Okay so this post is a little late… Sorry… Our previous family blog was nuked by GoDaddy so we had to start over with this one. But this one’s gonna be better. So I guess it’s not all bad news. And okay, so I woulda been late with this post on the old blog anyway. But that’s my excuse.
So this year for Father’s Day, someone had the brilliant idea (probably me – genius huh?) of hiking the San Lorenzo River from The Buckeye Trail to the train trestle. Didn’t seem like all that far… But it turned out to be 8.8 miles… Oy!
And the river was higher than I thought it would be… double Oy… Isn’t there supposed to be a raging drought happening right now? What’s with all this water? But I digress….
Brief summary of the day… We drove down to the parking lot near the Buckeye Trail head, parked and proceeded on foot… Was a pleasant hike down to the river… longer than I thought it would be but still pleasant. Then it was time to enter the water… Oy… cold… but we were on a mission and quickly got used to the water… Then it was time to hike… Wading wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be… rocks, rocks, rocks… bushes, hardly any sand or anything smooth anywhere… good heavens! Things weren’t going very fast, or fast enough. We had dinner reservations… So way sooner than planned we exited the water and took to the trails to dash back to one of our cars and waiting showers… and of course… our dinner reservation. I could definitely belabor all this… but I’ll let some of the pictures do the talking… My biggest joy (and it was a big one) was getting to spend this time with Donna and the boys.
Big ass log..
Spencer and Donna
Let the wading begin…
Random rock outcropping
Spencer peering upstream… but where’s Donna?
Donna and Spence deep in the jungle
Startin’ into the rocks…
In this video, Jack introduces the Darkside, the new downhill frame from Banshee. He let me do some of the filming for this video so I’m feelin’ like a stud.
Of course this is totally tongue in cheek. I don’t think he’s actually got one of these knobs on his handlebars.
At the crack of dawn this morning… (maybe even before), Jack left the driveway and stole off to Whistler, BC for 2014 episode of Crankworx. He’ll be gone until the 25th when we’re all gonna reconvene at home for a Shasta climb later that week (if all goes well). I’m sure that there’ll be more on this Shasta climb in later posts so I won’t carry on about it now.
After that week, both Spencer and Jack will be going back to school. I’m sure that they’re just thrilled.
Stairway to Heaven
Donna marching up ahead
Not another fire?!
Rosasco Lake – in the smoke
Overlooking the granite bowl
Granite for as far as you can see
Our first tired view of a smokey Hyatt Lake
Donna on our little beach
Donna and her bivy
Where we cooked
Just about to leave our little campsite
Last view of our camp
Last view of Hyatt Lake
One of our cliff obstacles
Donna rewatering at Gem Lake
Cliff overlooking Camp Lake – notice boulders stacked at top
Finally back at the mini-van
Our butt imprints on the beach where we watched the sunset.
Recently installed a rainwater catchment system here at Casa Fogelquist. It wasn’t quite finished when this video was done. However now it’s completely functional. Of course during the drought there has been no rain to initially fill the tanks. However the water we use to water the plants on our patio is collected and directed into the tanks. So we now have over 1000 gallons of this recycled water to use for watering.
I’m still working out the bugs… For instance recently we had a pipe burst and lost about 400 gallons… Doh!