check out 10 Days In Costa Rica, Part 1 Day 5 – Monday, March 11 Monteverde Extremo canopy tour, swing extremo and bungee! Night tour of Monteverde rainforest Nights accommodations: Hotel Oasis…hostel This was the last day of booked things to do, after this we were winging it. For our last set of plans we booked the… Read more »
After two people bailing, one joining, and one postponement, I finally made it to Costa Rica last week with my good friends Mark and Kerra. What an amazing time! We saw rain forests, bungee jumped, surfed, rafted, lounged on beaches and tons more. We left Thursday, March 7 and came back Saturday, March 16th for… Read more »
I bought a motorcycle! The bike is a 1986 CB700SC, the Honda Nighthawk. It has a little north of 5000 miles on it and I picked it up for under a grand. Runs great and has that just faded enough vintage look that I love, plus it’s red, white and blue…’merica!. Tons of fun to… Read more »
I got up about 7, threw on my jersey and bib, and scarfed down a couple breakfast bars before I packed up the tent. The cycling ride I chose for the day started in Flagstaff at a forest service HQ and followed Lake Mary Road Southeast down to Mormon Lake. What an awesome ride! About 27 miles worth of beautiful road, past lakes and green fields with just enough climbing to keep it interesting. Check out the ride data below, it’s a ride I will definitely be doing again!
GPS Data for the very fun ride up Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff, AZ
Fishing at Ashurst Lake
After the ride I headed back up Lake Mary Road towards my next campiste at Ashurst Lake, but on the way up took a dip in Upper Lake Mary as a quick bath and cool down. Ahsurst Lake seems to be the most stocked lake in the area, so I figured my chances of catching a fish were best there. I got up there and found a great spot, right next to the lake. I got out and somehow managed to set my tent up moments before a huge downpour, but no worried my Big Agnes can handle a lot of wet.
A little food and a little rest later I was ready to play angler. Armed with Powerbait and my classy Walmart reel/rod I set out for the lake a short stroll away. Now, I know nobody is going to believe me but this is how it went. I threw my first cast, set the rod down, put on a poncho, and when I picked the rod back up I had a fish. It’s true, why would I lie? The fish did get away and I blame this on two things. First, I didn’t have net and second because of my “first cast!? This is going to be easy!” mindset that lucky catch put me in. Anyway, before I could secure the fish it broke the line and flopped its way back into the lake. I stayed at that stupid lake for 2 more hours and didn’t even catch a boot. It was a pleasant couple of hours, watching some birds dive bomb for fish, and others pick them out of the shallows.
I didn’t bring any fish home, but did enjoy some Mother Nature
Biking in the rain
Saturday morning it was time to mountain bike, so I packed up my junk and headed back towards Flagstaff. I ended up parking in some NAU parking lot and ventured off over a couple miles of pavement to the Flagstaff trails system. The trials are pretty well kept and marked so it was easy to find my way to Fisher Point, about 8 miles 1-way. The ride was great, not a whole lot of elevation change until the grueling but short trek up to the lookout. Once on top of Fisher Point the view was worth it, and I spotted a huge storm rolling in (this seems to be a trend in my trips to Flagstaff, so far 2-for-2 on rainy visits). Not only spotted, but heard and felt. As I stood looking down at the intersection of 3 canyons I heard this sound that was something like a plane coming in. Quiet at first, then growing to a loud rushing as the cold-front rushed down the separate canyons and converged just ahead of the rain. Moments later, a powerful thunder crash and a I decided that was my queue to leave and at least make it down the gnarly stuff before the sky poured down on me. I hoofed it back and managed to make it halfway to the car before the rain came down, making instant mud of the trail. The mud clogged the rocker arm on my bike, then eventually got so bad it was getting stuck in my front de-railer and blocking my chain. I had to stop and clear the mud off by hand, I biking first for me. I did make it back to the car eventually, wet, muddy and happy.
This is my ride from Northern Arizona University up to Fisher Point
Another exciting dust storm swallowing up Phoenix
Another great trip under my belt and I headed back to Phoenix. As a welcome present Phoenix rolled out a huge dust storm right as I was pulling into town. The watched the Haboob come South to North across the area and held my breath as it swallowed up my car, praying the wind doesn’t blow the bikes off my roof. Hi Phoenix, can’t wait to leave you again!
After my trip to Flagstaff last week, I came to the conclusion that I left way too soon. One night in the cool weather and greenery just wasn’t enough, so I went back the following weekend. 7/19/2012 My roommates once again had school to tie them up, so on Thursday afternoon I headed out alone…. Read more »
You may not know this, but summertime in Phoenix is hot. Like really hot. Like this photo here I just nabbed from my computer, as you can see this week the thunder storms are rolling in and it will cool down to a only slightly blistering 100 degrees. Now if you will please direct your… Read more »