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Life in the Mountains- Crazy Beautiful Ugly Mountain Weather

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September 14, 2013

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 ›

The Madness of Black Friday

Black Friday is here once again.  H and I made our annual Black Friday pilgrimage. The lines were long and epic The roads were packed with holiday traffic, and we had to park miles away from the mall. We scored a great deal on some sunshine (80% off, Woohoo!).  I trampled some people to get… Read More ›

A Change of Seasons- The Sleeping Lady

We’ve had a few days of rain here in Northern California.  As we headed out the door for a trail run, I grabbed my camera as an afterthought.  It had rained all night, and heavy rain turned to showers in the morning.  We climbed to the ridge in low clouds and a steady drizzle.  As… Read More ›

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- Singletrack Sweetness

Riding the scrub at Hartman Rocks, Gunnison, Colorado

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