National Trails Day

Today, June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 8.24.16 AM

Get out to a nearby trail, wherever you are, and get a hike in this weekend. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more. If you are interested in leading or organizing an event, click on the host materials tab to the left for host guides and prep materials.

We are looking at temps of 115 degrees today so that means heading north where is is easily 25 to 30 degrees cooler. No Excuses!

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at anytime – we’d love to hear from you

Music, Fashion and Art – Los Angeles Style

This past weekend I headed out to L.A. with friends. We started in Santa Ana (The OC!) to see an exhibition by Matt Moore called Cumulus at the Grand Central Art Center.

Matt was artist in residence and created a piece marking the L.A .Aqueduct’s 100th anniversary. He used decommissioned scavenging planks and films of clouds and growing fields which were projected on the planks perfecting using a system called Mad Mapper.  The piece was amazing. Head out to Santa Ana before January 2014 to see it.

On Saturday we went to the The folk fest on the Santa Monica Pier. Music, Beer from Sierra Nevada, Sun and Sand – that’s a yes! The show closed with Neko Case – a personal favorite!



On Sunday during the day we shopped Melrose Place in West Hollywood and A visit to the New BookMarc and Kate Spade Saturday were the highlights!

Sunday night we went to Maroon 5 at the Hollywood Bowl. It was an amazing show — ending with fireworks!
Finally onMonday we scored tickets to the James Turrell retrospective at LACMA   from the lovely Scott Tennet of Pretty goes with Pretty – Thanks Scott. What a beautiful show – Wow!

Colorado Friends Homemade Ravioli

While in Boulder last week I was treated to an amazing dinner of homemade ravioli. I watched the process from start to finish and while I was impressed both with the process and the crazy good taste I can’t imagine taking such a task on. On the flip side of that I may never be able to eat store bought ravioli again. This was served with a beautiful, fresh picked, from the garden salad.  Tom you are a genius in the kitchen. Cheers!

That is the dough that was just pulled out of the pasta maker thingy

The cheese and spinach inner goodies

The making of the ravioli

Right before cooking

The garden salad

The plated dinner

Colorado Fabulous

Back to Phoenix in the heat but I know it is only a couple of months and we’ll be back in paradise. Boulder, CO for a week of work, research and play was lovely. It was warm there too mid-day but there were thunderstorms every afternoon which were so wonderful they washed the soul clean everyday. I accomplished so much work wise I am just walking in the clouds. I have new projects on the horizon that i am so excited about.  I also got plenty of play time and beer drinking in.

I watched paragliders on the greenspace of the front face of the Rockies

More para-gliding

and more para-gliding watching

View out the back window of the house I stayed in - 1

View out the back window of the house I stayed in - 2

View out the back window of the house I stayed in - 3

A Milk Stout at Left Hand Brewing Co.

The workstation