Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dale Ball South+Solstice hike

   Got in a ride a few weeks ago before the snow set in and it got cold as Balls. I hooked up with Rob for a ride starting from St. Johns parking lot. We the went up to the Dale Ball South trail just above Dorothy Stewart trail head. We then went in there and had a fun ride all around the south side trails and hit Pacacho for good measure. Then we came down to upper canyon and went down to Dorothy Stewart and took that back to wilderness gate and then descended the bottom of Atalaya. Had a fun time over there. I think Rob enjoyed it.
   On the winter solstice Chad and I went for a hike up Atalaya in the snow. It was the first time I have hiked Atalaya(without a bike) Had a real good time. Hope to do some more of that. I took my new pack and some snowshoes just to get ready for some hiking with the snowboard.

Rob shedding a layer

I don't know why I like taking pictures of trail signage

Rob taking in the view

Rob coming up to Pacacho

Nice views of the watershed

   That was the last ride I had on dirt with no snow on it.After a couple weeks off the bike I couldn't take it anymore. So yesterday I went riding with the los Nativos and Todd and we rode some new trail called the Sphinx trail. It is a new trail that was much fun.
   Last week I went on my first hike up Atalaya with Todd and It was really fun. It gave me a good workout in the snow. We took a few pictures.

The snow was starting to get deeper

Does it get any better then this?

Todd descending into the sun

There is something about trains

   What holiday beverages did you all have? Had a nice beefy christmas ale from Avery for the holidays. It was tasty.

   What is in your audio player? I am getting all old school thanks to Scott at work I am rocking out to The Circle Jerks: Golden Shower of Hits. I loved this album as a young punk skater. Brings back all sorts of fond memories.
    Happy New Year Everybody
                    Sampai jumpa lagi

Saturday, December 15, 2007


We get some sweet rainbows here in Santa Fe

   Cabin John Rob wanted to go to White Mesa while he was here so we aquiesed and went down there even though it had snow all around and it was mighty windy. Of course since Rob was there it turned out to be a really fun ride. Then after the ride we went down to Turtle Mountain Brewery. I would say it is one of my favorite brewery's I have been to here in New Mexico. We onlyt had time for a quick pint errr a 22 oz. I mean. I also snuck in a half pint of dbl IPA. Both were fantastic. It was fun riding in the snow there. One mile was very muddy past the sulpher spring. White Mesa is always a good time because it is so diferent from most of the riding here. Gonna have to start riding down that way more often now that everything is snowed in up here.
Was a little windy out there. but still much fun

Hi! My name is Chad

Chad was enjoying himself.

Getting up close and personal with Rob

getting my gear on

I love this picture of Mister Glatz

The Hole

    Well the ride was over and what else could we do to make it a perfect day? BEER! Well the holidays are upon us and limited time on the bicycle as well. I just bought a Dakine Heli pro 16l and I can't wait to use it. There is tons of snow on the mountain now. Ski Santa Fe is now open so let the snow sports begin. Ohh yeaa and as all of you prolly heard SkiTaos is gonna open its nice steeps to snowboarders. Not until March though. Gonna be nice, they have some nice looking stuff there.
Ella made a nice looking snowman he is Rasta

    What is in your audio player? I have Iron and Wine's new one The Sheperd's Dog. Sam Beam just seems to get better and better. Of course with the holidaze here We have been playing our favorite Christmas cd there is Charlie Brown Christmas. Take a listen. Alwyas liked Vince Guaraldi.

    Been wanting to bust out the skateboard lately. Nuttin like the feeling of a smith grind.Notice my Bad Brains t.
photo by Kenny Gibbs