Sunday, June 28, 2009

Who needs sleep

Ahhh, the joys of a new puppy.

Current score:
"Lucky the Puppy": 7 nights vs. "Good Nights Sleep": 0 nights


The little mutt has been dominating our lives, but she's a pretty fun little guy and I guess we'll probably have to end up keeping her. :)


On Monday night me and the puppy enjoyed (me more than her, I think) one of the best electrical storms I've seen around here:

And in the "on the bright side" department, because of the puppy schedule I've seen more sunsets and sunrises in the past week than in the previous 6 months.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Two Big Days

Saturday I spent the better part of the day pedaling a bike on dirt trails. Flowers and a rattlesnake were the only two occasions for which I pulled out the camera:

Today was Puppy Day. Bell to Bell. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tackling the 'Tooth

I'm not exactly sure where the motivation came from, but when M told me she wanted to hike to the top of Horsetooth Rock by herself, I was happy to go along.

The Girl powered her way up in solid time. I was super impressed and downright proud.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Super Commute - Road Version

A few times every year I take the long way home. Here was tonight's version.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bike Fest

Had a bushel of fun at the neighborhood park Family Bike Festival on Saturday.

Bike Polo proved to be an entertaining spectator sport:

These guys appeared to be having a lot of fun:

And Z and M took more than a few turns at the Paperboy Challenge:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tour de Flores

Inspired by the pending Firecracker 50, I came up with this ride in Horsetooth: see if I could maximize the total vertical feet climbed with bottom (almost) to top climbs.

Took the day off work and mostly managed to dodge the rain/hail/lightening.

First climb: feeling humid, but cool:

Flowers every which way:

After two climbs and about 3 hours I stopped by the van for a pb&j:

The final two climbs hurt a little more, so the camera stayed away.

Awesome ride in a painful sort of way.

5 hours in the saddle, 32 miles and 7,800 vertical feet climbed. Whew.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Outta Town

Popped the top on the vee-dub, and broke the seal on our camping season this weekend.

Some neighbor-friends came along, too.

Saw some critters.
and small:

S stands under Long's Peak:

An artist at work:

Raging spring waters:

And big colorful skies:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 3rd?

Full spectrum bike ride.



Almost expected it to start snowing somewhere. :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ski Now, Pay Later

We rallied up to Rocky Mountain National Park for what was most likely my final ski day of the season on Sunday. Super fun crew, lottsa snow, and good weather made the score 3 for 3 on the day.

Skied a "backwards" line: drive to 12,000 ft, ski down 2000 ft and boot back up. Good for an instant gratification ski fix.

Cue soundtrack. How about "Highway to the Danger Zone": :)

May goes out in style:

Chris turns:

My turn, photo by Chris:

Bob shows us the way back up:

More backwards. Raining in town, sun on the peaks.

Chris still working to perfect his Blue Steel.

Long's Peak:

And back to the car before the hurricane touches down: