Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Loon Lake - Just outside Tahoe

BIRDS! (Oh wait, never mind. It's probably mosquitos.)

It was rough, but somebody had to stay the night here!


I think I could live in Tahoe...

and then I would get cold.

Bodie, CA (Part 2)

It's hard to imagine 10,000 people living in this California Gold Mining Town, but in 1879, at it's peak, Bodie employed many tough souls who worked this machinery and endured the harsh climate.

I have a feeling the life of a vehicle in Bodie was short-lived, as tales were spread in its time as having "the worst climate out of doors."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bodie, CA

I'll admit, it was quite a ways off the beaten path, but I just had to see this ghost town. It was like looking through a window back in time - and it was as if time had actually stopped.
I almost felt like an intruder. Not only peering through a window into the local church or the resident doctor's house, but peering into the lives of an entire city. A city once booming, and now abandoned by its former inhabitants. A blue stove sits inside, begging to be dusted off and used while a barn, reflected in the glass, wonders why it is empty and has no visitors. Bodie may not be as glorious as it was in its heyday, but its charm has been well preserved.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Laguna 12miles, 1hr 42minutes

This was a pretty quick ride, and frankly, the funnest 2 hrs I've had in a good while. Mark and I set a moderately brisk pace on this 12 mile loop. I enjoy it more when we know the trail. Today was that day.

We have ridden Big Laguna 4-5 times now and this was the first time we didn't make any wrong turns. No flats, no mechanical, just a big ring, butt kickin' good time. Ok, I hit the big ring for 7 minutes, while zipping along through the back side of the lake.... down hill, wind to my back. It's invigorating to watch our stamina grow week to week.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Although, the trip to Whitney didn't go like we originally planned, it was gorgeous, nonetheless. Perhaps, even more gorgeous than if we had tried to trek all the way to the top of the highest mountain in the continuous 48 states. America had the time of her life and we've calculated that she must have hiked at least 3 times the distance we did!

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Introducing, Captain Ronald Reagan

We couldn't even wait until we got him home. Within an hour of acquiring our new dog, we had him sudsed up, scrubbed down and smelling good for his future mate, Miss America. I'm glad this dog doesn't have to go out into the real world to find his own mate, because I fear he might get teased because of his full name. Jillian suggested Mr. Ronald Reagan and I fell in love with it: Mr. Reagan and Miss America-brilliant! However, Sean was insistent on naming his dog, Captain something-or-other: "When I call them both back to me I'll say "Captain America...Here!"" Oh, obviously. When I told Jillian his official name was Mr. Captain Ronald Reagan, she just about died of laughter and repeated it back to me in a questioning sort of manner. I'm pretty sure there were tears squeezed out of her eyes from laughing so hard. So, in order to not embarrass ourselves, or our dog too much, we officially dropped the, "Mr." We call him Reagan around the house, so I'm sure there will be a bit of frustration when we take him in public and Sean is yelling out, "Captain America," in his proudest voice only to find his dog running the other way.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Laughter is good medicine for the soul

She may look innocent, but...

she's really planning a...


Don't worry.
I retaliated, quickly.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Just Sayin

i didn't do it.