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The Cold, Damp Magic of Fog

I’ve had these photos for a while now.  They’ve been waiting to become a blog post, but I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe my relationship with fog.  As an outdoor athlete, I have a love-hate relationship with fog. On one hand, fog means cold.  Fog means damp.  Fog means extra layers.  Fog means… 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- Trail to the sky, Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

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

In Search of Hidden Waterfalls- Alpine Dam

There are few things as dramatic as the roar of falling water. When I headed out the door in the morning, it was to surf, not hike.  The surf forecast looked good, and we headed out to the coast.  The surf report was wildly optimistic though, and the surf was tiny at best.  What started… Read More ›

TahoePix- Tahoe Rim Trail- Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose to Brockway Summit was our last section to complete the entire 165-mile length of the Tahoe Rim Trail, and check off one of our outdoor goals.  Despite logging well over 1,000 miles of running and riding on the TRT, there was that one elusive section.  We finally knocked it out, racking up close… Read More ›

TahoePix- Half Dome

Update- April 28, 2012.  I’ve received a number of positive comments and feedback about this post, so I’ve added a couple more pics to show the scale of Half Dome. So I realize that there are zillions of Half Dome pix out there.  Here are a few from one of our trips up there (in… Read More ›

Tahoe Rim Trail- Big Meadow to Echo Summit

The Tahoe Rim Trail (or simply TRT), is a 165-mile trail that circumscribes the rim of Lake Tahoe.  The trail is commonly divided into eight sections (where it crosses roads or access points).  One of our outdoor goals in Tahoe was to join the TRT 165-Mile Club- for those people who’ve completed the entire 165… Read More ›

In search of Hidden Waterfalls- Dawn Falls

Dawn Falls lies in the shadow of Mt. Tamalpais, near Larkspur, CA.  It’s tucked into a shady and cool canyon, accessible from several neighborhood access points.  Fortunately, Dawn Falls requires a bit of a walk from every access point, which cuts down on the number of visitors. (It’s also great terrain for trail running, though… Read More ›

Baby Turtle! (Easter Surprise)

How we went for a hike, came home with a new pet, and helped the environment. It was Easter Sunday when we went for one of our regular obscure hikes.  The reason we went was to take Daisy Trail Dog Easter egg hunting and enjoy the beautiful day.  Easter egg hunting with your dog is… Read More ›

In Search of Hidden Waterfalls and Wildflowers

(This post is subtitled- “How I dropped my digital camera into a waterfall.”) Each season has different qualities that we love.  The Northern California coast has a distinct rainy season.  In the spring, our golden hills turn green.  Creeks are full, and seasonal waterfalls appear.  From years of running, riding, and hiking, we’ve learned about… Read More ›

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