Christmas was awesome this year. We had great snow, and all the kids were home.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
As expected, blog posting came to a halt when winter came on full force and been non stop for six weeks. Still want to try and keep on track of happenings as it has been fun to go back and look a previous years.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Even though it was a very warm fall and most people will say how winter came late this year, I would put winter in the category of coming early, with 5" of snow falling at Maplelag on November 17th. However, the cold weather came later resulting in ground not freezing like it "normally" would. This would result in the snow that did come early not sticking around. Rain and warm temps didn't help either but we did have a nice week of early season skiing.
Skiing with Jack on November 19th. Beautiful day, nice temps.
Many locals are reluctant to ski early season but always appreciate the ones that come out and leave notes like this. Even if one person shows up during the week to day ski, the grooming is worth it. But bottom line, most grooming sets the stage for better skiing later.
Pre Turkey day skiing with Jake and Jack.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Last week Jack and I took a quick trip out to Red Lodge, MT. We left after Jens' home game Sunday afternoon.
Jens and line mate Dom moving the puck up. Waving the flag in Kent Freeman arena.
Jon on the faceoff. After the game and a too short visit with Jon, we drove to Spearfish and arrived middle of the night.
The next morning we rollerskied up the Spearfish canyon on a beautiful day that saw temps in the mid 60's. The road had been recently resurfaced and a nice wide shoulder. No traffic to speak of and gorgeous weather made for really nice skiing. It isn't often I want to continue a rollerski session but the morning was one of those days you could keep on going.
Before we skied, I got up while still in a daze from driving the night before and hit up the Tinton trail for a quick spin. The last two times, in the summer, I got stormed on and it was muddy the other time. Hard to believe mid November it was bone dry, almost dusty in spots with loose pine needles and super fast conditions. Great ride.
Heading up Spearfish canyon.
I had been here two summers ago with Jon and had to stop here with Jack. I talked it up pretty good and with Jake being a pizza maker expert, he approved.
Heading to Red Lodge from Spearfish required new roads to travel on which is always interesting. I was most looking forward to driving over the mountains from Dayton to Lovell, WY. We caught the afterglow on the east side and just missed catching the sunset on the west side once we topped out over 9000ft. Dayton was around 4000ft so a nice climb up and definitely want to get back on this road.
Passing through Lovell at night and the local drug store.
Yodeler famous for its steam baths which always feel great after a day of play in the mountains.
When we were skiing Jack goes "dad what is that" I look up and it was a big black wolf cutting through 50 yards away. About 2 minutes before two nice mule deer bucks were in front. We crossed the tracks a few more times and could tell it had left the area.
The evening before I checked out a hiking/mountain biking trail I found on Strava and local hiking guide that was open to mountain bikers. It criss crossed the willow creek which runs up to Red Lodge mountain. Sweet mountain bike trail, wasn't able to get to the top as it got too dark.