Friday, January 27, 2012


Home made chocolate chip cookies all warm and gooey fresh outta the oven? Awesome

Thursday, January 26, 2012

turning a corner

see what I did there?  ;-]

Round here, looks like the worst of winter is behind us, turning a corner as it were.  Our daytime temps are getting back into the 50's on a regular basis, meaning what moisture we have been receiving has been draining off the trails quite well.  

All that means reliable riding has been picking back up, schweet.

Had Shredder out with me recently, her rookie racing season just on the horizon and now quickly approaching.  Together, we learned time spent in the studio spinning does not necessarily equal the effort mother nature demands of you on the singletrack.

Nope, there is no hiding from the demands of the trail.  

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

so sick!

too funny! My favorite- (on the lip of a bunny hill) droppin in!

DISCLAIMER: this author is in no way represented in the below video in any form whatsoever, in person, in abstentia, in radness, or stokedness, in fact, fiction or parody.  Any and all parallels drawn are pure conjecture of the spurious sort.

Hey did you see my blog?

Duuude!  check out that cutty!  pfffft!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

one thousand seven words

annnd as a slideshow with bonus content.  That was a fun trip, thx for playing along everyone!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

one thousand words

Having just returned from the Juan, I think I'll let the pixels do the talking for a bit.  Look for a new installment each day this week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

hero dirt

The trails are dry. 
Thank dog almighty the trails are dry! 

Have not had a meaningful ride in like 3 weeks what with first snow, then ice, then soul-crushing mud clogging our local singletrack. 

And then there's me all kitted up with my new Christmas swag and nowhere to ride. Ouch is right my friends :-/ 
awesomeness: new saddle
But today 01.11.12, precisely @ 12.20 local time, our mud finally gave way to our version of hero dirt- where the tread is firmly bedded down yet still retaining that schweet, schweet tackiness of recent moisture now past. Makes for blasting runs and carving turns like an absolute Pro. 

Or so I've heard anyway. ;-] 

So I borrowed some time @ lunch today to reacquaint my legs, lungs to that distant concept that is mountain biking. Legs cooperated, but the lungs were still in holiday mode, complaining on every climb. Still, hardly a soul on the trails but me and those guys from the Black Keys belting out Lonely Boy on every turn and run. 

And with each climb done, the downhills await!- all pain promptly forgotten. 

And forgiven. 

Man! but sometimes I do luv dirt.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

who we are

I'm always curious as to who stops by this here corner of the interweb tubes.  Looking thru the 2011 sidebar poll, looks like we have a most excellent crew: you had me at angling-mountain biking-hiking-photographing-outdoor loving-coffee sipping-work dodging-insomniacs.  As for those gluttons out there, still don't know what you all are thinking, but thanks all the same, there's sure to be more where that came from!  ;-)
Would like to keep the tradition alive in 2012, but figured we'd change it up a bit.  You'll see a coupla new polls sidebar right: what are your dream trips for 2012?  

Oh and feel fee to leave relevant GPS coordinates to your secret places in the comments below, thxsomuchkbye.

EDIT: tinkering around with the blog paid me back by deleting the fishing poll- I'm such an idiot.  Take two now posted~

Monday, January 2, 2012

a new year's juan

Man, I don't know bout you guys, but seems like it's been forever since we last stepped into a stream.

Round here, November usually proves a good time to hit up the Juan, what with soccer obligations letting up.  Not so this year, as our NM Game and Fish folks have been conducting major rehabilitation work on our favorite stretch of the Juan.  Yep, you read that right- a renovation project on the fabled San Juan river.  More on that later in the week.

Anyhoo, with renovation work finally complete + holiday visitations done = time to pull the trigger on a new years trip up north.

Turns out the lake turned over just last week, rendering less than 2' visibility thru turbid water, darnit- that spells tough fishing.  At least the new digs proved impressive, adding plenty of new holes to spread out the anglers and the fish.  

Not much help for the boy and I in the AM, we worked over each new hole encountered, beating the water into submission with not a single fish to show for it.  Frustration mounting with each barren pool, I took to wading right thru each in turn to sample the depth, see what we chased out for our swing back around later in the day.  Nada!  What gives, dude!

Early afternoon, we make it up to the famous ESPN hole, losing two fish to LDR's.  But still!  Where's the beef, man?!

A bit dejected, and bewildered, we swing back around to try our hand thru the braids again.  Sheesh, like learning the river all over again!

Late in the day, I'm sitting bankside sorting thru the day's third birdsnest while Will works over a pool previously pounded in the AM.  Hey Dad, there's a fish rising, and another one!  Schweet dude, that's what we're needing!  

I put my head down in an attempt to focus on the task at hand, dam near hopeless- how does he do it?  Dad, I got one!  Awright, that's the stuff buddy!

Making an executive decision, I promptly cut away our second leader, lay the rod aside, and join the fun.

Five hours fishing and not a fish to hand, huh.  The sun makes its dip toward the canyon walls and the braids finally come alive as fish after fish stage out of those new holes to feed on the late afternoon midge hatch, schweet.  

Five hours of mounting frustration culminating in 90 minutes of midging frenzy, I now revel in my boy's grin growing with each fish released.  

Yep, that's the Juan for you.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

normal programming

EDIT: Aaaannd we're back!  Happy New Year everyone!

Yep, the giving season has extended itself out to these here interweb tubes.  You're welcome!  ;-)

Click the headers to rearrange our oDFFT format.  Click into the entries to expand the content.  A fun example is to click into Flipcard, then click Flipcard's labels tab, then into mtb or flyfishing or whatever.

Pretty cool, but you lose any sidebar widgets in the meantime.  Lemme know what you think~  mike