Saturday, June 27, 2015

Back to the Blog

The blog has been on bit of a break. The end of school/spring activities wrapping up and a busy spring wedding season at Maplelag keeping things hopping. Hard to believe we are already one week away from the middle of the summer! Having looked back on posts in years past I realize I need to keep this going just for the sake its fun for the family to look back! 

 Last weekend Jonell and I took the Scamp out for the first time this year for a one night outing to Alexandria/Carlos State Park to watch Jon and the DLHS team play in a summer tourney. Saturday night we ventured north to Parker's Prairie to watch Jesse Cain play a street dance hosted by the Parker's Prairie FD.
 The area in front of the band was void of people but busy on the edges. We only stayed for an hour but I am sure as the sun set and the adult beverages flowed, the crowd moved inward. Been a long time since we were at a street dance. Live music always fun.
 Sunday on the way home we took back roads, venturing to Inspiration Peak which is an area both Jonell and I had never been to. Neat location, awesome terrain.

There is a main road that goes up to the parking lot than a small paved path up to the top. I rode up and down four times. Probably one of the toughest road climbs I have done in the Midwest. The steepest grade is around 30%.

 Jonell knitting as I passed by.

 I couldn't believe how many people were hiking there. Had to been over 50 folks in the 1.5 hrs we were there.

 After I was done riding, Jonell and I hiked up to take in the view.

There is a nice short section of singletrack on the other side that would be sweet on a mtb.

 Beautiful day.
 Hiking back down the other side.
 Jake came home that evening. Rare moment with all four boys for fathers day.
 Growing up fast! Couldn't be more proud of all four of them.
We've had some great long summer days. Albeit a bit wet with over 14" of rain the last 6 weeks.
Happy Summer!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Spring Action

Hardly a day going by without something going on with the kids. The weather has been great for the spring sports which is the only season that sees all high school sports competing outside. Jack has only had one meet cancelled and same with Jon and tennis. Add the extension of Jon's hockey season   and Jens playing in his first "summer" tourney, it has been non stop. All good. 

Jon was named to the Minnesota 18 NIT team which played in Plymouth, MN. the other weekend vs other 18 age teams and Sr Teams from the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and North Dakota. It's confusing to explain, Youth Hockey Hub does a good job breaking down the age categories in this article.

The team won its first three games to get to the championship. They beat Michigan Sr's in the final
to be the first MN 18 team to win the NIT. Minnesota Hockey Article Jon said it was one of the best teams he played on as far as the chemistry of the metro kids and northern kids. Had a blast, great memories and some really fun hockey to watch. The joke after the last game was they were all going to transfer to one these new private schools with a fledging hockey program and try and win a state championship.

With Jens playing in the cities on the weekend as well, there wasn't much spare time but I did sneak over one of the mornings to check out the new mtb trails at Theo Wirth I hadn't ridden on before. The riding was great, the SW loop was a fantastic flow trail.

Jonell and Jens entering the rink once again. Our nephew Garrett also playing in a tourney, caught a few games making for 11 games over the four days. Caught bits and pieces of a few other of the NIT games making for a lot of hockey!
Jens played in his first tourney of the summer with a team based out of Fargo.
Took third in the tourney.
If we hadn't had enough hockey!

Monday after, sports action continuing with Jon playing in a doubles match with his DL hockey team "liney" Sam, losing in a super tie breaker to Bemidji.

At the end of the DLHS complex was the Craig Fredrickson Invite where Jack ran the two mile en route to two PRs. Hit the mile PR en route to a PR in the two. Nice job Jack! Back on the other side of town, Jens in a band concert!

Spring came early this year with continued dry conditions. Can't ever recall a April as dry as this one. It has been great for working on the new mtb trail I started last fall over by Twin Lakes. Making great progress, should have the fine tuning wrapped up by the end of the month, weather permitting. The new addition will be added to the Laddies Loppet race this year. 

