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_kparker  Eat well, travel often. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པ་དྨེ་ཧཱུྃ

Saturdays.

Arctic conditions on the bay this morning with @nmercuri.

Thankful for views and sunsets like these. Tahoe is beautiful.

For the birds.

The last three days have left me feeling inspired and extremely grateful. Not only was this my first visit to Yosemite, but spending three days in the valley with a dozen North Face pro athletes along with another thirty employees was an unforgettable experience.
I took this photo of Half Dome along a 14.5 mile hike around the panoramic loop, and then later got to hear Jim Zellers tell the story of when he became the first (and maybe only person) to snowboard down the back side of the dome.
#neverstopexploring #2016rddtrip

Bokehset.

Classic.

I've always hated running. It sucks. It's just never made any sense to me how running along sidewalks through neighborhoods is fun or relaxing.
Trail running, on the other hand, does not suck. Exploring trails like this one, just 5 minutes from our doorstep, is amazing.
After not running for probably two years, I've done 15 miles this week so far, and it feels really good.

Never tire of this backyard view. Mount Tamalpais, some fog, and an ugly sunset.

7 1/2 hours on a 4 inch tall wooden stool
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Grace is the grand neice of Apo Whang Od, who began apprenticing with Apo nearly 10 years ago - at 11 years old. She will be one of two people to continue this tradition of batok tattooing, along with Elyang, her 17 year old cousin
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Despite there being nearly 1000 people in the village, tradition says that that only someone from a mambabatok's lineage can be trained to tattoo. It Is believed that a tattoo from someone who is not a blood relative to a master will become badly infected
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The difference of tattooing style between Grace and Whang Od, in the technique and artwork, is clear. Whang Od strikes with force when she tattoos - something that visibly apparent in the facial expressions of people during the first few moments into receiving a tattoo. The thorn will often get stuck in your skin, pulling the skin up between strokes, before having it struck back down into the exact same place again, often several times in a row before it detaches. The result can be seen here - Whang Od's lines are bold and thick, and her lines are much less precise. Grace is much more exacting with her style - the lines are fine and perfect, and her striking is much lighter
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I'm extremely grateful to have the privilege to be tattooed by both Grace and Whang Od on one collaborative piece. There was a strange sense of calm and excitement not knowing what either of them would be tattooing on my arm, as I let them both choose the designs. They planned each pattern, each line, and each stroke with care. Each design was hand drawn with a dried piece of grass, as seen here. Every so often, they would stop, look it over, and sometimes redraw a design to make sure it was perfect.

Honored.

24 hours of flight, 10 hours in a van, 30 minutes on the back of a 125cc scooter, and an hour hike through the mountains. Six years in the making, @nmercuri and I finally made the journey to Buscalan Villiage to meet 98 year old Apo Whang Od, the last living mambabatok (master traditional Kalinga tattoo artist). Originally reserved for Kalinga warriors and headhunters, tattoos were used to symbolize victories in battle. Apo Whang Od has been tattooing for over 80 years, using only pine ash, water, two pieces of bamboo and a pomelo thorn
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Many tourists came and went during our three day stay - some without ever getting tattooed, only because they didn't want to wait around for a few hours, or even an extra day. Given Whang Od's age, she can only tattoo a few people a day, and often will take days off to rest. We waited patiently, and didn't get tattooed for the first day and a half of our visit, which gave us plenty of time to explore and learn about the history of the village from Gilbert, our local guide. He took us up and down the rice terraces, to the schools, to the medical clinic, and to meet many of the elders. We spent hours sitting around talking and laughing. There is no wifi, no internet, no cell service, and it was wonderful - it forces you to connect directly with the people around you in a way that is almost a distant memory for most of us
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I'm grateful to have had the opportunity just to meet her. Being tattooed her was something that I've dreamt about for years - something that I'd maybe do one day. Make a list of your 'one day' things and start doing them. Break it down into smaller steps and start making it happen - it's likely much easier than you'd expect. The journey will be just as valuable as the actual accomplishment
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Continued in Part 2.

Sustainence.
We met an elderly couple, the in-laws of our guide, who lived in a village at the base of the Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue, Philippines.

In 95+ degree heat, she taught us to pound and hull rice, which we obviously had never done before, given the amount of rice that went flying out of the stone mortar with each stroke.
After finishing the hulling process, she brought us a coffee mug full of homemade rice wine. Despite the heat, we drank the whole mug as to not offend her. After finishing, we thanked her, and told her how delicious it was.
She then ran off, only to return a few minutes later with another full size coffee mug, brimming of rice wine and a big grin on her face. So, naturally, we had to finish that one as well, before insisting that we needed to head out, in the interest of self preservation, knowing that sure she'd return with a third mug.

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