Follow me on Twitter

26 02 2009

In addition to Facebook, Myspace, Linked In, I am now on Twitter.  You can follow me at:

www.twitter.com/naturallybamboo

This is where I will post daily updates of what is going on with the company and some snipits of outdoor activities.  Enjoy!





Production time – maybe?

24 02 2009

I was supposed to be up in Savage today overseeing the spring 2009 production for several of our retail accounts.  However, our fabric has yet to arrive from Canada and I am hoping that we can get started tomorrow.  I am also crossing my fingers that there is not another fabric delay like last time – it was either issues with customs or DHL or maybe both.

So instead, I took Noah down to Sibley park and zoo.  It just has a few animals – goats, alpacas, minature horses and cows (wow, like we don’t see those often in southern Minnesota).  Here’s some pics of me along with Noah and my niece Jocelyn.  Check out the mittens I am wearing, they are from Northland Woolen Mills in Nelson, MN and are made of natural fibers from recycled wool sweaters. They are hand pieced together and then finished by a local community of Amish women.   I like mine because they have a cool moose design.

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Let’s get it started with Noah

19 02 2009

here’s the latest update from Noah….

Cheers the Bamboo shirts are incredible.  I cut the sleeves of one and it makes  a great head band.  Maybe an idea to ponder for the future I have worn heaps of head bands and bandanas bust this one is by far the sweetest. No sweet super stretchy and heaps cool. Maybe with  a cool design i.e. rasta strip or something.  I think people would eat them up.

My first time to Singapore I discriminately blew right through it various means of mass transit and spent a whopping three hours in the fair city. I has heard that it was very industry and superficial (at first glance this appears true) it’s cut and dry. Large buildings, nice cars, and the antisepsis of every city in the States. Beneath the exterior lies a wonderful mixture of people who speak a large variety of languages. I had lunch and heard at least six different languages. I made a sweet friend FIfi who invited me sleep on here couch, which was great since the average guest house in Singapore is a cool 50 bones and my partner in Crime the Pomi grinder a.ka. Don Cross has seen me haggle over accommodation that is three dollars.  All of this despite the fact that I sighed at all the old timers who would tell me they paid 30 dollars ten years ago at the Sierra Vista( My grahms and Gramps motel where I grew up and spent a brief tenure as active Manager) if you ever pass through Wofford Heights, California and see the Sierra Vista Motel you should spend a night and tell who ever is running the place( It’s constant musical chairs of who in the family might be in the hotel office) Anyways way off subject.  Singapore solid place give it a chance if your ever around.

Has anyone ever noticed how jet lag only affects you when you fly east?  Twenty hours in the air and I’m feeling Fine, even considering the late night of drinking beers with newly acquired friends.  On to Malaysia.  Ha ri Mau Panas ( Tiger Sun ) Whew..  So having mexican blood and being from California I have never felt the need to where Sun block. Well this ideology backfires when you go from winter in Colorado to the Tropics…  Yea I got heaps burned, look like an scottish bloke after hanging out in the pub all day. There’s nothing like two hundred kms of headwind and variable hills to get the morale rolling to start my trip..
Despite feeling like a cast member of the poor freshman class in “Dazed and confused” for the few days. I’m loving the serenity of simply pushing along on my bicycle. Very Simple and cruisy, some cool beats, even breath and lovely scenery every where I look.
Malaysia had some beautiful people, they tend to be more reserved then other nationalities but beneath there soft spoken manner and poltite mannerisms lies a great people full of compassion for one another.  The only pulse raising experience came at night when on the beach a cobra slithered few a few inches of teh campfire I was lounging at…. across another Fairy to the Land of Smiles Thailand
There are some significant differences between these neighboring countries. For example in Malaysia there is absolutely no pornography of any sorts and you can find a beer except at Chinese restaurants. Within in my first few km’s on Thailand I was brought over to a home and immediately force feed three beers mandatory before I was allowed to leave. I also spent my first night in Thailand watching competing brothels trying to lure in customers. Despite it’s obvious sex industry that many westerens and myself included have a hard time condoning Thailand is an incredible place. There is something here in the air, even when there is a rather pungent undiscerable fould smell in , that makes your worries melt away and you cant help but smile. The language and spirit here is infectious and I cant help but feel at home.   My first afternoon I set up myu slack line and with in Minutes I had a dozen kids jumping and smiling, laughing and busting their ass. This gave way to a game of football (soccer for as of us americans) and as the sun relented and gave birth to the moon I had a wonderful Yoga practice.  Yes I do feel at home……
I can hear in the distance Pad ka Pow calling my name. So I will leave it here for now.

Triple Booya to all my friends and Fam bam around the World.
Nameste.

Keep smiling keep striving.

N

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Malay Cruising with Noah

19 02 2009

Good Day mates (Apa Kabar). How is everyone finding themselves today? or tonight? depending on what part of the world you find jah self on at the moment. i hope all of you find your self’s in  a good place both physically and spiritually. Anyways, for those of you who know me best you know that I’m navigating myself on my bicycle, that’s right my very own bicycle, i was about to borrow cross’ bows or the Eight Wonder of the Worlds for this expedition but I opted to get my own, through SE Asia. Today I’M in a small town Called Gundung in North east Malaysia. There is so much to say but so little enthusiasm on my part at the moment to write, I trying to find the best parts of my paper journal to transcribe how this country and first part of the trip has been. A good enough starting point could be the chaffing, yes the chaffing for those of you who have ridden a bike for 100 plus km’s a day for a week you would know what I’m referring to.  The predominately Muslim Pop here in Malaysia are quite wonderful people: soft spoken, humble and very happy (Gem bi ra). There is a stigma attached to the large Muslim population due to a few radical factions of Islam. I have found all the Muslims here very lovely.
I have had a lot of time to reflect, riding a bicycle for 5-8 hours a day leaves the mind quite busy to run freely and become nostalgic of past experiences and future expectations.  Many of you have been on my mind over the the past week and will continue to pop in from time to time I imagine.
Well I will be keeping this short I have a long distance to travel ans the sun is now directly over head (ha ri mau panas)   tiger sun: very strong.  Due to my adamant distaste for sun block i now have a large winged pattern of peeling skin on my backside. sweet!!!
Until next time keep in fresh and righteous.
Much Love and Bless
Noah

