Category Archives: Trips

Hardrock 100

Preston and I drove to Silverton, CO to watch some of the Austin runners participate in the Hardrock 100 trail race.  The race does a giant circle through the mining towns in the San Juan’s.

We also went exploring on the course.  We hiked up to Island Lake to the pass the course goes over.

The following day, Preston and I hiked up to an old mine on the Bear Creek trail.  The race goes close to hear through a different canyon, with similar drop offs.

 

A couple of days road trip over Spring Break

Since Preston is able to drive now, we decided to load up my new truck and take a small road trip.  He drove the whole way.  We started with a drive to Colorado Bend State Park.  It’s about 2.5 hours away and is a large area on the Colorado River.

We ended up mountain biking some intermediate trails for 3 hours.  We were sore, tired, and hungry when we were finished.  Here’s a view from Strava and a couple of pictures in front of Gorman Falls in the park.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
02:58:56 02:38:28 14.94 5.66 21.92 731.63
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

 

That night we stayed in Lampasas, Texas in a small hotel.  We had a nice dinner, watched basketball, and fell asleep to a movie.  The next day we drove to Pedernales State Park.   Traffic was backed up almost a mile outside of the gate.  We made a game time call and went to Walnut Creek Park in Austin instead.  We’ve ridden there many times, but the trails weave all directions so we always get lost.  Our sore bodies only lasted 6 miles before we called it a day.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:00:13 00:51:40 6.05 7.02 15.43 162.07
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

 

Back to Mexico

We headed back to Mexico for a week.  This time we stayed on Isla Mujeres, which is a small island East of Cancun.  After a 30 minute taxi to the ferry terminal, it’s just 8 miles to the island.  It’s a small island – about 1 mile wide and 10 miles long.

This is an evening and morning view from our balcony.

Everyday was the same.  We’d head out for a walk to somewhere on the island early  morning.  Some days we’d go 4 miles, some days 8 miles…. we didn’t have a time schedule.  The picture below is a bar at the southern tip.

These are from the Eastern shore.

This is up the peninsula….  Tracy is a stray dog magnet.

This is the front door of a house close to town.

Every afternoon was spent on the beach or by the pool.  Eating lots of food and drinking nice cocktails.

 

One afternoon while the lady next to us napped; a large iguana jumped up between her legs.  We quietly woke her up and suggested that she crawl forward off her lounge, but not before I got the camera out.  My mom would have loved to have been there 🙂

 

Here’s Tracy a few minutes later feeding him.  Every day he sat on the back of the same lounge.  I guess he felt it was reserved for him.

We ate outside every night – not a bit of rain.  After dinner, we’d lounge around and enjoy the sunset, play pool, or participate in the evening entertainment.

 

  

Short trip to Tampa

We went to Tampa over the weekend to attend a memorial for Tracy’s mom’s boyfriend.  It was a nice service and great to spend time with Michael and Jennifer.

We had an hour to kill before Jennifer’s flight came in so we went to a park next to the bay.

Before flying out, we went back to the park.  It was a warm and sunny day.

When we got back, Izzy needed some sun also.

A relaxing day around Leadville

It was nice waking up without having to put in miles.  I still woke up extremely early, but rather than packing up a tent, I made coffee and caught up on the news.  We had a relaxing morning but headed to Mt Elbert Trailhead around 9am.  We climbed to 12,000ft, just above tree line and stopped there since there was a storm coming in later in the afternoon.

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After heading home to clean up, we headed to the new brewery in town and met my friend Mark and his girlfriend Danielle .  He’s running the race also.   The rain came later and the temperature drooped about 15 degrees so we spent a few hours at the brewery.

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The Leadville greeter, James, was there also.  He’s an interesting guy.

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On the way home, we got a look the mountains and all of them had a fresh dusting of snow.

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Back from Alaska

We are back from Alaska…. incredible weather.  We did around 125 miles (Strava from my watch below)

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
19:21:31 10:59:33 124.41 11.32 29.97 227.03
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

 

I’ll post a video next week, but here are 10% of the total pictures we took.

Just click on the picture below.

 

On the way to Alaska

For the next two weeks I will be kayaking with my brother and four friends in glacier bay.   

It was impossible to make it all the way there in one day so I spent last night on Seattle.  I was hoping to have dinner with my friend Todd, but he suggested that we go to the mariners game. That sounded  great and he came through with rock star seats.  I was staying in Tacoma and dreaded the long drive at rush hour so the doorman suggested I take the express bus.  For less than $8 the bus took me almost door to door on less that an hour.  

We were joined by his friend Reggie. The weather couldn’t have been better and the mariners won.  This is a picture from our seats.  

I’ll meet everyone at the airport this afternoon and we are off to Alaska  

Santa Fe 

My flight is not until this evening so I thought I’d check out Sante Fe on the way to the airport.  After an awesome breakfast at a place I found online, I decided to wander around downtown.  Lots of churches and art galleries but there was also a car show going on.  Some of my favorites from the event below.