I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!
Kate and Ben and I got out a bit tonight to do some night photography. I'll have to wait for the slides, while we were able to "chimp" the viewscreen on Ben's camera to see what he was getting right away. I also brought our little pocket camera along and took some shots for reference. The camera will actually just keep the shutter open until it thinks it has enough light for an exposure, so even in the absence of manual controls I was able to get a few (noisy) shots.
The Boone & Crockett Club building also houses the Center for the Rocky Mountain West and is a former train station. The Kim Williams Trail runs along this side of the river along the old railroad grade. Someday, this could all be a part of the Hiawatha Trail, which currently runs through much of northern Idaho, traversing lots of trestles and going through enough tunnels that you have to have a light on your bike to ride it. Leaving Missoula and the Kim Williams Trail, the proposed route would take off up along the Blackfoot River, where another abandoned railroad bed awaits conversion.
Thanksgiving started this year with crab dip, french bread, and pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting...
...Followed by barbeque spare ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, and acorn squash with butter and maple syrup. Then, we went hiking up in Pattee Canyon. It was a less elaborate affair than last year, but it was followed by filet mignon with hollandaise, my first sucessful and first ever hollandaise sauce. I don't have pictures of that yet, Ben took those.
Ben, Kate and I took a six-mile walk in the Rattlesnake today as shown on the map. We started out at the end of Duncan Drive and crossed the new bridge over Rattlesnake Creek, then followed the trail up a bit. It was pretty nice.
Missoula is the only place I have ever been passed by a hunter on a mountain bike with full blaze orange and a rifle on their back. You can ride up in about 15 miles to the wilderness boundary, then get off and hike the backcountry. If you get a deer or elk, though, I have no idea how you get it out. Perhaps you get one of the many people on horseback to help.