Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Packed Weekends

Posting has been minimal lately with so many activities packed into every weekend, purchasing a new home and all the holiday events. Thanks to The Corums and Armstrongs for making trips to SLC recently. We enjoyed spending time with you but more importantly know that Sean and Gracie love having you here.

After narrowing down our home search area through drives in potential neighborhoods, we found an area that is affordable and will make our life richer. Our new home will offer more space inside and out, elementary school less than 2 blocks away and cut my office commute from 16 to 4 miles. We are excited by the changes though dreading the actual move.

Our trip to the Uinta mountains the weekend before Christmas to stay in a Yurt was a success. Though there was lots of crying on the hikes to and from, we enjoyed the experience and will definately do another yurt trip in the future.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cold Gear review

With snow yet to fall in Salt Lake, temperatures still indicate the presence of winter. This mornings low was predicted to be 12 degress, unfortunately it was only 16 when I woke up. The good news is that I broke my previous cold weather bike commuting record of 18 degrees with this mornings commute.

A drink of water was out of the question about half way in. Still frozen after thawing for few minutes once at the office.

In addition to testing my determination, this mornings commute allowed a test of my cold weather gear. Cold weather commuting is a tough balance of warmth without sweating like Tiger Woods in the midst of a mistress discovery. I am still waiting on a warmer pair of tights to arrive from my online shopping fiasco (wrong size, out of stock product). In the meantime, I must rely on light tights and a pair of xc ski pants over the top on days below 20. The combo worked quite well keeping me warm without sweat pouring down my legs. I also stepped up my upper base layer to a heavy weight xc synthetic ski shirt which was almost too much as I had to begin unzipping my jacket after 4 miles. I will surely be a sweaty pig on the ride home. My purchase of Pearl Izumi Amfib lobster gloves continues to pay off. I found the gloves over the summer at less than half original price and have never experienced cold fingers while wearing them(even this morning). They are almost too warm as they were sweaty upon my arrival at the office this morning.

I am now on the hunt for a solution to cold feet while riding in temps below 20. My current set-up is a nice wool/synthetic ski sock with Sugoi resistor booties over the top of my shoes. Though the Sugoi booties keep my feet pretty warm in temps above 20, my feet were cold 30 minues in and ice blocks by the time I reached my office. There are plenty of shoe covering options on the market but I don't like shelling out full price for such gear. I may try and fabricate a synthetic wool "sock" to fit over my shoe before putting the sugio booties over. For now, knowing that a warm shower and thawed feet get closer the harder I pedal keeps me going.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dancing Queen

Gracie shows off her moves for Danny, Duke and Daddy. It's obvious that she has my rythym and Sarah's singing ability.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Thanks to Aunt Renae and Uncle Daniel for making a trip to Utah. The kids thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled for the weekend. Of course Sarah and I enjoyed having you in our home as well.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Need I say more?
P.S. Thanks for the picture Jim P.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Chet and I thought crossing over to the dark side of spandex would be safe on the white rim trail. Apparently not.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leaves and Talking dogs

The weather in SLC has been great the past few weeks allowing lots of outside play. The kids and I raked leaves to play in last weekend.

We also got a chance to meet Marthie the talking dog at the library. Sean was pretty disappointed when he realized it was only a human dressed in a Marthie suit. He was convinced we were going to see a real talking dog. Gracie just ran around the room yelling "Marthie" but refused to get within 10 feet of the Marthie.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Trends come and go

My trip to the desert of southern Utah revealed the latest fad of mid ride socializing.

Mini Beers

As you can see, I'm not buying into the trend.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ricky Sighting

For those trailer park boys fans out there.

I rounded the corner in my office the other day and came across this guy. It took me a moment to realize it wasn't Ricky. Though I do wonder if Derek has a secret Ricky shirt hook-up?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

White Rim Trip Report

This past weekend I set out with 10 others on a mountain biking/camping trip through the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park. Scott mentioned the trip last year after receiving a permit for October 09, leaving me in anticipation for a year. We drove to Moab Friday night for a quick start Saturday morning.

Jim inspecting the packing job.
After getting paperwork completed at the park office, it was time for the Schafer trail, a fat bikers dream(downhill = no pedaling).

See the road below me. Shannon descending the road (white helmet)

Some don't care to walk across this arch (me). Others show off while in such a precarious spot.

Jim mashing the pedals
Mike catching up (see the red spec on the road)

Night #1 sunset from camp
Jim taking pictures along the way. (see the tiny spec at the canyon rim). After seeing the number of pictures Jim was shooting, I decided to put my camera down and wait for a CD from him post trip.Though I did manage one more picture of Chet and Shannon at the alleged Colorado/Green River confluence. Look at Scott save his PBR from sure death if it were to fall over the 1000' cliff next to him.
We rode out Monday afternoon after three days of easy pedaling, great scenery and good memories. This trip ranks high on the list of good times this year.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mommy gone

With Mom tending to MawMaw for the weekend, I got my share of entertaining two wild and happy kids for a few days. I tried my best to tire them each day with hiking, fishing and bike riding. We had a great time together but were so happy when mommy came back on Monday. Many thanks to the other moms who helped me out by watching the kids last weekend.

Sean and Gracie being sweet just before bed time. Sean holding baby Deja

Sean and Mia more interested in "driving the boat" since the fish weren't biting. Thanks again to Bart for taking us out to Willard bay.
Big Mouth

Playground fun

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rare Moments

I was lucky to have my camera handy at the right time yesterday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Denver Rocks

As previously noted, we recently enjoyed a family vacation to Denver and Colorado Springs following my business trip. I met up with some friends for mountain biking in Denver so they could put SLC trails to shame. I was extremely disappointed to discover Denver MTB trails are not cleared of all rocks (SLC trails are smooth and buff). Riding a 1995 Gary Fisher hardtail with the front fork locked out, I got to experience the toughness of Denver rocks. Unfortunately, my shoulder lost the battle against those rocks, leaving me with torn ligaments. I'm now three weeks since riding a bike and about to go stir crazy. Now that I have regained some use of my left arm, I hope to get back on my bike this week. In the meantime, more pictures of Sean and Gracie.

Getting along, for a short time anyway

Doing everything big brother does
We didn't even get pooped on.
The calm before the storm.

Sean getting a cow milking lesson

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Kids

Sean and Gracie cruising the hood on Sean's 4-wheeler.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Weekend Update

Its been a while since I uploaded pictures from our fun filled September weekends. Labor day weekend consisted of a brutal mountain bike race in Park City. At about mile 15, I wondered what the hell I was thinking when I signed up for such an event. Once I finished my portion at mile 30, I swore to never try such thing again. After a few hours of recovery, I started wondering how much faster I could be next year with some actual training.

The following weekend was Mom's Gone Wild, allowing me some daddy time with Sean and Gracie. We enjoyed our weekend keeping busy with friends and playing outside.

The next weekend was spent in Colorado Springs with Aunt Michele and Uncle Lowell. We played lots of garage hockey, went to the Denver botanical gardens, and hit the CO Springs zoo again.