The carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was studied in a group of 28 men living in a totally isolated environment for a year. Initially, nasal, axillary and perineal swabs were taken at weekly intervals, but from week 24 throat swabs were taken from known nasal carriers. Several attempts were made during the study to eradicate S. aureus. Eight subjects consistently carried their own phage type throughout the study, despite the application of antibacterial agents. In three subjects strains were isolated late in the study of a phage type which had either not been isolated before in this study, or had not been found for a prolonged period. Nine of the 12 nasal carriers also yielded S. aureus from the throat. It is apparent that following attempted eradication, S. aureus may seem to disappear, only to reappear some time later; ‘eradication’ in this case would be an erroneous appellation.
Oxford University Chancellor Chris Patten has condemned safe spaces and the practice of “noplatforming” at universities as “fundamentally offensive”.In a speech to the Oxford Union last week, Lord Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong and a former Conservative party chairman, said he felt “more strongly about this issue than almost any other at the moment”.He added: “I was in Hong Kong three or four weeks ago, talking to young men and women who face going to prison because they argue for free speech, and I come back to Britain and I find that people want universities to be full of safe spaces where you can’t speak your mind.“There is a huge difference between having an argument with someone and having a quarrel with them.“It’s one of the reasons that I find safe spaces at universities or no-platforming so fundamentally offensive.“It’s nothing to do with my view of what university should be like. The University should be regarded as liberal, with liberal values of free speech.”His comments come after a string of student campaigns to encourage safe spaces. Sussex University’s free speech society was recently told by the student union that its inaugural guest must submit his speech in advance for vetting, in case it violates their safe space policy.In his recent speech he described those who campaign for noplatforming, as engaging in “fascistic behaviour” and “denying one of the most important roles of a university in a free society”.A first-year PPE student who attended the speaker event added: “If people want small safe spaces within the University, I think that’s fine, but the University as a whole should be kept free.”The National Union of Students has a no-platforming policy to prevent “fascists and racists” from speaking and an official no platforming list which contains six groups, including the BNP and Al- Muhajiroun
“On behalf of all the LGBT Chechnyan people who will not have an opportunity to ask a question because they’re voiceless, I’d like ask you why nobody who’s perpetrated these crimes or has condoned them has been brought to justice, or faced any sort of criminal action, and also I’d like to ask you when the LGBTQ+ community in Russian will have their rights not only has citizens but as human beings.”His speech was met with an extended round of applause.The ambassador replied: “That is exactly what we’ve discussed with Elton John. He had a conversation with President Putin about this before. And later on, there were a lot of publications in Britain about the gay rights, and all this. By the way I have a lot of friends who are gays [sic]. I have no problem with that.”He added: “If you live in Russia and you are gay, or in the so-called minority communities, you have all the rights the same as the others.”Another student asked Yakovenko if he agreed with claims made by Chechnya’s leader that the region does not have any gay people.“Well, I don’t know,” Yakovenko said. “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya.”He added: “Probably the numbers of gays, [sic] they are not as high as in Europe. That’s why it’s a different issue”, before claiming nobody had complained about the treatment of gay minorities.The Union president, Gui Cavalcanti, asked him if people were too afraid to speak out.“No, no, no. Nobody’s afraid. We have so many gays [sic] for example if you go to Moscow. You have the gay sport, it’s just a normal way of life. Angered students confronted the Russian ambassador to the UK on Tuesday, as the Oxford Union faced criticism for hosting both “a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime” as well as “an abhorrent transphobe” either side of Oxford Pride.On Tuesday, Alexander Yakovenko was forced to defend Russia’s record on LGBTQ+ rights, as students questioned him on the Russian state’s reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.The ambassador provoked widespread criticism when he denied there was an issue, claiming: “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya”.Meanwhile, Germaine Greer – who has previously said transgender women “can’t be women”, and who provoked protests the when she spoke in Oxford in 2015 – will speak at the society next week.A Union spokesperson told Cherwell that it was “unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’”.During his speech, Russian ambassador Yakovenko spoke of his national pride, showing a four minute film displaying some of the highlights of the country – complete with orchestral soundtrack and English voiceover – and ending with a Russia-themed quiz. Russia goodie bags were awarded to the winners, and to Union president Gui Cavalcanti.However, when the question and answer session began, he was confronted by several members over Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ+ communities in Chechnya, where authorities have reportedly round up and tortured more than 100 gay men. