Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vid: Sugar Bowl (3.1.2015)

Had a fun 2 hours at Sugar Bowl on Sunday, skiing with Metres, J-Chase, Aaron, and Colin.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly Pano: Bell Lake Yurt

I'll post a short TR on this trip later.  But here's the one sentence summary, "Montana was fun."
Our first encounter with Bell Lake
Tucker, one of our guides (former Squaw patroller), getting ready to drop into the "white room."
Toro, Funk, and owner of Bell Lake Yurt, Drew Pogge.  Looking back at the basin with the "green room" in the middle.  
Metres & Funk skinning around Bell Lake.
Double Funk.  
Nick, after a fresh dump, looking back at Bell Lake.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Resolutions for 2015 & reviewing 2014

edited from my 2014 list...

at Vincent Arroyo, Nikko loving his crib.
On Going Annual Goals (note, these aren't "resolutions"... rather goals... as I know I won't be able to do all/most of them....)

I did an acceptable job in this category, getting out quite a bit.  Being injury free and having a flexible schedule helped.  

on the Skyline 50k
didn't get to do a 50 miler as once I was in shape to try one, my ankle started acting up and I couldn't run for a while.  So then I focused on cycling.  But I did get to do the Skyline Trail 50k in Jasper NP, which was a real treat... other highlights include the EB-MUD a thon... which was a lot tougher than I expected.  One thing I really wanted to do was another solo peak bagging trail run like I did up Lyell in 2013.  So I'll add that to my annual goals.
  • do a 50 miler
  • do a long run in the Sierras.  
  • do several longer runs on my list...
    • East Bay Skyline, Tam, Ohlone, Skyline to the Sea, Ridge to Bridge, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, Tenaya Rim Loop, Big Sur
B, at the finish of the TS100.  That pic describes it all...
I didn't get to do a 600k as we had planned, as Sigman and I focused on the Tahoe Sierra 100 mountain bike race.  Which was the toughest race imaginable.  I think the finish rate was something like 30%, and I saw 2 folks go straight to the hospital from the finish line... 
  • For 2015, I'd like to go on a bikepacking trip.  I'm eyeing the Steens Mountains.  
  • 600k brevet?
    • 2014: Nope... not even a 300k.  But the TS100 should count.  Still putting that on the list... doubtful.
  • at least 6 centuries... I think I only did 4... alas... let's see if I can do 6 this year.  
Summit of Shastas with B
  • 2014 was a meager year, but highlights include: Shasta with Barrett, North Peak with Stefan, Lassen with Metres, two powder days at Sugar Bowl, spending family time and teaching Kai how to ski!  I can't wait get Kai on the snow... 
  • Goals for 2015:
    • Go on a ski trip!  From now on, I'm planning one ski trip a year.  This year we are headed to Bell Lake Yurt in Montana! 
    • And I'm gonna add... go pond skimming... 
photo: tom holub... looks like I have an eye patch.  Arrrrgh!
  • Wasn't very successful in reaching my uni goals.  I think this will come more naturally when Kai starts unicycling.  Which is another goal I just added.  
  • new 2015 goal: Teach Kai to Unicycle
  • Goals from 2014:
    • Wheelwalk 10 ft... yeah I need to work on this... 
    • Coker ride up Tam or Hamilton... nope... but I did get on my coker this year. Logging around 200 miles.  
    • Get a MUNI & ride it monthly... still working on this... 
The whole fam on Manzanita Lake on Memorial Day.
  • from 2014:
    • go on a few thurs night paddles with John B... never did manag to get out.  Did go out to Albany Shoal with Mi-Suk and met up with the folks.  
    • get a bomber roll on both sides... not so bomber... need to go on a few more practice rolling sessions
    • back deck roll? - nope
    • commute to work 12 times.  I think I did it more like 8 times.  Oh well.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ski Season....

has begun! and quickly ended... but may come back this weekend... we'll see where the snow levels fall.

here's a quick vid from my first day on snow this year... back in mid-Dec.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Weekly Pano: Donner lake

We went up to Donner Lake twice over the holidays.  Once before X-mas, and once after new years.  And it was beautiful.  For Kim's 15 year anniversary at Environ, she was given a 400$ gift certificate... to anything.  So we got an inflatable SUP.  Which I decided to test out on Donner Lake, during a cold snap.

Shot from the SUP
I love taking night photos here as you have such a nice view from the deck... 

shot precariously from the SUP after taking my gloves off...
another shot... edited a bit... and oversaturated...
Another great day at Donner Lake
Morning SUP session... you have to be pretty confident that you won't fall in...

Monday, January 26, 2015

B-day Report: Sam P Taylor!

Dickson lookout at the top of Berabe Mountain.  
I reserved some camping cabins at Samuel P Taylor a while back, and as luck would have it, the June-uary weather pattern we have been experiencing the last 2 winters is back in full effect.  But it did get cold and dark, so we were very grateful of the heaters in our cabins.

Here's a quick tour of the cabins, which are located on the other side of the road across from the campground.  There are trails near by, leading up to Bernabe Mountain... and the landscape quickly changes from lush redwoods to open rolling hills on this side.

each cabin has it's own table and fire pit...
flush bathrooms near by... full of mosquitos for some reason

and showers adjacent to the bathrooms... but they were closed due to the drought.  
firepit, table, bbq, cabin
inside the cabin, there are bunkbeds on both sides, with a queen size bed on the bottom on the other side.  Also electricity, heat, and some shelf space.  

I wanted to run up to Stairsteps Falls, but the trail was closed...

We arrived at the park before our check in time (3 pm), so we decided to go on a bike ride on the nice paved Rails to Trails bike path.  Kai just kept on going although I brought my Xtracycle in case he got tired... he insisted and rode the whole 7 miles on his bike!
look FORWARD!!!
Family ride...

Kai's longest ride to date:

when we got back, it was time to go explore some big trees and mushrooms...

the Chases decided to go on a hike while our kiddos took a nap.
during Kai and Nikko's nap I went on a quick run up to Mt. Bernabe
and the trail I've been wanting to check out... leading to Stairstep Falls was closed... :(  

Last run as a 34 year young fella:

the next morning, we went on a short hike while the Chases drove up to Pt. Reyes station so their kids could nap in the car.  
Sigman came up for the day planning to go on a ride, but joined us for the hike
not enough pics of this dude!
Nikko learned how to wave on cue this week.  He's showing off.
Kai showing he can wave too...
After the hike we decided to join the Chases at Pt. Reyes station and enjoyed pizza outside on a beautiful day.  
The food monster consuming rockets...
the coolest bench/table in the west.
Since Jeff joined us for lunch, he didn't end up getting to ride.  So to make up for Jeff not being able to ride, we decided to do a night ride.  BART by BART for my B-day!
35 miles, from El Cerrito BART to San Leandro BART, through 8 regional parks, 2 creek crossing (one of which Sigman fell in), mostly dirt...
but we miscalculated a bit... and I forgot to charge my light (the plug wasn't working), so we had to ride on the roads for a bit... but it was still quite the successful adventure.  We had to hop a 12ft high fence... and we caught the last BART with seconds to spare.  
all in all, a great B-day.  Made it home safely and enjoyed an IPA from my B-day gift.  
Next time:
I'd like to do more mountain biking... this was a recommended trail:

Hopefully Kai will able to join me by then... or he can sit on the Weehoo trailer.

Also there a tons of LOOOONG runs possibilities from here... heading toward Pt. Reyes, Nicasio, Spirit Rock... in fact... in any direction.  Trails galore!