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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 ›

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 ›

TahoePix- Super Dirt Bomb

Daisy Dirt Dog. Bullards Bar Reservoir

TahoePix- Singletrack Sweetness

Somewhere in the middle of a nearly 3,000 vertical foot descent (mostly singletrack).  In Fall, 2012 the US Forest Service opened the Star Lake Connector trail- miles of switchbacking goodness through incredible fields of granite.  It’s rideable in both directions too (though quite the climb to around 9,000′ elevation).  Ride it in the fall, and… 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 ›

TahoePix- Singletrack Sweetness

Life outside Tahoe.  I think this is the best picture I’ve ever taken with my iPhone.  H riding the singletrack in Telluride, Colorado.

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 ›

TahoePix- Adventures in bike touring

The things you see bicycle touring. This pic was taken in Polebridge, Montana (just outside Glacier National Park).  I love the sign that says, “Please keep your pet restrained.”  This big draft horse was running amok, and would head straight into the post office every time the door was opened.  The floorboards were bending under… 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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