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Keir Mather, a History and Politics student at Wadham, said: “Ambassador, I’m a gay man. And if I lived in Chechnya over the last year I would have run the risk of being imprisoned, and tortured, and possibly killed by either my family or the state. “It’s not something that’s a real problem in my country.”After the event, Mather wrote on Facebook: “Just had the chance to take the Russian Ambassador to the UK to task over the purge of gay people in Chechnya, asking him why no one who perpetrated or condoned these actions has been held responsible and when the LGBT+ community in Russia will have equal rights as citizens and human beings.“His response was beyond appalling. I’m still sat in the chamber and am fucking shook.”He added: “The lies, obfuscation, and complete lack of moral dignity displayed here tonight is appalling, but not surprising. The fact he’s been hosted during the same week as Oxford Pride is ridiculous.”Mather told Cherwell: “Ambassador Yakavenko’s visit to the Union was a farce. Instead of holding him and the government he represents to account, there were propaganda videos, quizzes, and goodie-bags. The Union justifies inviting controversial speakers like Ambassador Yakavenko by claiming that once there they will face scrutiny.“The events that took place showed they had little desire to hold Ambassador Yakavenko or the government he represents to account for their abhorrent human rights abuses.”“The Union’s decision to host the representative of one of the most repressive and homophobic states in the world on the same week as Oxford Pride is hugely insensitive.“To make matters worse, they are hosting Germaine Greer the week after Pride, an individual who has made dehumanising and downright dangerous comments about transgender women, and their rights as human beings.“If the Union prioritised making its events welcoming to LGBT+ members, they could have used the time either side of Pride week as an opportunity to have positive and meaningful discussions about LGBT+ issues, with LGBT+ people. Instead, they have chosen to invite a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime, and an abhorrent transphobe, putting headlines and hype above LGBT+ members.”A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “Regarding the timings and dates for our speaker events, we are usually restricted by our guest speakers’ availability in trying to find a mutually suitable date, given their incredibly busy schedule. It is unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’.“The Oxford Union did not extend an invitation to Germaine Greer. To clarify, Greer is participating in a televised event with the Al Jazeera Media Network, on their program ‘Head to Head with Mehdi Hasan’. This is a private hire, ticketed event which is open to all students, not just Union members. We are helping in the publicity of the event, as well as Dambisa Moyo’s on the 12th June, as it falls during term time.”
As the opioid epidemic surges, Alabama’s toxicologists are testing more blood samples from overdose victims to determine what drugs were in their bodies.But the results of those costly and time-consuming tests are not always ending up on death certificates. More often than not, when overdose victims are found to have multiple drugs in their bodies, coroners simply write “multiple drug toxicity” or “drug overdose” on the death certificate, says Alabama’s forensic science chief Michael Sparks.As a result, public health officials in Alabama and at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be left in the dark as to which drugs are causing the most deaths. The lack of specificity can hamper states in developing potentially life-saving strategies for preventing overdoses.Alabama was the least precise state when it came to drug overdose reporting in 2014, according to a CDC analysis of death certificate data from all 50 states.U.S. opioid overdose deaths, including prescription painkillers and heroin, exceeded 28,000 in 2014, with a one year increase of 14 percent.Eighty-one percent of all death certificates for a drug overdose listed the drugs involved. That number has grown in the last five years as states have stepped up efforts to include more details about overdoses to help develop strategies for quelling the opioid epidemic.“We’ve been saying drug overdoses were a problem since 2006, but it wasn’t until it got to much higher levels around 2010 that people started waking up and saying ‘Oh, we need to do something about this,’ ” said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch of the CDC.Still, it’s taken some states longer than others to relay the message to the coroners, physicians and medical examiners who fill out death certificates at the local level, he said.In Alabama, only 48 percent of death certificates mentioned the drugs involved in 2014, followed by Louisiana (49 percent), Indiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania (all 50 percent), Montana (63 percent), Idaho (64 percent) and Michigan and New Jersey (both 70 percent).In contrast, nine other states — Utah, New Mexico, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island — listed the drugs involved in fatal overdoses on 98 percent or more of death certificates.