If You Read One Long Article This Week, Make it This One
Did you know, “Shenandoah National Park was guilty of [racism] as late as the 1940s, hanging wooden signs at certain spots that identified Picnic Grounds for Negroes. Signs on some bathrooms said they were for white women only”? This piece by Latria Graham dives deep into the systemic racism of our state/national park system and is a v important read for any white ally, but especially those of us who benefit from our whiteness in the wilderness.
Rest in Power
On May 19, SJ Brooks was fatally attacked by a cougar while out cycling. As the founder of the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes, an organization that encouraged ridership among trans, femme, women, and non-binary people of color, SJ made lasting impacts on their community. In the words of Friends on Bikes, “they were a positive light who worked tirelessly to create change.” Take some time to learn more about Friends on Bikes and all the incredible work they’re doing here.
Gear Recommendation: The Peanut
If I’m traveling and can only bring one tool for recovery, it’s the peanut. It’s essentially two lacrosse balls that are connected and can be used just about everywhere on your body, but I especially like it up and down my spine, on quads, calves, and glutes. Buy it! You won’t regret it!