Saturday, December 31, 2011

Glacier Skiers Go Hiking

A year ago we booked 4 cabins at Afton St. Park for a skication. Instead of skiing we enjoyed hiking and warm weather. My first experience with camper cabins; found them wonderful.

I think the kids are ready for snow.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

33 Sets of Skis and Poles in the Subaru

We can't haul our skis on the team bus because it blocks the aisle, so the Forester is the new team ski hauler. What it lacks in sport it makes up for in utility.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Night Out/Gear Testing

Backyard Saturday Night 4" of new snow 25 F. Used the 20 degree bag and slept comfortably on the lower end of its range. Eureka Zeus 3 season tent did well in the fourth, but would leak snow through top vent if the wind blew. Fleece balaclava kept my head snug all night.

Maybe it was the Winter Bike Expo, or cutting our holiday tree, or the lovely snowfall, or another muse that led me to a cozy night out.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winter Bike Expo.

Jared and I headed to the Greenway Freewheel this morning for the Winter Bike Expo. We each got one of these dandy schwag mugs for test riding Mukluks 3s and 2s, Necromancer Pugsleys and a Moonlander with sparkly paint.
The Moonlander and a Mukluk 2 sitting in front of the store. Note the difference in tire size.

Two views of the Necromancer. I really like the ride and found the 17 degree sweep of the the handlebars perfect.

A row of Mukluks v. the Pugsley line-up. I like that both are different bikes. While the Salsa is super upright and comfortable, my choice for fat tire touring/cruising; the Pugsley made me smile and want to ride hard over cars. The Moonlander with sparkly paint, however, got our phat tire award for being even fatter without feeling like we were giving up anything.
Other highlights of the day included listening to Dave Payman speak about the Arrowhead 135 and the Iditabike along with a great lunch while visiting with B. Rose, in his bunny suit, about skiing, bikes, coffee and guns. I appreciate the casual and approachable attitudes of the Freewheel staff, Surly people and presenters. I'll be back next year.