Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quick out and back to Thorp, 21 miles, 6 degrees!


Lot of wood stoves burning today
But what a colorful haze!

Busy otters


This very young juvenile Bald Eagle was already huge!
The black beak tip is a good indicator of age.
Judging by the size I assume it's a she.
Reverse sexual dimorphism is a common trait among raptors.

A month or so ago I took a photo of a adult bald eagle at this spot
This juvenile chased that bird away this morning

Some geese



This is one of my favorite hidden swimming spots
It's called Gladmar Research Area
Tucked away near thorp, never busy.
Bring a snorkel, tons of trout other cool aquatic creatures too!

The area is a slow moving portion of the Yakima River

Jellyfish
Just kidding, just a very cool ice formation


Last shot before my fully charged camera battery died
I assume it's because of the single digit temperatures

This was all on or very close to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail


Thursday, December 29, 2016

video of the ride down the mountain, then all the way back home


Set to this great Jackson 5 remix

Manastash Ridge!

On my way to Manastash

up on a mountain

Cove road

Ellensburg in the distance

Manastash Ridge

Lots of climbing, lots of sunshine! 

Favorite Capture of 2016


My favorite shot of 2016
and my favorite wildlife shot of all time.

I almost didn't take my camera that day!




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Changes


This can happen when you quit your abrasive sales job, 
sell the house you never got to enjoy, 
move out to the country, 
become a vegetarian, 
and fervently follow your passions.

I've been thin before but this is the first time in my life
where I have felt sincerely healthy
in mind, spirit, and body.

Big difference was approaching goals from a place of love.
Anger is cheap fuel, burns fast, and doesn't last,
you must learn to love yourself before you can love your life.

I hope all of you get to have a healthy, happy, love-filled and passion-driven 2017.

(John Wayne Trail yesterday)
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Slice of Every Season


A photo from every season this year
All areas accessed via bicycle
2016 for me was one of the best adventure years ever!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice Celebration Ride

One of my favorite spots along the Yakima

Quiet, private, good place to meditate

Love riding in the snow, when the ice kicks up everything sparkles

I watched this Blue Heron for awhile, hoping to see it snag a crawdad 

It was on the other side of this creek


Never did see it snatch anything, he was just chillin' 


This park is so great, there's a mountain bike park, frisbee golf course
and I always see some great birds/animals

Out in the farmland now, still plenty of snow



I smile, wave, and say hello to all animals i pass

Beautiful horse

Talk about great property, could you imagine this as your yard?
This is up on Durr Rd, it's an insane climb to get here

But once you're up here, you can see so many mountains

Even Rainier


Had to blaze my own trail at this point, lot of effort

Elk, or big deer

In a constant state of awe and wonder once you reach this place

Hello!


Wish I could have gotten closer, Rough-Legged Hawk
Winter visitor, dark patches under the wings make for easy identification

Mt. Stuart is the big one to the right, 
coming down the mountain at this point

Trying to smile, but also trying to combat snow blindness





Is there a more beautiful mountain?
#Tahoma

Deer family on the way home

Full Circle

Had to fix this flat. Got it patched it up and inflated only to have the valve stem break off.
I think it's because the pump froze to the stem once inflated. 
Anyway, installed a new spare tube and just partially disassembled the pump after the valve.
Didn't want to risk the valve breaking it off again, and it didn't and i made it home.
Frustrating at the end, but still easily one of the best rides I've done out here.

Happy Winter Solstice!
More sun from here on out!