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Patisserie Holdings, owner of high street bakery Patisserie Valerie, saw ebitda increase 21.3% to £10.6m, and revenue grow 14% to £50m, up from £43.7m in the first half of the last financial year.Patisserie Holdings, the café and casual dining group which owns Patisserie Valerie and Baker & Spice, has reported growth in profit in the first half of its financial year. Revenue at Patisserie Valerie increased to £35m in the six months to 31 March, up from £28.9m in the same period last year. Revenue increased to £9.1m from £8.7m at retail brands Druckers and Baker & Spice, and rose to £1.8m from £1.6m at wholesale bakery Flour Power City.At Patisserie Holdings, pre-tax profit in the six months to 31 March rose by 20% to £8.4m, up from £7m in the first half of the previous year. Ebitda increased 21.3% to £10.6m, and revenue grew 14% to £50m, up from £43.7m in the first half of the last financial year.Revenue rose for most of Patisserie Holdings’ brands, and it said in the update it was confident on the outlook for the second half of the year. The company said it achieved growth in most areas of its business.Revenue at sandwich retailer Philpotts declined, however, to £4.9m from £5m due to the earlier timing of Easter and a focus on higher-margin corporate sales, Patisserie Holdings said.Interim dividendPatisserie Holdings will pay an interim dividend of 1.00 pence, its first interim dividend since listing in London in May 2014. The company paid a 1.67p final dividend in financial 2015. Shares in Patisserie Holdings have jumped 4.4% this morning as a result.Luke Johnson, executive chairman of Patisserie Holdings, said: “The group has continued to deliver strong growth in sales and profit in what is a competitive trading environment.“We opened 12 new stores in the period, all of which are performing well. Our pipeline for new stores is well developed, and I look forward to another period of strong growth in the second half of the year.”
[Update 6:61 p.m.] – Rangeley Lakes Regional School will be closing from March 15 to March 27, per the district’s Facebook page. Information about remote learning and food services will be coming soon.[Update 5:04 p.m.] – MSAD 58 Superintendent Todd Sanders, in a letter posted to the district’s website, wrote that schools will be closed for students on March 16 through March 27.“This closure is not the result of any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our immediate communities,” Sanders wrote. “This decision was made in consultation with many, and out of an abundance of caution, to follow the rapidly changing guidance regarding enhancing social distancing efforts. This decision has not been made lightly and we certainly empathize and understand the significant burden this will cause families in the coming days.”Sanders said that the district would be releasing more information about the closures, but wanted to get the initial news out quickly to allow parents to make arrangements.###Regional School Unit 9 and RSU 73 schools will be closed for students for the next two weeks. The announcements come as a number of districts across the state are closing or limiting access to school facilities in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.On Saturday, Maine CDC announced additional presumptive positive or preliminary presumptive positive test results for the 2019 novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of positive test results up to six. Cases are confirmed by the U.S. CDC – “presumptive positive” references positive tests for the virus in a state lab, while “preliminary presumptive positive” refers to a positive test from a non-governmental laboratory. Maine CDC has also reported more than 90 negative tests.The decision to close the schools from March 16 through March 27 was made pro-actively, RSU 73 Superintendent Scott Albert announced via a letter posted to the district’s website Sunday, noting that the district had no confirmed cases of COVID-19.“This is meant as a deterrent and is the district being pro-active,” Albert wrote, adding that the district would keep the community updated via its website, school messenger service and local media. “Also please understand that this decision was not made lightly as I understand the burden that it will put on many of our families in our community.”Albert indicated in the letter that, beginning Tuesday, the district would be feeding area students with bagged breakfasts and lunches at locations throughout the district’s three towns. Those locations and times will be released Monday afternoon.RSU 9 administrators indicated Sunday that its schools would be closed to students from March 16 through March 27 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“In order to organize our staff, we will meet tomorrow to review procedures,” the notice on the district’s Facebook site read. “We understand that families will have questions. We will reach out as soon as we have more details to share.”Local districts have already cancelled non-school functions making use of their facilities as well as extracurricular events and restricted building access to non-employees. All local superintendents have indicated that they remain in contact with state officials regarding COVID-19.