Saturday morning met up with Maplelag team riders Steve Wenzel, Greg Ames and Matt Engen for a ride in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. First rode there 25 years ago with Steve. Not much has changed there except for more trails. We rode 15 miles of the 40 mile NW section. There is around 100 miles of dirt bike singletrack. Raw and untamed so to speak. Outside of the Fargo crew and a few others I know have ridden there, a secret stash of singletrack, for mountain bikers anyways. 

Saturday was prom. Jon going with girlfriend Sophie. 

The best part of Prom is Sunday when the kids are all home safe and sound.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Phil Seljevold MAA Invitational

Last Saturday Jack and the DL Lakers participated in a track meet at Moorhead. It was the first meet on the new track they installed last fall. The football field is turf and was first used last football season.
 First track meet I have been too that there was a line to get in. Also first track meet I have paid to get in to. All good, the event was top notch, well run and having run track in middle and high school and watching Jake and Jack run track, I haven't seen a meet run as well  
as this one.
The field is named after my second cousin removed, Jim Gotta who was involved with Moorhead athletics, track and field being his 
number one sport.

 The meet/invitational named after Phil Seljevold. Moorhead figure that did much for Moorhead athletics. Loved the program. List of all seniors, list of events and times, and had each event listed with all participants and their current PR.

 Jack run the JV mile which was the first event and first group to officially race on the new track. 

 The stadium was lined by M Spud flags. Very nice touch and the stiff breeze pretty much had them straight lined. 

Jack coming through.

 Seniors being recognized. Shortly after, the anthem was sung.  Another nice touch.

Jack on the turf. No one wants their picture taken right after a race. Nice work Jack!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter 2015-Red Lodge

Once again we were fortunate to spend Easter in Red Lodge, MT. Jake was able to join us making it the first time in over 2 years we have all been together for more than two days at a time. Always good times with plenty of laughs.... and the skiing was great! As usual took a ton of pictures and hard to select less than 20 with over 200 images captured. 

 Rest area stop on the way out. Temp was 80 degrees! Almost 60 degrees warmer than when we left. We were going skiing, right?!?
 Stopped at Arnaldo's in Bismarck for lunch.
 Authentic Mexican food. Great stuff.
 We had some great days in Red Lodge. Beautiful sunny days, and cooler than maybe what we expected. The skiing was hardpacked with some icy spots but nothing that prevented real nice skiing. Skiing got better each day with dustings of fresh snow and repeated grooming. The last day was the best with 2-4" of fresh snow falling throughout the day.
 Family fun in the mountains. Nothing better than spring skiing and with the family... as good as it gets.
 Some of the terrain was closed due to the hardback conditions but the double blacks that were open were great. The fresh snow made it nice and we had to sneak in a few areas that were closed to enjoy the fresh snow on top of the crust. Perfect spring conditions in my book. Also nice having the crust which made for better tree skiing by being able to stay on top of the surface and not punch through at the wrong time.
 Jack ripping up the groomers.
 Jens flying through.
 Jonell carving it up on Lazy M. A nice long run probably the most skied slope at Red Lodge.
 I did both alpine and telemark skiing. Talked the kids in to trying telemark. Super cheap rentals from shop in town. The new equipment makes it much easier and more fun! Jake turning it up.
 Jon on the steeps with a free heel.

  Enjoying the new equipment.
Jack coming in for a turn. Beautiful mountain sunshine. 
 Shredding the fresh powder.

Family selfie on the other side of town taking in the sights. 
 Post ski run.
 Skiing the drainage. Fun stuff.  Didn't ever see a soul on this run. I have found the Red Lodge locals to be very particular on the snow which leaves a lot of terrain untracked and no crowds on the non powder days.
 Jens off the rails.
 More fun in the drainage.

 Had the mtb along, did a few rides including a wet snowy one the last morning checking out the scene at the Nordic center.
 Heading out of town, great ski fence that extended up to the balcony and around the trees.
Traditional breakfast at Red Lodge cafe in the historic downtown before heading out.  Like I said before, we love Red Lodge for it's simple, no ego, down to earth mountain town feel. No crowds, great terrain good vibe.
Fantastic trip, great memories.