Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Thursday, December 25, 2014
It's almost January and we have yet to see any real sign of winter here in the Front Range. It has snowed a few times but what that means here in western Kansas is that it is just going to be muddy and damp for a few weeks straight. I would much rather prefer frozen ground and snow on the roads and trails, or completely dry and beautiful roads and trails. Instead here in the Front Range we get mud all winter long, mixed with some serious ice on the roads and paths. I really miss having a real winter where it gets cold and the snow sticks around and doesn't melt off until mud season. We are supposed to get 8-12" of snow tonight, which I never believe the forecasts for here because they have yet to get them anywhere near correct for any time other than the summer. But we shall see! Hopefully it will dump so I can get out and enjoy the fat bike on some snow and not have to contend with the mud this weekend. Nevertheless enjoy some photos from me out and about in the mud prepping for some winter racing on foot and on bike. Just call me the mud otter this year!
Monday, December 22, 2014
The winter solstice is one of the big days for me every year. It's when I no longer watch daylight get shorter and shorter. It's always been a time of contemplation for me of the past year and the upcoming year as we head into the light days of spring and summer. I also do know there is still the rest of winter ahead of me, but at least there will be light to play in the snow. This year I wrote down all the good and bad things from the past year to think about what made them good and bad in my own mind, and contemplate how they came about. All the happiness, sadness, joy, grief, good times, bad times, fun, and not so fun things. I wrote everything down on two separate pieces of paper, and after I had time to contemplate the year I burned them in the fire. I am leaving all of 2014 behind (like I could go back!) and looking to my next year ahead and all the good and bad things to come. Welcome to the new year, The Year of The Otter! Why the otter you must ask? Because otters are amazing creatures, they live, love, and enjoy life. But if you mess with them they don't take shit from anyone. So here is to the new year everyone!