The global obesity epidemic has been escalating for decades, yet long-term prevention efforts have barely begun and are inadequate, according to a new paper from international public health experts published in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal The Lancet. Noting that many countries lack basic population-wide data on children’s weight and height, the authors call on governments around the world to launch a coordinated effort to monitor, prevent, and control obesity, and the long-term health, social, and economic costs associated with it.The paper is part of a special Lancet series on obesity.“By imposing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and limiting marketing of unhealthy foods to children, governments can lead in making it easier for children to make healthy choices,” said lead author Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Special taxes and marketing restrictions to discourage smoking have been effective in tobacco control and likely would be effective in reducing SSB consumption, the authors note. Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages increases risk of excess weight gain and obesity, which can lead to a host of health problems, including type 2 diabetes. In addition, SSBs have no additional nutritional value beyond calories, Gortmaker and his colleagues say.International organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and others must participate with the public and private sector to target children and adolescents, in particular, with these and other cost-effective strategies that encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity, the authors say.In the past 30 years, obesity, defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of more than 30 in adults, has increased globally in both rich and poor countries and in all segments of society. (BMI is weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.) In a companion commentary, William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes that if U.S. trends based on historical data for 1988–2008 continue, obesity among U.S. adults will increase from its current level of approximately 32 percent to approximately 50 percent by 2030. The increased costs of treating obesity-associated diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, will reach $66 billion annually in the U.S. by 2030.Obesity trends and physical activity need closer monitoring in all countries, including high-income countries. Most countries still need basic data: Only a third of European Union nations have representative data on children’s weight and height. Few countries have set targets for obesity rates, changes in dietary intake, or physical activity. In addition, efforts taken by the food industry to reformulate products and undertake other measures to encourage healthier eating should be independently assessed for effectiveness, the authors say.Gortmaker and his colleagues call for action at multiple levels of society. They provide a list of interventions aimed at children, adolescents, and adults that have been estimated to be cost-effective. In addition to taxes on unhealthy food and drink and restrictions on junk food and beverage TV advertising to children, the authors recommend school-based education, nutrition and physical activity programs for children, and some weight-loss interventions.The Lancet obesity series precedes the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly focused on noncommunicable disease prevention and control, set for Sept. 19-20 in New York City. The authors said the meeting “is an important opportunity for the international community to provide the leadership, global standards, and cross-agency structures needed to create a global food system that offers a healthy and a secure food supply for all.”Support for the paper was provided by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, which coordinates childhood obesity research across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Observer File Photo Notre Dame students, faculty and guests celebrate ND Day 2014 in the LaFortune Student Center. This year is the event’s second year.The campaign also includes voting for how a ‘Challenge Fund’ of $1 million will be distributed to hundreds of clubs, academic departments, teams, dorms and other “areas of interest” listed on the Notre Dame Day website.By donating $10 through the website or by phone or text, donors receive five votes, which they can direct to any of the listed entities. After the campaign ends, each organization will receive a piece of the Challenge Fund proportional to the number of votes it received.For example, Wall said if 10,000 donations are made, as he anticipates, an organization will win roughly $20 for each individual vote it receives, though the exact amount will vary based on how many donations come in.Wall said donors have to give $10 to be able to vote, and while they can give more if they choose, a gift of any size still garners only five votes, and each subsequent gift of $10 or more gets one additional vote. Wall said the purpose of these limits is to make sure everyone has the power to direct the Challenge Fund regardless of how much they are able to donate.