February is the BEST Month!
Posted Sat, February 20, 2010 - 11:33 PM
The last couple weeks have just been great for winter sports. We've had relatively warm temperatures - upper 20s
in the day (sometimes higher) and teens at night, along with a high proportion of clear skies. With the sun moving up
higher and higher, and the days getting longer, this has been a fabulous month to get out skiing.
Last weekend I drove up to Wild River and went for the longest ski I've ever done - a three-plus hour continuous tour of
the Sunrise Trail to the Deer Creek loop. It was so warm, I overestimated my clothing requirement and had to change after 20
minutes - but toward the end, as the sun dipped below the hills west of Deer Creek, I had to change my mind again. That was
right after I scared up a bunch of wild turkeys, about a dozen and a half of them strutting from the marshy Deer Creek flats
into the hills to the west.
The City of Lakes Loppet
Posted Fri, February 12, 2010 - 8:45 PM
Last weekend was the 2010
City of Lakes Loppet,
a full two days of ski-related events and races. On Sunday, I went out to Wirth Park with
the camera to catch some of the action.
Here are some of my favorite pictures; go to
the gallery for the full collection.
Classic skiers coming up to the aid station at Wirth Parkway.
Ski 2 Beer 3 (S2B3)
Posted Sat, January 9, 2010 - 10:30 PM
Today was our third annual "Ski to Beer" day where a bunch of us get together and XC ski from Wirth Park to the end of the Mall in Uptown, then go out for
a late lunch plus refreshments. I missed last year because I was in Seattle, but this year we had a bigger group than ever -
Stephen, Mike, Julia, Ian, Molly,
Molly, Justin, Darryn, Jim, Tom, Kelly, Paula, Peter, Andrew, Jesse, Alan, Earl, Jason, Andrea, Waima, and Brian! And I feel like I'm forgetting somebody.
Then Kari and baby Sydney came down to meet us at Old Chicago afterwards.
We rambled from the Par 3 warming hut through the Front 9, skirted J.D. Gardens and headed over by the Quaking Bog before crossing 394 and getting out
on the lakes. Minneapolis Parks runs a grooming machine right down onto the snow-covered ice and packs down a pretty nice path for everyone. The
classic tracks were in good shape and fast across the lakes, although I could have done without the gradually increasing headwind and the temperatures hovering
near 5°F. Still a fun day with lots of good company.
What I Did Today, In The Freezing Cold
Posted Sun, January 3, 2010 - 7:56 PM
A bit over a half hour of skiing (it was only 2°F out), and then two hours dinking around with my video software. However, I did figure out how to
use a low resolution version of my captured footage to do the editing, and then re-render it with the HD original. It's called
"offline editing". Man, is there a lot to learn in the video production world.
Click on the still frame to play.