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OutdoorPix- Crested Butte, CO

The landscapes of Western Colorado are so vast that pictures don’t even come close.  Find yourself on a ridge or peak on a clear day and peaks cascade into the distance.  360-degree views are abundant- just find yourself a peak or ridge.

OutdoorPix- Alta Ghost Town

“Ghost Town.”  Just saying it brings visions of cowboys and gunfights on dusty streets.  The stuff of old movies. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of ghost towns in the American West.  Dilapidated and broken buildings are a testament to broken dreams and tough people in search of the American Dream.  Discoveries of silver and… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- Singletrack Sweetness: Andesite Ridge

Hole in the Ground trail is another classic Tahoe mountain bike ride.  One of the early highlights is climbing to 8200′ along Andesite Ridge before descending into a granite playground.  The top of the ridge is mostly rock and devoid of trees.  This gives huge panoramic views spilling out along both sides of the ridge. … 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 ›

OutdoorPix- Singletrack Sweetness

The Donner Lake Rim Trail is a work in progress.  The trail will eventually circle the rim of Donner Lake, just West of Truckee, CA.  As of July 2012, the North side of the DLRT is complete.  Most of the trail is above 7,000 feet in with sweeping panoramic views for miles.  For the avid… Read More ›

TahoePix- Mountain Weather

Mountain weather is an awesome thing to behold.  The speed with which thunderstorms can roll in is humbling, only to dissipate just as quickly. In this pic, looking south from Eagle Rock on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, dark clouds roll in while we basked in the sun.  Soon, we’d be seeing the flash of lightning,… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- Daisy Kayak Dog

Springer Spaniels love water.  They become super spunky when wet.  Daisy Water Dog loves going out with us.  When the kayak was in the back yard, Daisy would stand in the kayak and “Woooo Woooo” at us to take her to the water  (Woo Woo is the unique sound of the springer spaniel).

OutdoorPix- Singletrack Sweetness

Riding the scrub at Hartman Rocks, Gunnison, Colorado

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.

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