Sep 27, 2008

Technical Unicycle Riding: South Mountain - Phoenix, AZ

A few us headed us Mormon Loop/National for little ride, and we ran into two doods at the waterfall doing a little sessioning on their unicycles. Chris and Marc were throwing it down on some really, really technical terrain. I was impressed they were hitting stuff that is hard an a mountain bike, but then Chris scrambled over to some boulders that were off the hook. It made for some pretty impressive shots.

Durtgurl has a second vid on her blog: Durtgurl's Blog

Here's a vid of the day:

Here's a link to the hi-res Quicktime version: Unicycling at South Mountain

Sep 16, 2008

Rattlesnake on South Mountain - Phoenix, AZ

On my way up the Fire Road, about halfway up between Pima Canyon parking lot and the trailhead for National, I spotted good sized rattler just kicking it on the side of the road.

Its not like I see a snake around every bend of the trail, but I've seen quite a few this summer. I'm thinking this due to the abundance of rain this year, providing lots of tasty morsels for vipes to eat.

Update: Bigrigmig made a comment that the snake appears to be a Black-tailed Rattlesnake. It sounds like a good call to me. Now I know. Thanks Bigrigmig!

Here's a short clip of the Rattlesnake:

Sep 13, 2008

Phoenix Mountain Preserve - Phoenix, AZ

I meet up with a dozen or so other buddies at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve to ride Trail 100 and other variations. I don't ride up there much, but it is an excellent trail system. Its the sort of system, that is really helpful to be riding with people who know the all the little loops and offshoots that can be done. We started outta Dreamy Draw, and stuck to the west side of the 51 (Piestewa Freeway - formally known as Squaw Peak Parkway).

Everybody recognized that temperatures are slowly becoming more tolerable. And the summer storms may have changed the look of the trail to frequent users, but from my perspective the trail look pretty intact. Of course my opinion is meaningless, as much of the trail we road today was my first time on 'em. The progression of these trails flows really well, as the climbs aren't terribly demanding, and the downhills are fun and swoopy. This a pretty kewl system of trails, considering they are surrounded by major arterials and houses.

Fun day!
Here's a vid:

A high res Quicktime version can be found here: Phoenix Mountain Preserve Ride

Sep 6, 2008

Pikes Place Market - Seattle, WA - 09/01/08

We had a few hours to kill before heading to the Sea-Tac airport for our flight back to Phoenix, so my beloved wife and I took a spin into downtown Seattle to dink around the Pikes Place Market.

What an amazing place. I've never been there when there wasn't buzz going on. It is a cacophony of hustle and bustle, interesting people, amazing colors and smells.

Since it was Labor Day, several of my go to shops like Delarenta and the world famous Pikes Place Fish Market were closed. World Spice was open, but I never put together a list of spices I was running low on.

We did have a couple of tasty crepes at Crepe de France.

Anycow, here's a short vid of some of the sites and sounds of the market.

A high res Quicktime version can be found here: Pikes Place Market

Sep 5, 2008

Harbor Days - 2008 Tugboat Races - Olympia, WA

My beloved wife and I headed back home to Olympia, WA for the Labor Day Weekend for a short visit to celebrate my dad's 75th birthday, to catch up with some friends and family, and to see some tugboats.

Olympia hosts the annual Harbor Days festival down on Percival Landing, which includes tugboat races on Budd Inlet. Good times. Big Brother Scott is an operator on a number of tugs, but today he was driving the Cedar King. The Cedar King which is still a working tug, routinely shuttle rafts of logs from out in the front of my Dad's condo, which overlooks the bay, over the the ships at the port of Olympia.

It was great to see everybody again. Loads of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and friends. And for 75, my old man is really enjoying life.

Happy Birthday Dad. We love you.

Here's a vid of the Tugboat Races:

A high res Quicktime version can be found here: Harbor Days 2008 Tugboat Races

Here's a vid my dad's Birthday Party:

A high res Quicktime version can be found here: Dad's Birthday Party