“There are so many people that love Notre Dame, and all of them do not have the capacity to make those large gifts,” he said. “So through this million-dollar challenge fund, we’re putting a generational and income-level equity among all Notre Dame people, everyone in the community — faculty, staff, alums, people who just love the University.”As a result, some organizations stand to receive hundreds or thousands of dollars through the Challenge Fund voting. Wall said Knott Hall, for example, garnered eight percent of the vote for last year’s $250,000 Challenge Fund, allowing the hall to create a new weight room.While there are some limits on how the money can be used and each organization will not actually receive the money for another six weeks or so, Wall said participating organizations will generally be able to spend the money they raise as they see fit.“It’s meant to be on a large-scale mission of improvement,” Wall said. “[For example,] if Cavanaugh raised $10,000 through Notre Dame Day —[that’s] one percent of the vote — the idea isn’t to have pizza every night in Cavanaugh. That’s not what the money is used for. It should be to improve the long-term health of the residents, both physically and communally. It could mean that you take 20 girls to Costa Rica for a service project, but it also could mean new couches.”Several anonymous families donated the million dollars for the Challenge Fund in advance, Wall said. As is the case with normal financial gifts, donors who give $10 to participate in the voting can say where they want that money to be allocated: academics, financial aid, mission and service, student life, athletics, any other indicated organization or to “greatest need,” which Wall said can be used for any emergency expense but usually ends up in the financial aid fund.Students can also participate in a tug-of-war tournament Monday at 3 p.m., where dorms will compete for a $4,000 first prize, Wall said. Meanwhile, a social media lounge with food in the LaFortune Student Center will be available all day.Wall said planning for Notre Dame Day required custom-building a mechanism for taking and displaying Challenge Fund votes, working out how to distribute the funds and approve how they are used and explaining to clubs and other campus entities how the campaign works. A committee of senior University administrators guided the process.“It’s been really fun to work with a lot of the clubs who are really into this,” he said. “They go out, and they’re just promoting to anybody in their listservs and social media.”The goal, Wall said, is both to celebrate Notre Dame and to support it.“The Notre Dame family loves what Notre Dame students do in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in their clubs and in their residence halls,” he said. “This is the way that we can help all of these groups that want to raise money, raise money.”Tags: Aaron Wall, Challenge Fund, Notre Dame Day Starting Sunday, the University will hold its second annual Notre Dame Day, a 29-hour fundraising campaign that includes a live broadcast, a tug-of-war tournament, a social media lounge, the unveiling of The Shirt and the distribution of $1 million to more than 780 Notre Dame-affiliated organizations.The campaign will begin at 6:42 p.m. Sunday and end at midnight April 27. For the entire day, there will be a broadcast streaming on the Notre Dame Day website, featuring student organizations, current students, alumni, faculty and other notable figures such as ESPN’s Cris Collinsworth, former pro football player Brady Quinn and author Nicholas Sparks, who will talk about their experience with Notre Dame and encourage people to donate. The broadcast will also feature remote interviews and performances around campus, Notre Dame Day program director Aaron Wall said.
The virus detected in Virginia and North Carolina a month ago is only mildly pathogenic, he said. With this form of the virus, a chicken has respiratory problems, not unlike humans with the flu. It also affects the growth of the chicken, but it isn’t deadly in most cases.However, this mild version has been known to turn very quickly into the highly pathogenic and deadly form of avian influenza virus. “When this happens,” Cunningham said, “the mortality rate goes much higher, and it becomes much more contagious.”Any such virus would have a devastating effect on Georgia’s $10 billion poultry industry, he said.No CureThere is no cure for the virus. The only way to contain it is to eradicate the infected birds. This is what is happening in Virginia and North Carolina right now. And they’re beginning to get a handle on the spread of the virus through these states, he said.Chickens to be processed for commercial sale are raised in flocks in houses on growers’ farms. One chicken house will get four to six flocks of birds in one year.Cunningham said it’s common for chicken flocks to cross state lines, especially in the Southeast.Stop It?This prompted the Georgia Department of Agriculture to put the brakes on any birds coming from Virginia or North Carolina into Georgia. Any chickens coming into Georgia from any other state now have to be certified that they come from an avian influenza-clean flock.There has never been an outbreak