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January 28, 2007

Winter playground

Not all snow sports need be gravity based. I went snowshoeing yesterday for the first time, exploring Newton Creek on the southeast side of Mt. Hood. There was considerably more snow for our trip than in this satellite photo. Sam had never been in the snow before save for the dustings we've gotten in Portland. Other than a little shivering at the lunch stop he had the time of his life. Though we only went six miles he worked a lot harder than a fifteen mile run because lacking snowshoes he sank in the snow and had to jump ahead. Also he played hard with his pal Walnut, Jennie's dog.
I never go anywhere these days without my Garmin Forerunner 305, our route along the mountain is marked on the satellite image above. We followed a trail out of Clark Creek Sno-Park and then explored a well-worn path up Newton Creek where we stopped for lunch. forerunner.jpgOn turning around though I decided we should return traveling overland, following the contours of the land and my Forerunner's arrow pointing to the car. It was a lot of fun leaving the tracked path; we were able to truly benefit from the snowshoe's design, all while soaking up a rare and treasured sunny January day.

Posted by Dave at 03:02 PM

January 24, 2007

Brittany on board

Yesterday I purchased a Burley bike trailer on Craigslist. I had been contemplating such a move for a while. I would like to make a few trips to the grocery store and other hauling errands especially on nicer days. Also I am hoping to take Sam around for rides. He likes riding in the car and I am hoping he'll enjoy the fresh air of the bike trailer. It's a little on the small side for him especially with the top snapped on but he fits. I can't tell yet if he will just tolerate it or come to enjoy it. We bicycled over to Mt. Tabor Park today about two and half miles away where I let him out to play for a bit before heading home. I also might use the trailer if I do some more bike touring.

Posted by Dave at 12:47 PM

January 16, 2007

Sledding in the park

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Unusual winter weather for Portland continues with snow today!

Posted by Dave at 09:17 AM

January 15, 2007

Skating in the park

Portland has been so cold recently that the pond at Laurelhurst Park has frozen solid. Since moving to Portland my friend Meredith has dreamed of skating there. This morning she was able to. Sam and I went along to watch. I had some trepidation in walking on the ice but after watching Meredith jump a few times on it I thought I'd risk it. Even Sam got out there! And yes that is him whining on the first video :)


Posted by Dave at 04:37 PM |

January 14, 2007

Forest Park run

It has been clear and cold in Portland, today is gorgeous. Here is a profile on the run we did in Forest Park this morning.

Posted by Dave at 01:41 PM

January 07, 2007

Great day snowboarding

Drew drove and we had a packed Subaru with two boarders and two tele-skiers and Drew who brought both for our trip up to SkiBowl this morning. We got there nice and early and the conditions started off great. In fact in my limited experience I have not boarded on softer more fun snow. After a couple of hours it started precipitating wet snow and rain and the slopes got pretty sticky. We drove home tired and happy. Here's Meredith ripping it up.

Posted by Dave at 04:38 PM

January 03, 2007

Precipitation

The good thing about rain in Portland

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is it's often snow up on Mt. Hood.

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Posted by Dave at 05:25 PM

January 02, 2007

Garmin Forerunner 305

Map of Maple Trail LoopI got an exciting new gadget for Christmas. A GPS watch that I can run or bike with to track my routes. I can get a summary of route distance and time along with a miniature course map on the watch. I've just been experimenting with some of the export features and this is a map generated from data recorded on a run in Forest Park I took Sunday. I'm especially looking forward to using the watch on some longer trail runs where along with a map the distance feature should help with navigation.

Posted by Dave at 09:19 AM

January 01, 2007

Sunny Saturday Snowboarding

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Can't talk now...I'm going to the warming hut.

Posted by Dave at 06:50 PM