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schultz fire

Published on June 22, 2010 by

Last Saturday and Sunday I got out for nice little 80 mile overnight trip on my bicycle.
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About the time this photo was taken on Sunday, the officials say that someone was abandoning a campfire within a few hundred meters of this location. Much of the area I rode Sunday morning is now chared or still ablaze.
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The fire has topped 10,000 acres and now threatens the Inner Basin…
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Wonderful biking and skiing areas are forever gone… Coworkers and friends have been evacuated from their homes…

Might as well go play and hope it’s another blessing in disguse…
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End of Spring

Published on June 4, 2010 by

I love mountain bike approaches. Pedaling uphill with ski gear is tough and usually not any faster than hiking – it really is all about the mountainbike downhill at the end of the day.
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Steep spring skiing has been good.
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Jump turns on soft corn snow are fun.
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by Maad

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by Maad

If Sazi wanted to do jump turns he would have no problem!
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by Maad
When on steep exposed slopes, I am often envious of Sazi’s backcountry prowess and his toenail-crampons built into his 4-paw drive.

The snow further down the slopes has become choppy and sun-cupped.
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It must be the end of spring.

 
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spring-time gear

Published on May 14, 2010 by

Bicycle.
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Skis that convert into a snowboard, and ski crampons.
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Snowboard that converts into skis.
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Note: when the above picture was taken, Sazi dog was barking in his usual manner which seems to suggest that I ditch all my gear, take off my clothes, and run with the wind.

 
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Spring in Full Swing

Published on May 4, 2010 by

Spring 2010 is in full swing here in the AZ high country. Yesterday I went for a lunch-time mtb ride in shorts, and the day before that, we layed down fresh powder tracks on the Kachina Peaks!
Judy and Blair learned how to teleski this winter and they were looking good on the slopes.
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Last week, McKenna, Dara and I took a 1/2 day float on the Verde River. Dara shuttled the truck down river then bicycled back to us, while I inflated the ducky and McKenna played on the shore.
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For most of the float, McKenna just wanted to lean over the side and splash.
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Short break on a rocky beach.
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The backyard has become an epic safari for McKenna.
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I sure am getting into bike riding mode now… the glittergreen Coconino cycle is almost ready for riding – she has new paint, new wheels and a rebuilt fork….

 
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Quick Verde Paddle

Published on April 21, 2010 by

Why is a bike on my boat? So I could ride back and get Dr. M’s truck, drive back to the boat-takeout and get the crew. Usually folks take two cars and do the shuttle before the float.

 
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