Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Spring Lake Family Camping 2015!


Here's some pics from our awesome weekend up at Spring Lake.  Our second year of visiting this amazingly kid friendly park.  Here's the pics from last year... when the world cup was in full swing.  

This year we had Roger, Geo & Alice; Kev, Laura, Riley, Sully & Shaye; Morton, Marian & Zoe all stay overnight.  Hoeft brought his boys, Danielle her girls, and Odin and his family came up for the day for Kai's B-day celebration.

This park is so easy and fun, it's a no brainer as an annual visit.

on our way up we stopped by Ippo Ramen for a yummy snack.
And when we got there we had enough daylight and warm sunshine to have a quick soak.
Geo captivating the audience...
Nikko the race car driver...
The next morning Kai rode his bike down to the lake in his PJs, while I jogged behind him.  
And set up for his B-day!
Time for cupcakes!
The SUP provided quite a dock for jumping off of.  This one has removable fins, so it's good to bring here.  



Nikko proving that he would've been a cute girl too.  

maybe not as cute as these two
Kevin goes down easy for naptime.
more stories... Kids love Geo!
We went to the campfire talk where Kai & Riley participated in charades!
hugs...
Kevin basking solo in his disco dance party


BTW.... This guy just became my hero:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monthly Pano: Steens Mtn

Steens Summit!
Had an amazing trip with Sigman & Barrett, riding around Steens Mountain in South Eastern Oregon.  A full TR will be coming your way, but I just wanted to show you some panos from the area first.  Here's a nice summary of our ride with a map.  
Looking down at Wildhorse Lake from the summit trailhead. One of the prettiest lakes I've ever seen. 
Barrett on the summit trail
Looking down at Kiger Gorge, the most impressive of Steens' 3 gorges.
B taking it all in...
Sunset at Crystal Crane Hot Springs...
Mann Lake
Steens Mountain from the east.  on our last day.  
Looking down at Alvord Desert, the driest spot in Oregon.  
Here's the cute kiddies pic of the week:


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Weekend at Skeggs & Demo


Enjoyed two great days of mountain biking in one weekend!  That was awesome.  Went to Skeggs Pt (El Corte De Madera) with Sigman (met up with Toro at lunch time)... then to Demo with Funk & Metres.  

check out this tree that's totally being supported by it's roots...
banana slugs...
Sigman trying to patch his tubeless tire... 
too many rules...
Toro... struggling up the hills


Here's our track from the day: https://www.strava.com/activities/343351855
We were trying to do all of Skeggs... but came about 10 miles short.  http://www.mxi2000.net/mudworm/rides/skeggs#ride6

Went home straight to Circus Bella at Bites off Broadway.  Turns out the circus family that performs with them is staying next door to James & Courtney.  

Kai's new toy.  We went down to camp at James & Courtney's backyard for Eli's B-day.  We stopped at Coyote Hills Regional Park on the way down and I got to run alongside Kai on the bike path. https://www.strava.com/activities/343930539
Funk... funking up his chain... 
Huge Radical Air!
Metres had won the "Best Biff..." He thinks he broke a rib.  We all laughed.  
Another amazing day at Demo.  Really need to capture more footage next time.  Here's our tracks.   https://www.strava.com/activities/345258615
blurry... it's for your own good... 
Had such a great time at the Dead show in Santa Clara.  Been listening to this quite a bit... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGVXtk7oZ1A


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Alt Ride 2015.


I've seen a lot of really cool posts on exposure.co, so I decided to give it a try...

Check it out: https://snowymonk.exposure.co/alt-ride-2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bootjack Campin' & a beach day in Bolinas


We decided to do a last minute camp trip a few weekends ago.  This is always a bad idea in the Bay Area as folks are so on top of it, and campground are so limited in the greater bay area.

We tried our luck at Pantoll on Mt. Tam looking for any walk-in sites at Pantoll or Bootjack.  The ranger told us that these sites were all gone by 8 am.  So as we sat there giving some snacks to the kiddos a couple walked by and told us that the site next to them is saved, but won't be occupied until tomorrow.... so we decided to stay for the night and got a free site.  Turned out to be a beautiful day.  Went on a few short hikes, got Kai on his Strider on the fire roads, and had a nice campfire for the night.

The next morning after breakfast we drove down the hill to Bolinas for a beach day.

The mountain theater.  Haven't seen a play here, but what a beautiful place.  
Nikko didn't want to nap in the tent.  
West Point Inn and the summit.  
Kimbo deep in conversation with Nikko...
Hey!  That's not a chair!
Hey!  That's not a hat... 
Kai is basically a nudist.  
Nikko crying... still cute
the guys fishing pulled up a bunch of leopard sharks.  These guys told us they are pretty tasty.... I was skeptical, but turns out folks do eat them.  I guess you gotta gut them right away.  http://honest-food.net/2010/08/02/shark-fishing-in-san-francisco-bay/
In any case, catching them looked like a lot of fun.  
Hey!  That's not a horse...
I've started taking some parkour and acrobatics classes at Athletic Playground in Emeryville.  Loads of fun.  More practice needed.  
Gotta work on my timelapses... this one caught my eye the other day.