shaping machines and, our favorite, the SKUPBOARD. Taking one of his surfboard designs and scaling it down to about longboard size, Mike added a revolutionary wheel and base system that allows the rider to be able to turn the board by using his or her legs and core, similar to surfing. It is the ultimate paddle, surf and fitness training board, not to mention how it carries the theme of ADVENTURE.

We have a demo in our office should anyone be interested in coming by and seeing it in person… you might catch Mike or one of his friends showing us how it’s done!

 

1 what skill do you want to learn?
Patience

2 food and drink you don’t want to live without?
Meat and Beer

3 the scariest thing you can think of?
Mcdonalds

4 your favorite party supply?

Ice

5 your favorite book of the moment?
Designing Autonomous Mobile Robots By John Holland

6 describe your dream party place.
Rehab Las Vegas

7 what is the evil version of you like?
A hungry Hulk

8 what gives you confidence?
Smiles

9 name four essential elements of a good party.
Whats up with all these party questions?? LOL… I guess you would need some good beverages…

10 what do you appreciate most about a party host?
A clean bathroom

11 favorite adventure supply?
One of my boards

12 describe the best party you ever attended.
Greek Week UW 1993

13 hotel room or campsite?
houses, 2 city blocks

14 do you have a style icon?
Thumbs down icon

15 where is your next adventure destination?
WHEREVER I MAY ROAM

16 if you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
How to navigate away from my mistakes

17 what is your motto?
Take advantage of the seconds you have, they are quickly ticking away..

18 what is your spirit animal?
The shark


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When I was a freshman in college I took a course in the History of Travel. I know what you’re thinking: easy course to fill a credit. Could be true… Maybe initially. It actually proved to be one of the more enjoyable classes I’d taken because it was so darn informative, as well as being fun and creative and imaginative. We read The Travels of Sir John Mandeville and The Turkish Embassy Letters by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and wrote a ginormo end-of-semester paper on the concept of the Armchair Traveler. I hadn’t heard this term– The Armchair Traveler– before the History of Travel, but it stuck with me. An Armchair Traveler doesn’t have to be taken in the literal sense, of course. One is able to become it through food and cooking, for instance, which is how I think of it most often.

Themed dinners are big in our house (er, apartment). On Sunday we decided to go with an Eastern European theme. We put together a menu that reflected its cuisine, while keeping in mind that we would be hosting some guests who are vegetarian and others who are gluten-free: a meatless borscht, latkes made with cornmeal in lieu of flour, cucumber salad, a braised leek & spring onion tart made with almond flour (OK, not necessarily within the theme, but it was delicious), and a flourless chocolate cake, which was made by Aviva. We also served vodka in cups made from halves of limes that had been pulped and turned inside out. This sounds a little funny, but was the perfect after dinner sipper.

We also made our own condiments for the latkes, which included an applesauce with raisins and rosemary, dilled sour cream, and a kumquat-thyme-vermouth compote.

While we might have digressed from the initial theme, the meal carried us through another culture by way of its food.

We froze an entire bottle of vodka in a big block of ice which we decorated with slices of lemon and sprigs of herbs.

Lime skin turned inside-out from which to sip vodka.

Aviva brought us this magic crystal tree. We started it at the beginning of the evening and watched it grow over our dinner. By the next morning it looked like this!

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Little Print House is an artistic partnership of real-life partners Greg and Kelly. They’ve chosen an inspired path in their little house: sharing the prints of original art, photos, and everything else in between. Themes of evolution, nature, the Pacific Northwest, family, cats, old-time romantic life, and love echo throughout their work. Greg helms the wheel, driving the creative force. Kelly helps to keep things flowing. Together, they love to highlight their honest experience of life through their photography.

Their Snow Leopard, Toma-Hawk, and My Doe (currently on sale!) prints are available in The Adventure Store! *Fun fact: Greg did the web layout and design for the store, too!

 

 

 

 

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?

Pottery-making, we are taking a class in the spring.

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?

Food is a very close tie between popcorn and pizza. Drink would be beer! We love a good sour ale.

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

Spiders! Or any creepy crawler, we are not fans.

4. Your favorite party supply?

Vetiver and any other mellow mood music.

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

We’re both reading Let the Great World Spin to each other and enjoying it immensely.

6. Describe your dream party place.

Summertime setting at Hog Island Oyster in Marshall, California. Sun + BBQ’d oysters + beer + friends = HEAVEN!

7. What is the evil version of you like?

They hate cats, bikes, and beer!

8. What gives you confidence?

We give each other confidence, loving our life and living it authentically!

9. Name for essential elements of a good party.

Plenty of ice, amazing food, not too harsh of lighting, friends galore.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

How he/she/they can balance hosting, enjoying everyone, and managing to eat and drink! The balance is crucial and very admirable.

11. Favorite adventure supply?

Our cameras! Plus a blanket for impromtu picnic.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

Kelly recently had the pleasure of celebrating her favorite adventurer’s birthday in Seattle. It was hosted at the adventurer’s favorite wine bar and the event was full of amazing people, conversation, celebration, tears, and wine + food!

13. Hotel room or campsite?

YURT! Kelly would probably say hotel room, Greg would be happy with either!

14. Do you have a style icon?

Marcel Duchamp for his originality and fearlessness. Kelly would also say Vivienne Westwood for the same reasons.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

We will be heading to the Bay Area for a week-long wedding adventure in May. We’re hoping to squeeze in a jaunt in Hawaii over the summer, fingers crossed.

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world, ever, what would it be?

Greg: printmaking! Kelly: ribbon-tying or how to make the best popcorn you’ve ever had!

17. What is your motto?

We are in this together.

18. What is your spirit animal?

Greg: lion. Kelly: deer.

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