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“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
On April 11, 2012, I made my first blog post. I was inspired by words from a podcast.
Now, one year later, this blog continues to be an enjoyable endeavor. I appreciate every blog follower and visitor.
In this anniversary post, I’m still inspired by podcasts. What can I say…I listen to lots of them!
The following quote, from Vinnie Tortorich’s Angriest Trainer podcast, really sums up the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle.
“Put life into living, and do it with enthusiasm!”
FREE YOUR HEELS…
PLAY IN SNOW…
BE SILLY & LAUGH…
APPRECIATE THE “LITTLE” THINGS…
HANG OUT WITH A BUDDY…
LEND A HELPING HAND…
FREE YOUR MIND. FREE THE ANIMALS…
“Put life into living and do it with enthusiasm!”
I love that quote and I love Vinnie’s podcast. But, I have a little more to add.
Yes- put living into your own life. But- also allow others to live their own lives.
To the fellow listeners and fans of the Angriest Trainer podcast:
Don’t be a “carnivorous vegan,” be an actual vegan. You can do NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) VEGAN style!
Adopt the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle…and do it with enthusiasm!
I don’t have many pictures from the current ski season, so here is a backcountry trip down memory lane…
The time was January 1-2, 2011.
The place was the “Back Bowls” of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, in Wenatchee, WA.
The weather was bluebird.
The solitude was magical.
The skiing was exceptional.
The snow was our art canvas.
Our Telemark turns were the brush strokes…
DAY ONE – JANUARY 1
DAY TWO – JANUARY 2
The conditions were a little different when we came “Back” to the bowls this year, Skiing Among Burnt Trees.
WOW…what a fabulous first day of 2013 at Mission Ridge!
This is a little place we like to call “Kevin’s”…
Alder Ridge – Mountain Bike – September 15, 2012
This mountain bike ride to Alder Ridge (trail 1523) was actually “Plan B.” Our intended ride was Chickamin Tie (trail 1561) via Minnow Ridge (trail 1524). Although the Chickamin trails were open when we checked, they were closed at some point before we arrived at the trailhead. The closures are/were due to extensive forest fire activity in the area.
The Alder Ridge trailhead is located just down the road from the Chickamin trails. This is near Lake Wenatchee, WA. To get there, turn off Highway 2 onto Highway 207, then take the Chiwawa River Road to the well-marked trailhead. This general area is called the Entiat/Mad River/Lower Chiwawa area.
This was a solid day trip and worthy of a repeat. We started at 2400 ft and climbed steadily to a high point of 6200 ft in about 8 1/2 miles. The singletrack tread was mostly smooth toward the bottom and a bit more rocky toward the top. It was “steepish” but mostly “rideable.” (Subjective, I know!) I felt strong and I didn’t have to get off my bike too many times . Due to dry conditions, the trail was sandy in places, but not bad. Dust…yes, there was plenty of that. The descent was a blast and over too fast!
This is a multiple use trail system…which means that our fresh air was briefly fouled with the toxic fumes of several motorcycles on the ascent. (Cough, cough – deep, forceful exhales!!) That was the only negative part of the trip. Fortunately, the motor traffic was probably “light” due to the fire closures.
Our biking group of 3 vegans and 1 omnivore also met a pair of hunters. They seemed nice enough, though I’ll never understand how anyone can take pleasure in killing a deer.
After that, I rode on, repeating silently in my mind over and over…
“I manifest good luck to the animals in the forest.”
Click on an image to enlarge and view the photos in a gallery. In the photos, you will see maps of the area, views of Glacier Peak, and views from our high point of 6200 ft. (We didn’t quite make it to Mad Lake.) We photographed the Basalt Peak fire to the north and the Wenatchee fires to the south.
Cutthroat Pass – Mountain Biking – August 7, 2009 & August 14, 2010
This trail is a favorite on the bike. The first 1.7 miles climbs a mellow 400 ft as it follows Cutthroat Creek to Cutthroat Lake. (Take a peek at Cutthroat Lake by taking the 0.2 mile spur trail.) From the lake, the trail climbs another 1900 ft in 3.8 miles to Cutthroat Pass (6800 ft). Prepare for gorgeous mountain views!
The trail is really nice for biking: the grade is never too steep and the singletrack is basically smooth and firm, with variable sections of sandy, or loose rocky Eastern Washington tread.
To get here, take Road 400 from Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway), about 3 miles east of Washington Pass. Trail 483 starts at 4500 ft.
(Click on a picture to enlarge the images and view in a photo gallery.)
Vesper Peak, WA – Backcountry Ski
This was a trip to remember…Lucky Sevens! 7/07/07. Vesper Peak is accessed from the Mountain Loop Highway, just before Barlow Pass. Take the Sunrise Mine road (#4065) and Sunrise Mine trail (#707).
(Click on a picture to enlarge and view in a photo gallery.)
Some videos of the descent. Despite the sun cups and rain runnels, the corn (snow) was nicely cooked!
I love the following video! I didn’t know that I was being filmed, but this was a euphoric moment. I had to take a minute to savor it, because the descent from Headlee Pass was steep, narrow, and not a place where I wanted to fall!
Here is a video of the main creek crossing: