And there his worship sat in state,
In doublet, and trunk-hose
And quaffed a cup of good old wine,
To warm his good old nose
Like a fine old English gentleman,
All of the olden time.
– Henry Russell
Up early this morning and planning to get out on the trails as soon as it warms up a bit. I’ve been spending the pre-dawn hours doing a bit of clean up work on old Quix posts. When you have 104 pages covering 5 years and 1,549 posts (ah, 1,550 posts counting this one) things get quite messy and it can take some time to bring it up to date. Now you may wonder if it’s worth it. That’s what crossed my mind too, but in going back over all the old posts I’ve found that for the most part all those articles about kit and practice are mostly just as current as if I had written them today. In fact maybe a bit more helpful in that at the time I was taking many of those things on for the first time myself.
One past post that stuck out to me was one I had written in May of 2005 called PFDs & Revolutions. Not simply because the article opened with a quick trek through my warped mind but that the following discussion about PFDs (Which we now call “Life Jackets”…again) would be a rather appropriate post today. In fact it seems almost every year we could talk about choosing a PFD and the sort of kit we should carry on our body at all times. It’s amazing how often you read stories about people getting separated from their kayaks and having no signaling device on their person. Extending on this idea was a contribution by ACA Coach John Browning in the post “Be Still My Beating Heart“. In this post I get side tracked (as I often do) by an annual physical before John shares with us the contents of his PFD pockets and some great insight into the reasons for each item.
As I sort through those past years I can see why almost 50% of the website traffic each day are folks finding all this earlier information as they begin to research their newly found passion. All the more reason to go back and make sure it’s presentable. Sure takes a lot of time though!