First stop: Truckee
We are lucky enough to have an incredible network through Dartmouth and were able to affordably rent a cabin on the top of Donner Summit with all our friends for the weekend. A big storm rolled through the day before we arrived so despite the "miserable" winter all the locals were complaining about, there was still a lot of snow and plenty of skiing to be had. Patrick and I skied Royal Gorge, which has seen better days, but still has some incredible terrain and spectacular views.
|A great Western bluebird day!|
|Enjoying sunshine and lots of skiing!|
|Patrick still hasn't learned how incredible the Western sun is...|
We were close to Golden Gate Park so we spent an afternoon on bikes checking out every corner of the park. There is a lot more in there then you could ever imagine from the outside.
|That is actually a buffalo, no joke.|
|Casting ponds for those die hard fishermen|
|Model boats and marina|
We went on a great mountain bike ride at Camp Tamarancho, north of San Francisco. It was a great loop was featured everything, meadows, desert rocky sections, forested sections, and jungly sections.
|Pat cruising through the big trees|
|Enjoying the shade|
|Waiting for Ben to fix his chain.|
We went on a couple more bike rides and tried surfing a 2nd time. The boys started getting the hang of it, I only got a fat bloody lip.
|Checking out the Wharf and yes that is blue sky in the city!|
Our last day, we ran to the top of Mt. Tam (didn't bring the camera) and then fought the incredible weekends crowds to get to Muir Woods and see some Redwoods. There were so many people in the area, it was actually impossible to get to the beach so despite suffering some heat exhaustion on our run, we were denied a dip in the Pacific.
|However, we greatly enjoyed the cool temps in the forest!|
I have finally made my way back to AK where I will be spending most of the summer. We start training for next year tomorrow with a week long camp. There is still some snow up here so we will be doing lots of it on snow! Check back for an update on camp.