It’s been a busy new year. The first weekend was the annual Bandera 100 race. Unfortunately, the venue changed again to Camp Eagle. The loops were similar to Cactus Rose, just 5 miles longer with more climb. It was much harder than Bandera so I finished a little longer than usual.
We’ve had some cold days and Izzy took full advantage of the fireplace.
I got some work done around the house which included sanding and painting the railings
I did a little work around the house which included sanding and painting the railings. We also had the trimmers come and take care of all the trees. It’s pretty crazy how they scale everything to thin out the trees.
We’ve had a lot of rain so our trail trips were less frequent than previous years due to the flooding. Izzy still managed to get her sun in the yard.
I did a little cooking and took inspiration from Tracy’s sister’s veggie chili recipe. I also joined the NAU board foundation and made a quick trip to Phoenix for the first meeting. NAU rented a suite at the Suns stadium. It was nice meeting other alumni, but the Suns lost big.
Our furniture was scheduled to be delivered again in BV the first week of February. We had lunch with our friends, Dave an Jani. Coincidentally, their daughter was working in the doctors office in our building. We also made 3 trips to our favorite watering hole, Deerhammer.
Mid-week, we got a lot of snow and the dogs didn’t know what to think of it.
Our furniture finally made it and I took a picture of it with the drone.
When we got back to Austin the weather was incredible for a few days and we put in some miles at the trail.
We replaced the rug in the living room with one Tracy had ordered to BV
Our 2nd week in BV was colder and we got a little snow.
Most of the days were sunny but the mornings were really cold. We headed up to the mountains for a little hike, but ended up getting the truck stuck and had to be pulled out.
The dogs got lots of walks and the mountain air made them tired.
We visited the local distillery, Deerhammer, often.
The last day there was the BV Chocolate Walk. We got a scorecard from the community center and walked the dogs all over town collecting stamps on the card and chocolate. That evening there was a parade that started in front of our house.
The trip home was uneventful, but it still made Izzy tired.
On a sad note, Uncle Ed passed away this week. He was a very kind person and will be missed.
Edward Edward Benz passed away on Monday December 3, 2018 at the age of 92. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years Lillian, son Charles, daughter Diana, two grandsons Ryan and Randy and one great grandson Ryan Matthew. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. Edward loved sports and will be deeply missed. According to his wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
The three of us and the dogs drove to BV for the Thanksgiving break. Preston had the whole week off of school so he had a full 6 days here. He left this morning on the bus. We are expecting several delivery of furniture next week so we’ll be here a little longer.
The weather has been awesome and we have been walking the dogs everyday.
We climbed Midland hill earlier in the work. Darby had a couple adventures chasing deer.
Our neighbors in BV are also from Austin and they took us to an arch that is only a couple 4wd miles from the house. We climbed up on top and the views were incredible.
We are back in Austin now, but I wanted to add the last picture of BV – Tracy at the dog park at sunrise.
Saturday night, the 3 of us met some friends at the Planned Parenthood dinner.
Alan and I used to work together at Dell.
Helen is his mom and Cara, his wife.
Isn’t that a group of strong women.
The event honored Cecile Richards who is the outgoing CEO of Planned Parenthood.
A surprise guest was Nancy Pelosi, who introduced Cecile.
Afterwards, in the park next to the hotel, there was a Beto rally that featured a concert by Willy Nelson. It’s estimated that 10k people showed up. We were a long ways back, but Tracy managed to get close enough for a zoomed in picture.
I’ve been wrapping up the remaining projects before Tracy comes in today. Our master closet got an upgrade from the container store. However, their website is really terrible and I ordered the wrong brackets for a shelf. I called and get the new part number, and those were wrong also. All that stuff is going back and I’ll just order another shoe shelf.
We have some artwork, but the shipment of frames were cracked.
I’ve perfected my “Campfire Salmon” over the summer. I think I’ve found the perfect mix of vegetables, spices, and fish.
Darby and Izzy are as cute as ever. I think they will be excited to get back to Austin, but will miss chasing all the critters here.
Everyday we do a walk along the river. Both dogs can now be trusted to be off the leash and not get swept away by the river.
This is the view from the above the river on the other side. Our house is just behind the hotel in the bottom right corner.
8 miles from the house is a section of the Colorado trail that climbs 2,700 ft in just over 3 miles. I’ve climbed it a lot and have never been able to break the hour mark on the ascent. Before my race, my best was 1:02. Yesterday I went out and came up a minute short which really ticked me off. Today, I went back and did it with 8 seconds to spare. I also set a new personal record on the descent with just over 34 minutes. The picture below is my on top looking towards Silver creek and all it’s orange Aspen trees.
I’ve been the project person the last week. Between IKEA and Container Store, I’ve been busy. Our master closet got an upgrade of new shoe shelves and drawers.
The master got a new dresser under the TV.
The same dresser went in the upstairs bedroom.
IKEA was out of the big drawers, but I was able to put half a dresser together.
Yesterday in yoga class, I was told about a half marathon that was sponsoring a few of the local non-profits. The race started close to where the Cottonwood aid station was on the HL100 and ran through the autumn-colored canyon to the main road heading into town.
There were 214 people in the race and I finished 9 minutes shy of 2 hours and took 48th place.
Afterwards, I was tired and Darby had no issue lounging around with me.
I’ve been busy around the house the last couple weeks. Tracy keeps shipping stuff so I’ve had a lot of projects. Last week, I did make it out to Little Browns’ Creek trail and climbed Mt. Antero. I’ve climbed this route several times, but I never turned up the last 1,000ft to the summit. Antero is not a pretty mountain – it’s mainly rock and scree and scared by many 4WD trails.
With the exception of one day last week, the weather was terrible. Storms rolled in every afternoon and caused the dogs to run and hide.
The dogs may be hiding, but I was busy. The picture below shows the amount of boxes I broke down. Lots of Ikea, other furniture, and fixtures. I needed to use my neighbors trash can to get rid of all our trash.
Izzy is a big lover and is always under my feet.
The weather turned nice and we’ve been hiking the river trail. Our house is in the background on the left side of the picture.
On Saturday, I climbed Harvard and then did the traverse across the ridge to Columbia. My watch wasn’t working so I grabbed someone’s else’s GPX file below so I’d have a record of the route. It was a fun hike since the traverse is mainly off road. The only negative on the day was that I came across two young guys from Ft Worth that were way over their head on the ridge. I guided them across, but they were so slow that I was forcing the dogs to cross their legs at home.
Football season started this weekend and I installed a TV on the deck so we could enjoy the nice weather. Izzy enjoys it also.
The Monday Night Football game last night was awful, but the sunset was pretty.
The sunrise this morning was just as beautiful.
*** Update – waling to get ice cream last night – our house is the one in front on the right