Listening to podcasts really helped pass the time on the roadtrip this past week.  I even think it helped me stay more alert while driving by keeping my mind engaged, rather than lulling it to sleep like radio music might. 

A few of my favorites from this trip:

This America Life: A great episode titled “Tarried and Feathered”, especially the story about the small town gossip website Topix.  

The Moth Radio Hour:  Great oral story telling.  This story Millionaire Hot Seat will warm your heart. 

Dinner Party Download: Fun pop culture talk, with that intelligent slant you would expect from public radio. 

TED Radio Hour:  Brings TED talks to life on the radio with interviews with speakers.  They group talks into theme episodes to make a whole story out of several viewpoints. 

A relic from the past: Vidlers Five and Dime, East Aurora NY

Ted’s Hot Dogs, Buffalo NY

Letchworth State Park, Part 3

Letchworth State Park, Part 2

Letchworth State Park, Part 1

Pit stop at old barns and houses on our way to the State Park this morning. (with waxenneat)

Letchworth State Park, New York
With waxenneat


First glimpse of Everest with wind blowing off top. Pic of one of the bridges I crossed, not as bad as the one in Rio but it gets interesting when you meet a herd of yak coming the other way! Top tip,always stand next to the hill as there’s been a couple of deaths where they’ve inadvertently knocked people off, I’ve found walking poles useful to encourage them to give you more space. Been staying in Namche Bazaar for 2 days at 3,500m, which is around 11,500ft in old money. Acclimatisation going reasonably well, eating very well, in good shape, sleep could be better but always tricky as you ascend.

Nick Talbot is another a awesome person with CF who is taking on Everest! Bad ass.

Sadly Schwabl’s recently had a car hit their building and they were closed for construction! So I went to trusty yelp and found that Steve’s Pig and Ox Roast was also nearby.  In addition to beef, this place also serves chick, pork, or lamb on weck.  I went for the classic beef, piled on the horseradish and bit in, delicious!