We've been planning this for ever . . . Christen and I finally made it to Ross Lake. We spent four days kayaking on the lake and hiking up desolation peak. Here are some pictures.
This was a fantastic trip and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I know, I know . . . . I hardly ever update my web site any more. Believe me when I say, my life is not that interesting lately . . . all I do is yard work, yard work, yard work, lol. That is how it seems any way. I love my new house but getting the yard in good shape, has been a lot of work. The good news is . . . I am almost done! Now I just need to fix the hot tub, finish painting inside, re-stain the fence, pressure wash the side of the house, finish installing the screen door, by then, the yard will need maintenance again . . . . . it's never ending I tell you!!!! lol
I also just got myself a new toy. I sold the Suzuki Vstrom and bought a 2006 Triumph Sprint ST motorcycle. It is a sport touring bike and they had a great promotion where the hard cases were free. This thing is an absolute blast to ride. I am going on a long trip to Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada this summer so that will be the first big test for the bike.
The plan was to hike up to Lila Lakes, camp, and then hike up Alta mountain the next morning. The weather said otherwise though. We hiked up to Rachel Lake and the weather was pretty miserable so we just hiked back down and found a nice camp site down in Box Canyon.
The afternoon of the second day we went to the Columbia and went out on kayaks. It was a lot of fun and there were a lot of wetlands that were filled with all kinds of different birds.
Here are the pictures here.
Christen and I went down to the Oregon coast to play in the sand dunes and then went to the Ape Cave by Mt. St. Helens on the way home. Here are a few pictures.
Thanks to David Derickson, I now have copies of the videos that he made from out Black Peak trip and Yakima River trip. Here they are:
Christen and I hiked in to Lost Lake today. This was pretty amazing because normally you can't get to this area until May or so. It is definitely LATE spring conditions in the mountains already. There was almost zero snow on the drive in, even up at 4000+ feet.
There was some snow at Lost Lake but not much. After hiking into the lake, we went half way up to Noble Nob and the trail was completely clear.
I went to Oahu for a week to see my brother. I wished I could have stayed longer. My brother is in the Navy and they comissioned a new ship called the Chung-Hoon that he is assigned to. They also took us out for a ride around the island in the ship. It's probably the best armed cruise ship out there :) Here are the pictures although pictures don't really do the place justice.
Here's a video I made from the picutres
Well, I went on a spur of the moment road trip. I went through Craters of the Moon National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Tetons.
We are back from the Monterery Motorcycle trip. Wow! What a trip. It was almost 2500 miles total. We had lots of fun and took LOTS of pictures. Here are just a few of them.
We had lots of adventures and met a few people. We even met this guy on the way back in Goldendale, WA who had happened to see us while he was driving a bus in San Francisco, CA. What are the chances of that?