Whiskerino 2009


enjoys a cool breeze...

so this is goodbye.

today is the last day i will have access to the internet (see yesterdays photo for the explanation).

it's hard to put into words what the last four months have meant to me, but they have been nothing short of amazing.

I'm honored to have been bearding with all of my friends again, old and new.

as always a special thanks to @mackle for being the amazing person that you are and for creating this place for us.

posted: February 25 @ 8:33am


Vanbert says:
bye neighbor, look forward to 1000+ emails when you return. great meeting you, hope to do it again.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:35am -
Mike de Monk says:
so long Gavin. was nice to grow with you.

ps. i need to order that shirt
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:35am -
Noelix says:
Godspeed, @Gavin, and safe journeys. It is not goodbye, it is just farewell for now.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:36am -
Pip says:
Sad goodbye, but we know it's not the last one. Take care, and we'll see you here and there.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:36am -
mattyc says:
welll... lets face it... I won't miss you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:37am -
mattyc says:
unless you miss me first
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:37am -
jnonfiction says:
@Gavin, I...

Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:37am -
ThatGuy says:
Good luck out there. It's truly been a pleasure. PEACE.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:39am -
Furricane says:
It was great to meet you @gavin. great indeed.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:39am -
chadmcclarnon says:
goodbye sir, till we cross paths again...totally awesome growing and showing with you
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:42am -
jmathiasxiii says:
Gavin. I hope for you safe travels and great catches. You are a king among men, and I'll miss seeing you everyday. I'm honored that I've met you and shook your hand on more than one occasion.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:43am -
folliclejuju says:
it was great whiskerinoin' with you and meeting you in person. safe travels until we meet again!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:45am -
keifel says:
farewell sir. be safe and well. and send us postcards.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:47am -
Grower&Shower says:
I hope our paths cross again. You're a great guy. Best of luck on your travels.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:47am -
EdwardTeach says:
Gavin. It was so great to share the interwebs with you. I think i was one that only got to give you a handshake. Perhaps sometime, we'll meet again. Your beard is marvelous. Your photos are fantastic. And you seem like an all around great guy.

Thank you for being a part of this.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:48am -
miguelito says:
it was great meeting you, perhaps we'll cross paths again.

your beard is good.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:49am -
tedford says:
oh no, the goodbyes are starting already? go ahead and know that I'll miss you buddy and land a whopper for me (and especially @sariebell who is the real fisherman in our family - i'm terrific at manning the cooler though, unless it's only full of bait. i digress...). take care of yourself and i promise i'll make it a point to keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:49am -
R E N A U D says:
One of my favorite people in the world.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:49am -
mynameisjason says:
i'm sad to see you go, but very excited for the travels ahead of you. you are a king among beards and it's been a pleasure bearding with you. also, that shirt is great and now i'm stoked to get mine in the mail.

farewell, godspeed, happy fishing, and i hope to see you somewhere down the road.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:49am -
sariebell says:
I have your email and I demand that we become penpals. I have demanded this of some other whiskeroonis as well. I hope this experience is everything and more. It is kinda like our little pledge to own the bait shop/charter boat/guide business someday.... kismet.

Take care, dear Gavin. Live it up.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:53am -
Andrew says:
You know, I said some stuff yesterday that I fully stand by today. Your photos in 2007 (along with Paul, Luke, Josh, Ula, Shawn (read: mOtke) and many others) made me want to do this thing in the first place.

It's been amazing and was really great to meet you. I'm looking forward to seeing your trip photos on flickr. I hope you're bringing your camera.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:55am -
ben says:
it was great watching you and briefly meeting you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:55am -
pcain says:
nice shirt. dont be a stranger, bearded brother.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:56am -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Well the shirt is certainly apropo, no? Heading to the Bahamas to be a Fisher of Beards or something like that... ah, the life. Congrats on the fortuitous turn. I took a sailing trip in the Abacos about 10 years ago and it was pretty darn amazing so I hope that or something similar is your new backyard. It's been fun!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:56am -
Jar says:
Gavin, It has been great getting to know you a little bit here, thank you for being awesome. Keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:58am -
Jamie Dubs says:
big ups!!!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:59am -
Jarrett says:
Nooooooooo!! It's been an honor to grow and show with you sir. You seriously are the best. Hopefully we'll hang out again sometime....keep in touch!

Best of luck. You'll have a blast!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:02am -
Davis says:
just read about your opportunity - that is unbelievably awesome and, sitting in rainy/snowy/crappy weather'd NYC, i am wholly jealous.

i think we only said "hey" like twice this past weekend but still, great to talk to you (briefly).
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:04am -
Yogi Beard says:
Godspeed, Gavin. It's been a pleasure.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:04am -
mu says:
Wish you the best in your adventure. You are love here and will be missed.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:05am -
BuddyJ says:
That sounds like a sweet gig. Good luck and Godspeed.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:08am -
mackle says:
i'm totally going to shame you
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:09am -
mackle says:
Just kidding buddy. This is the worst part about Whiskerino.. the goodbyes. @Robozo said it best, it's like Summer Camp - we've come from all over and become legitimate friends and now we have to go back to school. It sucks.

