Archive for April, 2016

Learn more about the National Parks of Texas

Learn more about the National Parks of Texas

May 10th National Parks of Texas
San Antonio at 7 pm

May 18th National Parks of Texas
Austin North Lamar at 7 pm

May 20th The Big Thicket National Preserve
Houston Post Oak at 7 pm

The National Park Service turns 100 this year! Many Texans might be surprised to learn that Texas is home to 16 National Parks, Monuments, Historic sites and Preserves. Whole Earth Provision Co. is pleased to host several events during the month of May where you can learn more about these very special places.

Big Bend photo by Emre Erdener

Big Bend photo by Emre Erdener

On May 10th at our San Antonio store and May 18th at our Austin North Lamar store, we welcome Mike Ryan of the LBJ National Historic Park for a presentation on the National Park sites in Texas. The events begin at 7 pm.

Mike Ryan grew up enjoying visits to the National Parks. His favorites were the historic sites. Even as a boy he was intrigued by the culture of the National Park Service – the brown signs, the Mission 66 visitor centers (created for the Park Service’s 50th anniversary), and the park rangers with their Stetson flat hats. He wanted to be a Park Ranger.

“After serving in the US Army and then graduating with a Master’s Degree in History, the rest, as they say, is ‘history.’ I have been lucky to work at some fun places, like the Dry Tortugas, Fort Sumter and Fort Pulaski. I have even worked in Washington D.C. and New York City. My last three parks have been presidential homes: Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson. There are currently 411 units of the National Park Service, so there is always an adventure out there somewhere!”

On the water in the Big Thicket – a USDA photo by Larry Rana

On the water in the Big Thicket – a USDA photo by Larry Rana

On May 20th at our Houston Post Oak store, Josh Stringer of the Big Thicket National Preserve will give a presentation at 7 pm on the Preserve, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world outside of the tropics. In 1981, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Preserve includes nine uniquely diverse ecosystems as well as six water corridors where nature flourishes. Centered around Hardin County, Texas, it extends into parts of surrounding Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange, Polk, and Tyler counties and offers hiking and biking trails as well as waterways for paddling.

Josh Stringer is the Centennial Coordinator at Big Thicket National Preserve and will be providing special events throughout the Preserve. He retired from the Army in 2015 after 21 years of service. He too dreamed of being a Park Ranger and hopes to inspire us to visit our National Parks.

We hope you will join us for these special National Park Centennial events.

Meet Climber Dan Mirsky at our Austin North Lamar Store!

Meet Climber Dan Mirsky at our Austin North Lamar Store!

Austin North Lamar Store
May 3rd at 4pm

Whole Earth Provision Co. is excited to welcome climber Dan Mirsky to our North Lamar store in Austin on May 3rd at 4 pm. Mirsky’s visit precedes his evening appearance at the Austin Bouldering Project where he will present a slide show and host several Black Diamond videos.

Mirsky originally hails from New York but now calls Colorado home when he’s not traveling in his Airstream trailer in search of warm weather and great climbing. A gifted athlete, he played team sports 12 months of the year for over 10 years. As his interest in competitive team sports waned, he turned to climbing. Mirsky was hooked by the interplay of strength, technique and strategy the sport required and the endless opportunities for practice and improvement.

“One of my favorite things about climbing is problem solving. I love approaching a new route/potential project and going through the process of turning something that seems impossible into something I believe I can achieve. Do you know that moment when your project goes from feeling impossible to doable? I like that part a lot!”

Dan Mirsky

~ Instagram @danmirsky

“My success in climbing is a result of continual hard work, a dedication to training, and an eternal obsession to be better tomorrow than I was today. I have improved each year as I continue to train myself indoors and outdoors. An integral part of my philosophy when it comes to training for climbing is that the most important thing for us to train is weakness.” Mirsky believes that “We have the most to be gained by trying to improve the things we’re worst at, and then using a variety of tools and techniques to turn those weaknesses into strengths.”

Mental training is also important to Mirsky. “Learning to climb with confidence in the face of repeated failure, fatigue, frustration, and pain is not easily accomplished. I have dedicated more time and energy to improving my climbing confidence than any other form of training, and it has brought more success than any other form of training. This is especially true in recent years.”

Have questions about climbing and training? Here’s your chance to ask a pro. Please stop by our North Lamar store on May 3rd at 4 pm to meet Dan Mirsky. And oh, by the way, he’s also a fan of the TV show “Friday Night Lights!”

Dan Mirsky

~ Instagram @danmirsky