of this virus in Georgia. Recently, though, birds in Georgia have been traced back to a flock that originated from an infected area in North Carolina.Certain wild birds can also carry the virus.”But we do not have the virus in Georgia right now,” Cunningham said.Scientists are exploring ways to fight this virus. But there is no vaccine. The best way to fight the virus, Cunningham said, is to not get it. Avian flu has already hit other states hard. Officials hope to keep it away from Georgia’s multi-billion dollar poultry industry. Photo: USDA An avian influenza virus outbreak can cause millions of dollars in economic damage. But officials hope to keep this virus out of Georgia and away from its multibillion dollar poultry industry before it does.The virus has caused the eradication of about 3 million chickens in Virginia and cost the poultry industry there millions of dollars in damage. The virus is also in North Carolina, said Dan Cunningham of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It’s a bad and very contagious disease that is easily spread among poultry,” said Cunningham, Extension Service coordinator for the CAES poultry science department. “We’re very concerned in keeping it out of Georgia.”Deadly Quickly
HOW TO: DEEP CREEK LAKE, MD.This article stirred up a lot of heat. From claims we missed favorite spots to sharing directions on how to get to secret rock mazes, the Blue Ridge Outdoors community got involved with how to explore Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We can’t even believe we are typing these words, but just as time refuses to reverse, so does the Live Outside and Play Road Tour refuse to go on forever (although we have two more meetups left!) We are parking the van in Charlottesville, Virginia, and bidding adieu for four months. It will hibernate until we make our way back in April and revive it back to life. Until then, please check out the best of the best blog posts from along the way. To say we’ve learned about ourselves, each other, living outdoors, and getting a van out of a foot of mud is an understatement. We are now Ph.D. level #vanlifers, please send our congratulations and diplomas to the address below and we are sure it will arrive promptly.Live Outside and Play VanRandom BackroadEast Coast, United StatesIt comes to no surprise that our most popular posts are about food, alcohol, and living in the van. Those are our favorite things, too! Check out the most popular posts, organized from earliest in the tour to most recent.HOW TO MAKE AN EVENING HOT TODDYAh, the days of springtime in the jungle of the East Coast. One of our very first ways to stave off the rainy blues was warm beverages, and we keep going back to this recipe time and time again (for example, today). Check out our van version of the Hot Toddy, enjoy! LIVE OUTSIDE AND PLAY VAN: A TOUR OF OUR CRIBThe curiosity was overwhelming about what the mysterious van looked like from the inside. Luckily, we did an extensive tour and you can see exactly what we call home. Usually, the in-person tour of the van is very quick, “that is the bed…” So this is an extra special in-depth look at our house on wheels. ROMANCE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: TIPS AND TRICKSHow are we still together? Do we still love each other? Have we had explosions and swore to never speak to each other again? Thank the van gods, the answer is no to the last one, but there is still a lot to learn! We have grown as a couple in ways we never imagined, mostly being honest about when the other needs to put deodorant on. #VANLIFE VS. #REALITYVANLIFEThis video is a little peek into what it looks like when the glamour of #vanlife fades and reality sets in. Is there ever really a glamour stage? We had a great time shooting this one — mostly just shooting our normal lives and staging the glamour parts… PIZZA+HIKING: A MATCH MADE IN ADVENTURE FOODIE HEAVENAfter eight months of touring the country, we have eaten plenty of pizza and done plenty of hikes. This post was hard to put together because we had SO MANY combos we wanted to share. Check out the top four, and let us know if you need more suggestions; we’ve had enough pizza to hike thousands of miles. HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT: TIPS ON MAKING YOUR VAN A HOMEWe had been living in the van for six months by the time we wrote this post. We both felt settled and had a semi-organized van. Every object has a place, and once that is settled, you can get to decorating and making the van a home, instead of metal on wheels. 50 DAYS OF #VANLIFE, TIPS, TRICKS, AND TALESOh, the nostalgia. Fifty days feels like a walk in the park now. After over 200 days parking the van down by the river, we have learned so much more. This is a good benchmark for those just starting the #vanlife to learn from our copious mistakes. WILDFLOWERS AND WHERE TO FIND THEMThis one turned out popular when we were really just writing it for our own enjoyment! We went on a wonderful hike through the Maroon Bells on the four pass loop and we have NEVER seen more beautiful and varied wildflowers. We were inspired to write this post and share the beauty of the wildflower. If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.