You guys. It’s been nearly 2 months since I posted things. Oh mountain of guilt. Sorry.
Speaking of mountains, I was on this one most recently.
I’ve been doing things! Including moving to Seattle, exploring some trails, and getting really, really nervous about this little 50 mile (running. trail. mountain.) race I’ve signed up for (I may die). Pictures are more fun than words, and I take a lot of selfies, so here are my highlights from the last few months.
Step 1: Leave St. Louis. Not recommended: packing entire life into small car.
Step 2: Visit friends in awesome places.
Find neat old trucks puttering up to the trails.
Step 3: SEE A MOUNTAIN LION! IN REAL LIFE! ALL ALONE AT THE TRAILHEAD!
Look at the slightly lighter dot in the middle of the trail (under one of the furthest branches of the big pine tree with the trunk in the left. Yeah, phone cameras aren’t the greatest. And I wasn’t going to get a galmour shot.
There’s really a mountain lion in this photo. I promise.
Step 4: Watch lil’ brudder graduate college. With his fiancee (whoa, yeah, mawwiage)
Wedding dress shopping with Jenna… good thing my mom got to go, it’s probably the only chance she’ll have (sorry not sorry).
Step 5: Ride more trails.
Step 6: Visit home. Love the puppies. Mow the lawn. Drink the beers.
Step 7: Drive and drive and drive some more!
Not many driving photos. Safety first. But, check out the hop farms in Yakima!!! So. Excited.
Step 8: Set up new apartment
Ikea. A terrifying experience, but I can now say I’ve done it? So many cam locks, so little time (and finger dexterity).
Note – the geared bikes were shipped from home in Colorado instead of staying on the car. SO worth it. Check out bikeflights.com if you ever need to ship a bike!!
Step 9: Adventure!
Rainier cherries from a fruit stand on the way back from Rainier… it’s only fair.
Nap at camp muir. No air left.
…but worth it.
I have a bike twin at work!! Terrible photo, but we match. Except s/he has a fancier version with disc brake tabs. I’m debating leaving a note asking for a swap (mine is the one with the green saddle).
The new race fuel. Cheap, peachy.
The Sawyer mini water filter: my new favorite piece of gear. SO AWESOME!
Climb all the mountains. Shred all the gnars. Try not to die or get hit by motos.
Wait. All that work and I’m only at 5280 feet? wuf.
Beaches and sunburn.
Dip in the white river: it’s cold, fast, and white. From glacier melt? probably.
My bike is just so pretty.