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Lured by its pristine Alaska air and a class one air shed, I boarded the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage headed to Denali National Park, home to vast wilderness, wildlife, and the largest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, or Denali as the Koyukon Athabaskan natives named the 20,320 foot masterpiece.
I arrived yesterday to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, a beautiful property located steps from the Nenana river and a path leading into the Denali National Park where I'm headed today.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about the music of Denali: tweeting birds, whistling leaves, and the soft squish of stepping on tundra off the path of civilization as I go deeper into the wild land of the midnight sun. This trip, I'll save my best stories for last, as I embrace my now opportunities. So until later, breathe easy and make life an adventure!
Check out http://www.nps.gov/dena for more information. In favor of saving space while packing, I'm typing on an iPad, which is to say, I hope the formatting here remains pleasing to your eye.
I needed a multi-season lightweight hiking boot with super-ankle-support for steep inclines and uneven terrain, great traction for Southern California's drought-driven dry gravel yet able to handle rainy-Pacific-Northwest-muddy trails while keeping my feet dry. Is that asking too much?
I found the Salomon Comet 3D GTX Hiking Boot. And I'm glad I did. Let me tell you about these boots lined with keep-me-dry-in-the-rain-Gore-Tex yet breathable too! And for women they come in two colors, including feminine pinkish purple detailing.
Running true to size, this pair took me no time to break in. They were comfortable, feeling light and sturdy on my first hike at Will Rogers State Park, above a beautiful Los Angeles. It was a warm, humid day and despite conditions, my feet did not heat up due to the breathable material. I felt "safe" with the ankle support given areas on the trail can get gravely, rocky.
Stop the heat! I'm not talking baking under the California sun where trees beg for water under barren skies but rather that heat on your lap after hours typing on a laptop! Stop wondering if typing on a laptop MAY harm your health in the way of the cigarette - once harmless, later double crossed danger! Today we're going to find out if the HARApad Root 2.0 laptop radiation and heat shield works at keeping your radiation exposure minimized.
First a little background: My interest in unseen air pollution brought me to study radiation like a layman, I mean, lay-woman. There are multiple types of radiation in our world beyond the Fukishima dose that circled the globe. They include common daily exposures from the sun and beyond: electromagnetic, microwave, and radiofrequency (RF) fields. One way to mitigate exposure to wireless, microwave, and especially electromagnetic exposure at home and on-the-go for devices like my MacBook Pro is considering a laptop shield like HARApad Root 2.0.
I spoke to HARApad co-owner, Mark Kramer, who told me,
"In addition to shielding three types of radiation, the HARApad also serves as an attractive flat wood "pad" for a laptop's stability. The main benefit though is that the HARApad almost completely wipes out the electromagnetic field and it helps minimize wifi but won't block wifi entirely."
Ok, let's test the HARApad's electromagnetic field protection!
Does the HARApad work at shielding radiation?
I used this E.L.F. Zone electromagnetic field detector with green safe, yellow caution, and red danger! modes.
You be the judge.
Macbook Pro without protection
Danger Light Under My Laptop
GREEN IS SAFE! Under HARApad and Laptop
HARApad Elite 2.0 (Made in USA) Under My Laptop
CAUTION! Testing Radiation Under My Laptop and Personal Pad
My Personal Laptop Pad, Made-In-China (Means this came over in a polluting ship)
The radiation shield (lead and tungsten-free) attracts low frequency (ELF) radiation emitted by laptop computers, creating a path of least resistance for the radiation to travel. This radiation flows in a loop from your laptop through the HARApad and back into the laptop instead of your body.
According to different studies including information published on WebMD, laptop radiation exposure may lead to lower sperm counts in men, and potential cancers in both sexes. For more health impacts information, click here.
Harapad comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and soon will be available for notebooks like the iPad.
Check out Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park! They are Up! UP! in my favorite getaways stratosphere. And the higher you go, the cleaner the air!
IN the not too distant past, I was developing a Chasing Clean Air TV show with a local PBS station to be distributed to sister stations. While that's currently not happening, I'll continue to share clean air beauty and favorite getaways like Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
This is my first 26-minute episode shot and edited in March 2013, mostly by me - so go easy! :-) I call it Donna Barnett's Chasing Clean Air: Three Rivers. You'll see the area's beauty steeped in pioneer and Native American history and hear awesome original theme music by Canadian composer/singer Paul Malysa. An upbeat, hopeful climate change song.
This Chasing Clean Air episode is also available for viewing on the ValleyPBS website. ValleyPBS by You; Health & Wellness.
IT keeps drinks cooler longer, is bpa-free, and according to HydraPak, the new Wooly sports bottle is their most technically advanced insulated product yet. Keeps refreshments hot or cold. Perfect for summer camping when daytime often means bring on the cold beverage, and a night time campfire calls for hot chocolate, coffee, or tea!
With its spill proof bite valve, Camelbak Eddy looks good in its deep gray top. But does it perform? I spill. I spill with this bottle. I spill often. A recent purchase, I can't recommend though many people love this bottle. Perhaps you can teach me how this technology works!
Kleen Kanteen just may be my winner for durability and good clean taste. I drop this bottle on planes, trains, and buses - call me a klutz, but it still provides great tasting water with no gimmicks.
I also really like Nalgene BPA-free bottles with a closure to protect the area you sip. Nalgene bottles fit well, as does Kleen Kanteen and Wooly, in my backpack sleeves.
The big glass bottle in blue trim is made of glass, no leeching from plastics or metals, bought at Whole Foods. I like it. Clean, good tasting water. I bring this bottle dancing because it packs well in my dance shoe bag, not as easily in my hiking backpack - also when backpacking I prefer lighter bottles like Nalgene, and soon I'll try out a new hydration pack that fits my new Osprey.
Until next time, breathe easy and make life an adventure!
To stay connected with my search for clean air & solutions to air pollution...
About 10 miles north of San Francisco, I hiked with a local friend to West Point Inn - a 110 year old cabin maintained for public use by volunteer inn keepers. On the upper south slope of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, the wood cabin towers above Marin County with vistas including Mt. Diablo, San Francisco skyline, Sausalito, Richmond Bridge and blue skies. Kind'a made me feel like an eagle soaring above it all.
We arrived to the West Point Inn on a rather gentle trail with a semi-steep switch back only on last 1/4 mile. Native flowers, trees, and deer were seen along the way. At one point, my friend slipped and fell on the trail because of either an untied shoelace or tree root, which I only mention to remind you to be careful where you step when hiking. And make sure your hiking boots have excellent tread!
In addition to beautiful views, we were met by friendly locals who'd brought their lunches to enjoy and this week's local inn keeper, Don.
I'm on a hiking kick, learning what my body needs on trails depending on weather, duration, and conditions. The most important gear are sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, and the right backpack.
SteriPEN offers a lightweight portable device to zap water clean with ultraviolet (UV) light!
Many cities worldwide have used UV light to keep their water safe. And now individuals have the "cleaning" power in a hand-held SteriPEN.
Having the ability to turn contaminated water into safe drinking water is important for backcountry backpacking, travel to countries with poor water sanitation, and home emergency kits, especially for those of us in earthquake country.
UV light can destroy germs' ability to reproduce and make us sick. I am told that it destroys 99.999% of bacteria. 99.999% of viruses and 99.9% of protozoa, including Giardia. What's a protozoa? Giardia? The names alone - I don't want to drink 'em!
Ok. Let's get something straight. I was never a girl scout. No preconceived ideas about how things are done in the wild. Until now, that is, now that I'm researching the hows and wherefores of backcountry backpacking and getting prepared for bugs, varying weather conditions, food, and, most importantly, hydration.