Thursday, January 05, 2012

2011 Trip Highlights-Visual Style

2011 was full of adventures and travels with good people.  Here we go...

Getting some sun, good riding and some racing in St. George and Hurricane, UT with the LTR crew.

Spending a few days in California with Dempsey. Cheap motels, Fontana Pro XCT, sushi buffets and his first In 'N Out Burger

Road tripping for 5 days in Monterey, CA.  17mi Drive coast rides with the Kevin and Conor, Sea Otter, Trader Joe's and some good stories.
Rolling down the coast through Pebble Beach

Spending the weekend bumming it in Vail for Teva Mtn Games with good friends.
Sleeping in a pull-off by the river was nice...being under a sprinkler in freezing temps, not so much!

Hanging out in Wisco with the Quiring crew, hammock sleeping, tipsy religious put-put golf, and meeting new friends in the great Mid-west.
Photo from Sue. Click to make bigger!

Exploring Sun Valley, ID.  Riding sweet trails, having good legs and result at Nationals, staying in a cabin on the golf course.

Marquette.  Always look forward to hanging out with some of the best people in this cool old mining town.  Hard racing, good rides, better people and great parties.
Riding along Lake Superior before flying home

Slamming burritos, quesadillas, potatoes, pancakes, then beer at 24 Hours in the Sage.  Making MTBing FUN!

Sticking to the pavement after rupturing some ligaments in my ankle falling off a slack-line.  Hanging out with Kevin and Danielle in Conifer for the night, then exploring 14,000+ft Mt Evans.

Flying solo for a Thanksgiving weekend.  Rallying some trails in Moab, car camping, meeting new friends around a campfire, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Waking up to this view on Thanksgiving. I'll give that thanks!

A weekend in Vegas for my brother's bachelor party, smashed between some zero degree car camping, early morning ski session, and mountain biking in Utah.

My first ski trip after teaching myself to ski just 2 weeks earlier.  Shacked up in a cabin with good company.  If only I was healthier and the snow was deeper.
Enjoying the sun at 11,000ft. Picture shamelessly stolen from Jenn

A powder day on the sticks followed by skate skiing, then a 16hr trip around the country to see family for X-Mas.  Only a couple days, but it was time well spent.
I missed family Christmas on X-Mas eve. Thanks to Aunt Lynn for filling in for me in the pic!

Ended the year with a week of sun tanning...errr, bike riding in Tucson.  Road, trails, group rides, Mt. Lemmon, Cookie Cabin, shooting range, we did it all.

That is only some of the trips.  Doesn't include local rides, camping, BBQ's, or anything.  It can only get better in 2012!  Hoping to find some new adventures, meeting new people, getting to know current friends better, traveling, seeing new places and having one hell of a time.  Whether I see you in a town, at a race, or you visit me, let's make 2012 awesome!

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