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Life in the Mountains- Crazy Beautiful Ugly Mountain Weather

Why do we climb mountains?  To see what’s on the other side?  To stand on top?  To achieve a personal goal?  To sweat, and do something physically difficult? Because it’s fun? Or simply because it’s there. Without sounding like a cliche, climbing peaks has a lot of metaphors for life.  There is prep, commitment, effort,… Read More ›

Life in the Mountains- The Balancing Act of Adrenaline and Beauty

Sometimes we don’t know whether to keep moving or to stop to look at the view. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors.  So many ways to combine exercise, fresh air, natural beauty, adrenaline, and the simple joy of being outdoors. A few weeks ago we were riding mountain bikes and making lots… Read More ›

Seasons Greetings!

Happy Holidays! Wishing you all many great adventures in the new year! Now that we’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse and the longest night, days are getting brighter and longer.  Make sure you make time for outdoor adventure in the new year. Feel the brisk chill of winter on your skin See your breath Hear the… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- The Bridges of Downieville

The Bridges of Downieville Downieville is a classic California mountain bike destination.  Located at the confluence of the Downie and Yuba rivers, this former mining boomtown reinvented itself as an outdoor destination for mountain biking. Most people do the ride as a downhill shuttle.  We did the ride as an out-and-back and were blown away… Read More ›

How I Became an Environmental Activist

I am not an activist in the protesting, letter writing sense.  Instead, I use a chainsaw to speak for me.  Let me explain: It was probably around the 20th time I’d heaved my bike over the large tree blocking the trail.  “When are they going to get out here and cut these %^&*ing trees?,” I… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- Singletrack Sweetness

Okay, I kinda fibbed on this one.  It’s not singletrack, but what a view.  It’s from the end of the Galloping Goose Trail in Telluride, Colorado.  Some of the fixtures from the abandoned narrow gauge railroad still exist.

OutdoorPix- Trail to the sky, Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

The Colorado Trail above Cottonwood Pass (taken at  about 12,500′ elevation).

TahoePix- Tahoe Living History

We’ve come across a number of these old cabins dotting the backcountry.  A standing testament to Tahoe History.  This is reason alone to get off the beaten path and explore the backcountry roads and trails (even those that seem to lead nowhere). This old West Shore cabin is pretty sturdy.  It even survived a large… Read More ›

Bike Tour- Salt Lake City to Albuquerque (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of the story of our bicycle tour from Salt Lake City to Albuquerque in 1999.  I’m honored and humbled that Part 1 was selected for Freshly Pressed by WordPress.  You can read Bike Tour- Salt Lake City to Albuquerque Part 1. When searching for more photos to scan from the trip,… Read More ›

TahoePix- The sunset you don’t want to see

Many avid outdoors people have had this experience at some point:  Watching the sunset when you are miles from your car and hours behind schedule.  Hurrying with every last bit of light, but knowing you will be trudging back in complete darkness. I snapped this sunset pic on the Pacific Crest Trail on the spine… Read More ›

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