Weekend reading: Climber’s dynos, remajestification

Here’s a little weekend reading to keep you entertained in those times when you can’t be outside having adventures.

Beachgoers in Spain discovered a krakken, I mean, a giant squid washed up on the shore. Click here to see it in all its horrifying, fascinating glory. The author of the story notes that officials have frozen the “colossal cephalopod” while trying to decide what to do with it. Doesn’t that phrase — colossal cephalopod — just inspire the imagination?

The National Parks are all closed, a result of the federal government shutdown. But perhaps, as The Onion reports, they just needed an excuse for the “remajestification” that the parks need annually. “‘These meadows aren’t going to sun-dapple themselves,’ Sequoia National Park superintendent Karen Taylor-Goodrich told reporters Monday. ‘Just today, I was on Moro Rock looking at the Western Divide and the resplendence factor was maybe three out of 10 — hardly jaw-dropping awe.’”

This video highlights the sights — and more importantly the sounds — of Olympic National Park.

“Enjoy the symphony of nature in one of the most acoustically diverse wilderness areas of the country as we follow the wilderness cry from the alpine region of the Olympic Mountains down through the canopies of the old growth forests and temperate rainforest into the raging waters of the wilderness coast.”

If you like those sounds, check out this collection of the natural sounds from Olympic National Park. It’s beautiful and soothing. The recordings were made as a part of the One Square Inch of Silence effort.

This 60-second video shows climbers performing dynos — in lay terms a leap to reach the next handhold. It’s part of a series of 60-second videos called Pause. They show gorgeous natural places and crazy adventurers.

PAUSE 8 from PAUSE on Vimeo.

If you like bears, you should click here to see some amazing photos from Alaska. (Note: This link goes to Deadspin. Sometimes, Deadspin has a potty mouth. You’ve been warned.)

I dare you to look at these photos at not feel yourself relax a bit. They’re a series of winter photos from Finland.

Talk to us

More in Life

Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche. Ceviche includes raw seafood — in this case, shrimp — that is “cooked” with lime juice, so buying good-quality fresh shrimp is a key element of this recipe. Those with health concerns prohibiting them from consuming raw seafood can saute the chopped shrimp in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and then chill in the refrigerator before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. (Lauren J. Mapp/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Pineapple recipes offer a slice of summer sunshine

Here are three tropical dishes that either don’t need to be cooked or don’t require turning on the oven.

USA, Washington, Royal Slope. Glamping at Stillwater Creek vineyard
Northwest’s sauvignon blanc offers summertime refreshment

This white wine is ideal alongside grilled chicken, sushi or poached white fish, lentils and green vegetables.

Queso fundido with chorizo
Queso fundido with chorizo is the Mexican version of fondue

The hot dip made with ooey gooey cheeses is the perfect way to kick off a meal of tacos or enchiladas.

Lamb Cumin Miso Donburi With Onsen Tamago. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Richard Vines
A Japanese rice bowl with lamb and egg from a London chef

The egg is the trickiest part. If you haven’t poached an egg this way before, it’s worth practicing ahead of time.

After the house became too noisy during pandemic mayhem, this working mom moved her office to the driveway. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Her pop-up home office makes pandemic life easier — and quieter

After the house became too noisy, this working mom found silence in the tent trailer on the driveway.

Neuschwanstein, “Mad” King Ludwig’s dream. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rick Steves revisits three enchanted German castles

The nation’s castles date back to medieval times, and today serve as amusement parks and classrooms.

New: Try our online puzzles

These are quick and fun, and you can play on your mobile device or your computer.

Having trouble concentrating? Put down the phone! (Dreamstime)
Making the most of your reading time during the pandemic

By Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune By Laurie Hertzel / Star Tribune (Minneapolis)… Continue reading

Dr. Paul on telemedicine and the changing face of health care

Hundreds of patients are seeing their doctors through video visits because of the pandemic. There will be no going back.

Most Read