Thursday, July 28, 2016

People, places, and things.

During the height of the Watergate story, Woodward and Bernstein noted that things were happening so fast that items which would once warrant a full newspaper story were instead relegated to a paragraph. That's sort of what is going on here.

University Beacon.

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Still the best: Lolo Peak.

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Far southern Oregon.

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Far northern California.

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Crescent City.

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods.

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11,000 feet on Mt. Shasta. To be honest, it was getting boring.

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Back home, Lake Alva.

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Larry sighting in his paddle while the pooch follows.

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Morrell Peak Lookout, with Grizzly Basin in the background.

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Father's Day, the shortest day of the year.

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But long enough for a second run.

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Living large on the Great Divide.

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Hard to describe how perfect this moment was.

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Eastern Illinois. (So it seems that if you live in a big city, and by that I mean anything larger than Missoula, you spend your life debating how best to manage traffic.)

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Far northern Georgia.

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Central Arkansas.

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So the International Mountain Biking Association has labelled 50 or so trails around the nation as "epics". Three happen to be in Arkansas and there is even one in Kansas, while the whole of Montana merits just one trail (Bangtail Divide, Bozeman). I figured that Arkansas must be all that. LOL.

Central Kansas.

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Colorado. Doesn't matter where.

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Epic Fruita.

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Epic Dead Horse.

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Epic Moab.

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The half!

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Hoodoo Lake, Idaho: end of a 20 mile dirt road.

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That time of night, when it's early and the cold begins to close in.

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Another day at what Laura calls "Camp Jeff". Here, St. Mary.

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And here, Ch-paa-qn.

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And here, learning about huckleberries.

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Summer! Time to go rotate the tires and the oil changed, I guess.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

You'll have plenty of time to think about living in a van down by the river when you are living in a van down by the river

Kevin on Point Six.

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Been spring for a while now. So, skinning in the morning...

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... and biking in the evening.

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On weather days, visiting the big kids' school.

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Mammoth for Spring Break.

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And the Boiling River.

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And a walk to see battling bighorns.

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Back home: gnarliest line in the Rattlesnake? Kevin says yes. I turned around on the shoulder, so can't comment except to offer this.

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Good morning Jackson!

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Six hours later.

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Day Two: feeling a bit sluggish, to be honest.

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Five hours later, settled pow on the glacier.

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Home again. A friend's backyard "before".

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Same yard, "during".

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Take a break, go to the Scapegoat.

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Next week, the Bob.

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Back to the yard, and a few more trips to the rock shop.

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Cinco de Mom-O. This year we subbed some party favorites for a slightly new menu, including fried plantains.

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Take green plantains, peel and slice as thin as possible. Fry.

Dipping sauce: mayo, cilantro, lime, jalapeno. Blend.

Heart Lake.

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I called the ranger in Superior to see about the road. He said I could drive to the trailhead, but if I really wanted to ski I'd need a snowmobile since it was 2 miles to the lake. Get to the trailhead and there's a big sign saying in bold letters that snowmobiling is not allowed.

One of those pictures where I try to look all casual, but in reality I spent the last three hours in full body contact bushwhacking.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A thousand points of light.

Still trying to get things right-side up.

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Hitting the road.

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Haven't seen this guy since he called a collectivo to get us to Terminal Los Héroes.

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Back then, he was into big terrain and epic spaces. Still is.

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Pause for a moment to appreciate the enormity of this space. A lot of suburban neighborhoods could fit into it.

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Smaller spaces, deeper snow.

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Back home.

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The scenery changes, but the road remains the same.

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Or is that the other way around?

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Pow day on Lookout. Found out the kid needs 95 underfoot just like the rest of us.

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This deep.

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St. Regis.

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3.5 is the new 2.25.

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Well, folks, it's beer o'clock!

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