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Our first sponsored athlete

19 02 2009

So while I was out in Salt Lake City last summer for the Outdoor Retailer show, I happened to meet this crazy cool guy named Noah.  I believe I stuck a Naturally Bamboo sticker on him (along with many other partygoers) after the Rusted Root concert and he ended up hanging out with me and my posse the rest of the trip.  Anyhow, it turns out Noah is an avid outdoors person and lives for adventure.  He told me he was going on a 6000 mile bike tour across eastern Asia and that he happened to love bamboo clothing.  So of course I outfitted him with some bamboo tees and socks for his journey.  So enjoy periodic posts from Noah Noble – a Naturally Bamboo ambassador and extreme adventurer.





Planning for Puerto Rico – family adventure camping

13 02 2009

We have been looking at taking the boys camping somewhere this winter and are criteria were: somewhere warm and new to us, didn’t need passports, and good priced flights. We were set on going to Arizona, but flight prices weren’t working with our schedules.  After much research, we have finally booked our trip and are going to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We will be leaving on March 19 and returning March 24. I would like to go longer, but I didn’t want Kallen to miss too much school, and with a holiday in there, he will only be gone from the classroom for 3 days.

Now this is going to be a first time experience packing for a camping trip without a vehicle. I am used to having all kinds of room in our Yukon and now I have to learn to pack extra light since we are flying and will be moving between campsites. I sure am thankful that Jason has tons of experience portage packing for his Boundary Waters canoe trips – he knows how to pack only the essentials.

So far we have decided to bring these packs – my new Osprey daypack, Jason’s REI daypack, 2 REI and Kelty backpack carriers for the boys, and a rolling REI dufflebag/suitcase. I have made new friends with Heidi from www.outdoorbaby.net and I downloaded this list for camping with young children from her website. I deleted some items that don’t pertain to us, like mittens since the weather is 75-85 degrees year around in Puerto Rico.

1. Sleeping mat (We have 1 Big Agnes and will try and borrow 3 more from friends).

2. Sleeping bags (we will either bring sleeping bags or light blankets)

3. Tent (we are bringing our Kelty Mantra 5 person)

4. Matches and lighter (will buy these when we get there as to not get in trouble at the airport)

5. We are buying all of our food at local markets when we get there

6. Tarp

7. Stove, fuel, bowl, spoon, eco friendly soap and dish towel, knife (once again – will buy fuel once we get there – not good to bring to airport I think)

8. Water (we are camping at places with fresh water, so will just pack a few Camelbak bottles to fill up)

9. Two sets of shoes, socks and warm clothes for your child and yourself. (I am thinking of packing 2 tees, 2 shorts, one pair long pants, one long sleeve shirt, swimsuit, towels, my Keen hiking shoes and sandals – oh and probably some undies and my Naturally Bamboo socks of course).

10. Rain gear (mmm…have to think about this one and may just take our chances).

11. Trowel to dig a hole for your human waste. Read up on Leave no Trace before camping. (I’ll probably just use a stick).

12. Camp chair and head lamps (will be bringing 2 head lamps for sure – just purchased 2 Crazy Creek chairs, Jason got the original with a trout design and I opted for the hexalite long-back because it had extra back height and would be extra light for packing).

13. Bring one thing that your child will like to fall asleep with, a favorite book, teddy, etc to make them feel at home. (for our boys – their blankies are a must along with some small match box cars and books)

14. Diapers cloth or disposable. Should be kept in plastic bags seal each one for odor (Noah is about half-way potty trained right now. My goal is to not bring any diapers on this trip. At least we are going somewhere warm and he can run around in a swimsuit most of the day and we can rinse out as needed if there are accidents. I am worried about night time however. Maybe I will just pack a couple just in case.) Do not dispose of them in the woods. Flush human waste when you get home.

15. Plastic bags (check)

16. P-cord (not sure what this is – I’ll have to look it up)

17. First aid kit (good idea)

18. Something for shade if there will not be any natural shade (I’ll hide under a palm tree or the tarp)

19. Something for bugs – repellant you feel comfortable with or net ( I have some natural bug spray made by Earth something. The island we are spending part of our time on has lots of bugs I guess).

20. Sun hat and sun screen (yes -for everybody!)

This is just a starting list. Once we get closer, I will edit as necessary. I also hope to have new styles of Naturally Bamboo tees ready for our trip so me and Jason can do some gear testing.

Here is a link to a small island off of Puerto Rico that we plan on camping at for part of our trip: www.islaculebra.com. Here is a teaser picture – we can’t wait!

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St. Paul Winter Carnival

2 02 2009

We took the boys up to the St. Paul Winter Carnival this past weekend.  We went to Lake Phalaen and watched our first ice boat races, walked through the ice sculpture competition and then finished the day watching the torchlight parade.  It was such a gorgeous day (high 40’s and sunny) –  we were so thankful to spend the entire day outdoors.

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Me, Noah, Kallen and Maggie at the Ice Boat Races

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Kallen and Noah sitting on the King's ice throne