Very slow race yacht race this year – not much wind. We didn’t finish until Tuesday afternoon, usually we finish sometime during the day on Monday. The Valkyrie was doing well through about 2/3’s of the race, holding our own, near the front of our section when we took a fateful gybe too late into the Manitou islands passage and got stuck too close in to land as the wind shifted and pushed us in. We bobbed there helplessly as all the little boats we had passed over the previous days slowly caught us and passed us in the middle of the channel, and all we could do was watch. In frustration we slowly worked our way up the coast – and I mean slowly, 0-.5 knots per hour for a good 15-20 hours, enough to drive a crew bonkers. Read the rest of this entry »
Twenty of my sister’s friends came cruising on the Imjatse Friday night. That’s a record-shattering number and the boat handled everybody easily. I believe this was our third annual event with this crew, and the biggest and possibly best yet. One of the best nights of the summer.
We picked everyone up at the dock at around six and headed straight for Northerly Island from Monroe Harbor and anchored (with a bit of slippage and re-anchoring) out just offshore in time to enjoy the sunset and hear the end of the .38 Special set. Next up was REO Speedwagon and we heard them loud and clear from the water. A bunch of guys swam and Brent entertained not only our boat but many of the surrounding craft with what is difficult to describe with words, fortunately I had my trusty camera with me and shot some video to commemorate, see below. Read the rest of this entry »
Lots to do in Colorado in early March. It gets quite warm and sunny in Denver, and the snow is often the best up in the mountains. See below for some ideas:
Ski the steeps at Snowmass with your brother-in-law and the brother of your brother-in-law (did I say that right?).
Watch Big Air Friday at Snowmass from the best Apres Ski bar in Snowmass, the Cirque
Go Rock climbing in Morrison Colorado, outside Denver.
Do some backcountry skiing into Francie’s Cabin near Breckenridge
Go mountain biking at Matthews/Winters Park near Denver
Apres Ski with a ski bunny or two
Take your little nieces sledding
Ski Arapahoe Basin
Snowboard Loveland Pass and hitchike back to the top of the pass.
Stay and visit with old friends in Denver and eat a yummy meal
Hang out at the Hotsprings pool in Glenwood Springs
Eat lunch up on the mountain and watch people compete in skiing off cliffs freestyle at Snowmass
Go to the greatest mountaineering store ever, Neptune Mountaineering, in Boulder, check out their museum and talk about famous climbers with the famous staff and owner Gary Neptune.
Party and grill out with thirty new friends at the amazing Blue Sky Basin at Vail, gorgeous view of several 14ers including Mount of the Holy Cross and Mt Elbert.
Go bouldering in Morrison, Colorado.