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Dread and Terror on the NUT

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December 2, 2012

Sometimes great adventure happens when you pick a destination you know nothing about. We had an  unplanned day on a road trip to Bend, Oregon and were looking for an epic one-day adventure.  A friend suggested the North Umpqua Trail (he had never done it, and we had never heard of it).  After a bit… Read More ›

Riding the Redwoods in Fort Bragg and Mendocino

Located on California’s North Coast, Mendocino and Fort Bragg are on the verge of becoming a “bucket list” mountain bike travel destination.  Imagine 100+ miles of smooth forested singletrack winding up and down through the steep canyons of Jackson State Forest.  Tight, twisty singletrack among redwoods and ferns.  Long climbs and flowing descents.  Oh yeah!… Read More ›

Glass Beach- Enjoy it While You Can

Located in Fort Bragg, California, Glass Beach is an accident of history.  For years, people drove to the edge of a sea cliff and tossed their garbage over the side.  The beach was the city dump.  Much of the garbage was burned right on the beach, and the remainder was just left for the ocean… Read More ›

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- 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 ›

Bumping into Butterflies – Sun Valley/Ketchum, ID

I have the wonderful opportunity to stay and play in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area of Idaho. Unfortunately S and Daisy Trail Dog did not get to come with me this time, but I am planning our next excursion here with the whole family as we speak! Yes, it is soooo awesome I am coming back,… 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 ›

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 ›

Bike Tour- Salt Lake City to Albuquerque (part 1 of 2)

In June, 1999 we rode our touring bicycles from Salt Lake City, Utah to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It was a simple idea:  Explore some of the American West by picking two airports, finding a flight we could afford (in our 20s we were far from financially flush), and riding from one to the next via… Read More ›

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