Saturday, January 28, 2017

27.35 mi 3481ft elevation - 5.5 hours - Durr Rd Radio attempt

Last year that nest was commandeered by a great horned owl family
Pictures of those owlets are somewhere are on a previous blog post

No sunshine today, or a paved trail once off road

Two signs that are always a recipe for fat bike fun

into the great unknown!

Durr rd in the center, gives you an idea of today's topography

One brave soul went before me, with tank treads
never saw the vehicle, but it had to be magnificently overbuilt.

Hah, dig it!

This route is literally uphill both ways
dips into a canyon then back up out of the canyon
repeat on the way back

Umptanum Canyon
(notice the power line on top of the hill, that's how big the hill was)

Weather started to warm up so the snow became way too soft
had to turn around at this point


On top of the otherside of the canyon now

Red tail on the way home

Landing gear! 

I spent countless nights research my ideal camera rig
and it has really paid off

Never been happier with a piece of equipment
with the exception of my Baldwin Model R parlor grand piano

Was a huge ride today, the space needle is 600ft tall
So imagine riding a bike from Everett to Seattle
and the end point is 6 space needles stacked on top of each other

Thursday, January 26, 2017

36.5 miles, 2675ft of elevation gain, 5.7 hours

Somewhere down there is the starting point,
beat the fog!

like one large groomed trail, saw one jeep that was it

reflection off the peace maker (my bell)

facing east

Tahoma made a shy appearance (facing west)


my footprint (4.6 inches wide)

going down into the forest

red tail

Same bird, gives you an idea of the zoom I work with

Is there a more beautiful state?

the only sound was the snow falling from the trees

coopers hawk
did a number on my neck scanning for birds for 6 hours

clouds rolling in on the way back

Durr road radio towers

Was a glorious ride, first sunshine in awhile.

link to the route

Monday, January 23, 2017

Little bit of the John Wayne, a lot of Irene Rinehart

John Wayne is only ridable for 3 miles east of CWU right now

So I elected to goto Irene Rinehart instead!

Love this park, not a lot of wildlife this time though. . .
Which is unusual, I usually see one of everything it seems.

But it's really close so I can always visit again

Blue Heron prints are so massive!

Hard to get the scale, but they're huge

Canada goose!

Nice to see the mountains out today!

Derailleur cable turned icicle

Thank goodness for fenders, was slushy!

This bus is so ripe for a restomod.

Army crawled to capture this male Northern Flicker.
Camera was maybe an inch off the ground!
#terrestrial #woodpecker