We did not get to chat as much at the Throwdown as I would have liked but I am so happy to have shook hands and chatted it up a little. I am glad to know you and honored to call you my friend. I demand we keep in touch to some degree... it'd be beyond unfortunate if we did not.

Have fun developing the fishing program and relaxing a little. You deserve it.

Godspeed Gavin.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:11am -
Zach says:
take care and be blessed!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:22am -
wondermade says:
I was really going to write nearly everything that @mackle just said.
Maybe I'll write it later, when there's more space between our comments.

Godspeed, friend.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:24am -
mims attack says:
awesome, I wish I could go! have fun and enjoy the islands and fishing.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:26am -
Eric the Beard says:
Well it was nice getting to know you and your beard...well i suppose your beard more than anything.
Have Fun!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:28am -
mOtke says:
He waved, using one of his prehensile arms, the world watching him. They waved back, and even though he couldn't see them, he could feel the wind coming from their large hands. He used the opportunity to snap some photos of his hair blowing in the wind. He put on some fancy clothes as the wind tussled his hairs, making them dance about wildly.

He put on his magic hat and flew off into the sun, which, due to the power of his beard, didn't burn him into a crisp. It really happened.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:29am -
Karl says:
take care of yourself. godspeed.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:30am -
shularbrau says:
Sounds like you are about to start another awesome adventure.
Good to meet you.

Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:30am -
Marko says:
Great to have the chance to meet you and talk to your some over the years. Please feel free to keep in touch. Blessings and God speed my friend! You truly have great beard!
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:31am -
brandon says:
Goodbye, @gavin. You will be missed. I hope you decide to do moustache may so our facial hair connections continue, but if not, I hope our real world paths cross again soon. Any time you're in Atlanta, give me a ring.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:32am -
c dub says:
well, sir. as always, it's been a pleasure. i've enjoyed your photo chonicles and seeing that chia pet of a beard explode on your head. the fishing expedition sounds amazing. hopefully the calm of the sea will make you forget all your troubles but not us beards.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:37am -
Robfrenzy says:
take care man.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 9:52am -
robberfly says:
it's been a pleasure. best wishes to you good sir.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:01am -
hale. says:
@gavin, you are one if the nicest guys i've ever met, a creative and talented individual, a mighty beard, and most of all, a friend and a brother. this isn't goodbye, just a brief parting of ways, but we'll meet again, sooner hopefully than later. best of luck on your endeavor, and have an wonderful trip.

thanks for being here and thanks for everything else.

ps, visit arizona anytime. we'll go fishing. i bet you like to whittle too. we can do that as well.

take care gavin.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:02am -
hale. says:
also, @ozzynelson just said goodbye to me thinking i was you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:03am -
Vanbert says:
real question is are you shaving?
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:04am -
Birch Beard says:
Does this mean we can't hang out anymore?
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:27am -
michaeljstraub says:
Now who's going to keep #Kutztown in line!?

Well it was a hell of a ride. You took some awesome shots during this and I'm glad to have shared these 4 months with a beard like yours.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:29am -
damnweather says:
gavin, i'm really really really glad i got to meet you and hang out with you and ride in your car and bowl with you and cetera. thanks for hanging out with me. i hope i didn't monopolize all your time.

anyway, have fun in the bahamas, and i hope you are not being brought there to be hunted as "the most dangerous game"
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:32am -
Presto Beardo says:
I demand you be my friend in real life, and not just the interwebs
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:34am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Your face is going to be missed around here the next few days. Hope you all the best on your trip, and may you have safe travels. Also, I totally regret not being able to shake your hand last Friday through all the craziness. Perhaps one day, sir. Perhaps one day...
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:53am -
revgoomba says:
It was great meeting you man... you are awesome and it's sad to say goodbye.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 11:27am -
TheStride says:
NOOOOOOO!!!!! It was a pleasure seeing your work and meeting you in real life. Be well.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 11:45am -
jonshell says:
so long, @gavin. you're a good man and i'm honored to have met you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 12:49pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
I am sad.

