Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Grand Enchantment Trail - El Niño

As many of you know, we are going to be hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail this spring. In fact, we are leaving in about three weeks! It looks like it will be a fantastic year to hike it due to our massive winter rains. But this also presents a conundrum. If you look closely at the map above, we cross those lovely purple splotches that represent 180% of average snowfall! So, while we'll be thankful for the water and wildflowers in the desert, we'll be facing significant stretches of snow (the trail reaches nearly 11,000' in five different sections of trail). This illustrates what hikers call the "weather window". The idea is to start early enough in the season to beat the heat in the lower elevations but not to arrive in the mountains before the snow is melted out. Therefore, picking a start date is kind of a gamble. Luckily, our schedule allows us to be flexible. I believe there will be about 3-4 other hikers attempting a thru-hike this spring and all of them are starting before us. Only time will tell who guessed right!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Travel is fatal to
prejudice, bigotry and
and many of our people
need it solely on
these accounts.
- Mark Twain

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mother Hips - Are You Free?

First official music video from our favorite band.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sweet bike rack dude!

Lori and I threw this together in an afternoon. You may remember our previous attempt.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Seven Falls

Did a nice hike out to Seven Falls today. Perfect 72' weather and obviously a lot of water - had to cross the creek 8-9 times! With the snowfall we've had on Mt. Lemmon, I'd say it will be flowing like this for a good long time.

Monday, March 1, 2010