So this past weekend, I got B-ral to hop in the Schmienna with the Kuwabara's and we cruised on up to Badger Pass in Yosemite to skate ski.
There are many good reasons to skate ski... a) It hadn't snowed in a while; b) Yosemite is awesome; c) it's cheap, if not free; d) it's a great work out; e) it's pretty fun (going 10 mph on your skate skiing set up feels like going 70 mph on a DH ski set up).
|B-ral with punkin at Tunnel View.|
There are plenty of trails from Badger Pass to x-country ski, but the groomed trail follows the summer road out to Glacier Point. There's even a race every year going out to Badger Pass and back...
my outfit for the skate... decided last second to wear tights... should've gone with shorts. We passed 30+ folks... most of whom were wearing full down clothing...
|And the labeled view...|
|Can you see the landmarks here?|
|B-ral taking another pano on his iphone... the site of the old "firefall"|
|Back at the parking lot. B-ral is fast. Skate skiing is hard. I was pooped.|
Thanx to B-ral, who watched Kai, Kimbo and I got to go ice skating together for an hour or so.... going from ski skating to ice skating... very similar muscles... Check out the alpenglow on Half Dome in the background.
|Taking advantage of the ice skating rink that sounds like it will be shut down next year...|
|Soon, we made it to the Bug where Kai made lots of friends, we had a sublime dinner, and slept...|
The next morning, Kai woke up pretty early (he never sleeps well the first night)... so Kimbo and I grabbed some coffee, got in the spa, had brekky, and B-ral and Kim jumped back in the spa.
...soon we were back in Oakland. A quick 2.5 hr drive (including a strawberry stop), unload the car, hopped on the Uni and got in an hour ride in the Oakland hills on my way to Lucinda's to watch the 49ers choke in the 4th quarter...