Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time Marches on (March 2015)

March this year has completely flown by before I knew it. I have been staying busy by keeping active physically and mentally. I made two different trips out to Utah this March for a week each. One for work and one for play. I saw lots of amazing rocks with fantastic company on both trips. The first trip we went down through Capitol Reef where we spent a few nights, then headed up through my second home Green River. Some people say home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically, if that is true then Green River is definitely a "home" to me these days. After a brief overnight stay there we headed in a round about way to Grand Junction and gave the students their "final exam" at Colorado National Monument. The following day the group jettisoned me in Glenwood Springs, where I went on a fantastic hike up to hanging lake, a hike I have been wanting to do for some time now, with a beautiful lady friend. We eventually made our way back to the front range after that.

Round two was out to Utah for fun, and the details of that trip I will leave to your imagination, but we saw some gorgeous empty country with few people. Spent lots of time hiking and wandering through the desert for several days. It was a great way to decompress and enjoy some quality time away from the masses here in the Front Range.

On the biking front, I have continued to race the fatty as much as possible. Winter Park and Leadville have played host to the races, and it has been so nice to get back up into the hills as much as possible. We went up for the Crystal Festival in Leadville and got to watch ski joring which was definitely on my list of things I wanted to experience here before this next winter. Spent some time up in Nederland for frozen dead guy days as well, you can never go wrong with the weirdos out in force at an event like that.

April is well on its way to being half over, I have been hiking and biking as much as possible. Trying to get out and enjoy what I have here while I am still in Golden. Trips to Houston have been interspersed into this month, presenting research and starting to wrap up this degree feels so good. Soon I will be headed off to Alaska for the summer. I am very excited for all the new experiences I will have up there and all the new people I am going to meet. The future is still very uncertain at this point, but it certainly is bright. There will be some tough choices ahead of me with what I want to do with my life and where I want to go and who I want to be. It's a bit terrifying, but I have to face them head on and decide what type of man I really am. Hopefully this summer I will be better about updating this blog, but no guarantees! With that, enjoy some photos!

Getting after it with some big storms in Golden





Racing in Leadville



Staying warm in Utah on round one








Hanging Lake, nuff said

Utah Round Two for some fun








Finally, some hiking up towards Leadville a few weeks ago


Monday, February 23, 2015

January and February 2015

The past two months have flown by, between writing this dissertation and getting out into the hills and beyond as much as possible. I have spent a lot of time on the fat bike riding around. I rode in winter bike at Copper Mountain in January. It was a blast riding around a ski area at night with only the lights on my bike and other racers to guide the way. It was a bit cold at first, but once I got going it was perfect conditions! After that was the Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons. The ride went from Lyons, up left hand canyon and down into Boulder. It was a great warm (60 degrees F) day to go out and ride 100 km. I have been getting out and doing some hiking since the snow doesn't really hang around too long. You just have to be able to put up with some mud on the trails.

Speaking of mud, my first microadventure of the year took us out to Utah to go slog around in the mud and do a bit of field work. It was a fun time filled with getting our van stuck in the mud and camping in freezing fog. It definitely felt like we were in either Iceland or Patagonia with all the fog upon us. Microadventure #2 was this past weekend up at one of our many open space parks here in the front range. I rode the fat bike up after work, set up a tarp camp and proceeded to have a blast listening to the snow fall and the temperatures drop into the teens. The next morning, I woke up and got fresh tracks the entire way down into town! March is looking great so far, a few trips to Utah along with as much hiking and biking as I can stand here in the front range. Enjoy some photos from 2015 so far.

Winter Bike at Copper Mountain


Our adventure out to Utah for some Field Work


The mud pit we made with the van



A little frost on the tent the next morning



The hike up to Lost Lake up in the wilderness



Microadventure #2 off into the snowy foothills








Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rediscovered Photos - Winter 2009

I rediscovered these photos from the winter of 2009 in Crested Butte, CO. Reminds me of a fun simpler time in my life that I really enjoyed parts of. I can't help but wonder where all these people are today. Enjoy!