Thursday, May 16, 2013
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Reebok High Performance program and advanced to the Final 54 group for the 16 age division. (Rushing up the ice past two Edina state champion players, Miguel Fidler and Tyler Nanne above in the crossover game where they played the 17 age group). After watching 16 or 1997 born players the last 5-6 years, it doesn't surprise me two of the 16 age group beat 17 age group teams. A very deep pool of talent and fun to watch the kids progress and see where they end up.
Most people won't want to hear this but I will be surprised if we don't go through May without another snowfall. There is no control over the weather and just have to make the most of the hand that is dealt. I am sure the Loons were hoping for more open water when they returned but until then, they seem to be doing just fine with what water is avail.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
It's hard to go a day without someone talking about how long this winter had dragged on. Started this post before the big storm hit central and southeast MN on Thursday...wow, what a crazy April! Just a few inches up here today but the past week has seen snow every day and there is more snow this week than there was a this time last week! We have had 7 months in a row of snow! Fargo has been breaking records and the more moisture that adds to the snowpack and lack of significant melting this spring so far could make things interesting in a few weeks if it warms quickly. Last year the unusually warm spring made good headlines for the warm weather being connected to global warming. This spring the global cooling folks are licking their chops. It's almost comical to read both point of views and some of the claims. There are charts showing global warming and charts showing global cooling and polar ice cap increasing.
Last year at this time, the trails were free of snow and we were mountain biking on the trails. As of today, there is still 1-3 feet of snow in the woods. However, fat biking has been a total blast with the top layer of the snow pack turning over to a crust that makes it possible to go anywhere. I have been fortunate to hit it a few mornings and the surface is like slickrock found in Moab, UT.
One morning the crust was absolutely perfect and the ski trails were like paved paths making for incredible fun. Especially on the smooth groomed trails and the up and downs of North Loup ski trail.
Cranking out another ski deep in to spring. Goal is to ski in May!!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
This week Jonell and I made reality our dream retirement home with the purchase of a Scamp. To be honest, I did not know anything about the Scamp until fellow mountain biker Jay "Hollywood" Henderson came rolling in to Maplelag with one a few years back with stories a plenty of cycling adventures and other excursions.
With the great outdoors the living room to unlimited adventure, all else that is needed is a place to rest at night with the capacity to make mac and cheese and hot dogs. No bathroom but sure we can manage. Jonell and I put in a lot of time in a tent when we first dated including a lot of rainy and a few snowy nights. This will be a nice upgrade!
Last summer we were passing through Backus, MN, the home of the Scamp factory and stopped to take a look at the finer details. After a lively visit with the Scamp people, we almost pulled the trigger for a fall delivery but held off. Thanks to some help, we were able to make things happen for a delivery this spring. The factory cranks out around 400 a year with the 13 and 15 footer models most popular. There are tons of options available.
Final adjustments before rolling out. The sales office and detail room provided some good entertainment.
Have to credit to Jonell for taking charge on making it happen. Looking forward to some fun adventures!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Last week I celebrated my 43rd. The day was about as good as it gets and worthy of a post. A few years back when I was going through Lyme disease, I wondered if I would ever be able to be active like I was pre-Lyme. Each year after being treated with antibiotics, things got better and took the advise of the infectious disease specialist to push myself physically and focused on keeping positive and opted out of iv antibiotics. Anyways, at the end of the day on Tuesday March 26th, 2013 I was thankful for everything I was able to do with my amazing family.
Up until last week, I was able to keep half of the ice rink skateable. Had to flood each night and do some patch work but all worth it to be able to skate in the evenings and mornings with the kids. Tuesday before school, Jens and I went out for a half hour.
Jon is super busy during the winter with hockey and hard to do much anything else with late night practice and many afternoons staying in town to avoid multiple trips back and forth. We went out skate skiing when he got home from school doing a lap on Skaters waltz.After skiing, we were back on the rink with Jack skating and playing a little hockey.
A most excellent week continued as we made our way west for four days of skiing in Red Lodge MT for Easter break. The days consisted of skiing, eating and movies. Watched a lot of Disney movies for a change of pace with Lion's King getting the top nod. Wrapped up the 30daysofskiing and posted a lot of pictures on that blog. Working on a video this week hope to have finished some late night......
spring around here which still finds tons of snow.....no complaints!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Big event weekend past was Jon's team competing in the State Bantam A hockey tourney. This year MN hockey split the youth levels like high school having a AA and A division. This allowed smaller schools like Detroit Lakes a better chance to get to state instead of having to go through larger AA associations like Brainerd and Moorhead. It also allowed more powerhouses in the cities like Edina to give more kids the chance to go to state that might be finished with hockey after Bantams. Lot of pre season discussion on the split but personally I feel it was a good deal even though not entirely in favor of having schools like Edina spread their dominance at all levels.
First game matched up vs East Grand Forks and took the win putting them in the semifinal vs Edina. Tough loss losing 0-1 on an evenly matched game and fantastic netminding by both sides. Third place game matched up vs Crow River. After a 4-1 early in the third period, four unanswered goals by CR giving them the third place crown. Overall a great season and solid placing at 4th place.
Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL congratulated Jon as he had been listed with the club. Here is a link that explains what it means. Jon will try to attend their prospects camps the next six months but will be playing high school next season at Detroit Lakes to set things straight.
Sunday night got hit nicely by good ol fashioned blizzard. Total snowfall around 7" but an impressive wind shutting stuff down in eastern ND and western MN Monday. Kids had snow day so Jens and Jack helped packed for three hours helping knock out a lot of trail. Endless winter continues!!
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Last week Jon's team was in Anoka for Regions. After losing the first game to Hopkins 4-5, they went on to win the next four games and a trip to the state tourney which is next weekend! Very exciting games and the team all played their roles to help achieve this accomplishment.
Wasn't really sure how to get down there so took a paved path down. Car put in park, and slid down almost to the ice! Might of been illegal but no one came by so all good.
Drove by during the day and have to say one of the coolest outside set ups I have ever seen.Once again, I am on a quest to ski 30 days in a row in March. The goal is to Nordic ski whenever possible and if conditions or situations prevent that, other forms of skiing allowed.
Check out the 30days blog for more photos. They were very helpful in the kitchen, especially Claire and really did help out big time. Blog posts might be few this month with daily postings on the 30 day action. Winter lodging season ends at Maplelag after this weekend, even though we have the most snow we have had all winter!! Looking forward to some great skiing this month!