I wish I had the words to express how wonderful it has been to participate in Whiskerino with you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 1:35pm -
ZFA says:
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 2:29pm -
Paragone says:
Dear Gavin,
It was fun to talk to you at the Throwdown. It was fun to give you a ride in the creepy van. It was fun to get yelled at in the parking lot of the Best Western by the hotel manager. It is not fun to say goodbye.
I'm very glad I got to spend some conversation time with you this year.
Hope to see you soon and if you're ever in TN give me a shout.
Take care buddy.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:50pm -
Formerly MosesMarion says:
Bye Gavin... you'll be missed... maybe we can hook up on the interwebs
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:51pm -
Ace says:
so technically you are the first beard im saying goodbye to on this thing and it is making me sad. ive actually been sitting here staring at the blank screen thinking of what to say. overall its even worse because its you. you are one of the few dudes on here that i consider a friend. youve been an awesome inspiration photo-wise to for me, as well as beard-wise because we all know that your beard is a force to be reckoned with. to think that 2 years ago we both entered this thing not know anyone and that you would be the first beard to talk to on the phone about it and then we would meet in person. and youve always left me hilarious comments most everyday which is rad in and of itself. its funny that i like you so much considering weve met in person twice. now im not sure what im gonna do with a lack of gavin in my life...

guess ill really have to come visit you sometime soon. anyways, i still have your number. ill randomly give you a call soon. have fun on your trip and live it up doing something you love.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:53pm -
Ace says:
also, i wrote a lot. sorry about that. :)
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:53pm -
zackle says:
Please take one last Whiskerino photo from some pristine beach. I'm sure we can manage to work it in after the fact.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:56pm -
zackle says:
Also, take care and have fun.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:57pm -
zackle says:
Also, I miss you.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 3:57pm -
Ploafmaster says:
Oh man. Have so much fun.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 4:00pm -
Dschonn says:
@damnweather, "and cetera" is my new favorite phrase.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 4:02pm -
Dschonn says:
Gavin, it was a real pleasure talking with you. You're an inspiration always and I wish you well.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 4:03pm -
Ace says:
oh and heres a funny photo that @barefoot took of you and i.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 4:26pm -
Presto Beardo says:
@Gavin good luck with everything man, I was really sad I didn't make it to the Throwdown this time, I was really hoping I would get to meet you again. Good luck with your trip, I really believe it won't be too long before I hunt you down and force you to teach me how to be a real life fisherman
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 5:10pm -
jonshell says:
if you ever happen to come to st. louis, please, please PLEASE drop me an email. i'd love to hang out again.

seriously, though. you're a hell of a guy.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 5:21pm -
Fofe says:
It was fun growing with you this year, and great to meet and talk at the Throwdown. I'm up for that beer anytime you're out in California or I get to PA.

I hope this fishing adventure proves rewarding and leads to other good things for you. How cool would it be if you could guide and fish for a living! Other people do it.

Good luck and I hope our paths cross again.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 7:03pm -
O.G. Manly Beard says:
aww man this sucks.. well it was awesome to be able to meet you, and to enjoy whiskerino with you. best of luck in the future for whatever it is that comes you way. Hopefully we can all still get together one more time. Good luck Gavin.

Ps. you are the man.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 10:34pm -
gfmorris says:
Take care, dude.

@mackle, be gentle with the shame hand.
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 12:13am -
North Beard South says:
really great meeting you man, good luck.
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 12:16am -
Absolutely says:
So long buddy. Bust of luck out there. It's people like you that make Whiskerino what it is. Take care. Your friend. -derek
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 12:57am -
Scrivener says:
Bye Gavin, it's been good growing and showing with you once again. I hope this new opportunity turns out well for you. Godspeed.
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 4:46am -
mackle says:
i'm going to be signing your yearbook for the next 3 days
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 3:00pm -
JamesC says:
i'll see you on the river some time... take it easy bro
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 6:50pm -
jeremyokai says:
See you in another lifetime...or this one. KIT & RHTS
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 7:58pm -
Beard Goggles says:
It was great to meet you. If you ever need a PBR for the road, I'm here.

your beard is awesome. I hope our paths cross again soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:18am -
brandon says:
I know our paths will cross again, Gavin. Know it. You've been one of my favorite parts about this whole growing-beards-on-the-internet thing, and I'm gonna miss you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:14pm -
Vanbert says:
bye gavinbo
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:22pm -
ilikeschool says:
goodbye sir. i am very glad that i got to meet you and your family. if you ever make it out to wherever we end up, look us up.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:44pm -
zackle says:
It's the last day and I'm sad.

I just thought I'd drop in to say I hope you're having a blast on the beach.

Call me any time.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:21pm -
punchbag says:
peace, brother. high five.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:26pm -
jonshell says:
i miss you.

catch yourself one of those killer wales.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:06pm -
wondermade says:
I'd wager fishing is more fun than the snow you'd be getting otherwise.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:56pm -
Mason Bernard says:
it was really great hanging out with you again you are a super cool dude.
i hope you are having a great time fishing, me when you get back let me know how it was and share some pictures.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:40pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
bye gavin & godspeed.

Your beard is powerfull.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:10am -
Ned Kelly says:
Farewell Mr Gavin its been great again! Sounds like a crazy week you had, anyway I hope it all goes well and have fun whaling and I hope to see you when you have the internets again and maybe meet you at some point in the future.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:05pm -
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