I posted yesterday about my new fatXC bike. I’ve been riding a lot of fatbike lately. Last week I did a fairly long fatbike ride I call the South Metro Metric MTB Ride.
Ride to Leb and ride a lap.
Ride to Terrace Oaks and ride a lap.
Ride to Murphy and ride a lap.
Now follow the route backwards. Another at Terrace and finish at Lebanon Hills. Then…crawl the 2.5 miles back to my home from Lebanon Hills and end the day with one more lap at Lebanon Hills with my son.
Incredible day on the fatbike totalling 60+ miles, much of it singletrack. But it crushed me. But what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Right?!
Last Friday marked the final day of 3rd grade for my twins. Amazing kids. Crazy how much they’ve aged and grown up in this past year. All joking aside, they are incredible kids and Jen and I are really proud of them. This past weekend also marked the first weekend in a some time where we didn’t have a super hectic schedule. No work. No soccer tournament. No big event. Do you know what that meant? Riding! That’s right, riding on both Saturday and Sunday. I don’t know when the last time that happened.
On Saturday, I rode in the early, early AM, made trail side coffee and rode home to later go again with my boy. Sunday was a family day and we all went. Sweet. Here are a few pics from Saturday of my boy burning up the trail. We got him a bike with gears on it and he’s tearing it up. Super hot but it was still nice in the woods and on the trail.
Thankfully, mountain biking isn’t just a boys sport and we got out on Sunday with the girls. Here are my girls tearing up the trails too.
Two last pics of my kids going through one of the new big banked turns at Lebanon Hills.
We all had fun. It’s what we needed. I can’t wait to go out again. Riding bikes rules. Pass it on!
I live near Lebanon Hills Park. Lebanon Hills is an amazing place. I have biked, skied, hiked, kayaked, camped and canoed all just 1-2 miles from my home. It is one of the reasons we moved to this location 5+ years ago. There is this lake that I drive or bike by this lake everyday to work. Every time I go by it, I look out over the lake and take it in. It is part of just about everyday. The other day while looking out over the lake, I saw something I had not seen before. I saw what looked like some 4 legged small animal crossing the ice. I see birds and geese frequently. So, I turned into the lot and ran down by the water & ice to see if I could see what was going on.
Shooting through the cat tails with a 6MP Konica Minolta 7D with 70-210 f4.
Here is the same shot cropped with some sharpening and noise reduction. This is where you see the limitations of the 6MP of the Konica Minolta 7D sensor. Still pretty cool though.
What I saw appeared to be a mink dragging a muskrat across the ice. Crazy. I watched it for a bit, snapped a few pics and then he watched me. We watched each other for a bit and then he grabbed the dead muskrat by his neck and dragged him back across the frozen ice. So cool!
I also took the opportunity to shoot the sunrise. I had my old Konica Minolta 7D with me. I’ve been carrying this in my car a lot lately and am really enjoying using it. Here are a couple of sunrise pics I liked enough to share. I gotta say again that the images have a wonderful feel considering this is a camera from 2005.
This is why I carry my camera with me all the time. You never know what you might see or what you might get. It also doesn’t matter what camera you carry, just carry something.
One last note – The woodtick season has begun. I got my first tick of the season down shooting these photos. Watch out Minnesotans, I think it’s going to be a heavy tick season.