DirtDaze 2018

Ready to go

Once again it was time for a week of banging the bike through dense forests and fun dirt trails in NY. Following a slightly different route compared to last year, it took me about the same time, but at least I wasnโ€™t riding in the rain:

Done setting up my new tent
First night’s campfire

 

 

 

 

As a nice surprise @Steve_kamrad brought the two wheel drive REVโ€™IT (check out a video here) adventure bike:

two wheel drive bike!

 

Taking a break after crusing through an ATV park
Found a sister:)
Quiet campground in the morning

 

 

 

Some short videos from the day. A longer cut is still in the works ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Watkins Glenn & Lake George

The long (Memorial Day) weekend gave us a chance to tick off one of the things we had on our list for quite some time: Watkins Glenn in NY.

Yes, I was there too
eerie and too many people
Looking nice though
Still too many people

The day after we escaped the tourist trap and walked up to the peak of Five Mile Mountain via Clay Meadow Trailhead.

Neat beaver damn
The view towards Lake George

Visitors!

Two weekends ago we had our first visitors since we are both living together. My brother and his SO came to Boston and we showed them around, even to some places we had never been before.

Some of the visited places: Harvard, MIT, Salem, Portland, the Boston Aquarium, Newport, and couple more picturesque sites.

Ice cream! (in Portland)
Cliff walk portraits (New Port)
Flower child
trotting along
Another portrait session
More walking
Tres mexicanos
Boston
Quincy quarries
Harvard
Aquarium!
He was there too…
Our new home ๐Ÿ˜‰
More quarries

Flume and Liberty May 13th

This past weekend had the perfect weather to be outdoors. Sunny, not warm, not cold. More importantly, almost no mosquitos! We both got a couple of bites though. We decided to check off two more of the 4K footers from the list and hiked Flume and Liberty.

We now understand what the fuss is about avoiding the Flume slide trail in wet weather/conditions.

At the end of the line we both agreed that it was a good decision to do the loop, totally worth it. The in-out route via Liberty Spring Trail would have been boring ๐Ÿ™‚

The Flume -> Liberty ridge line still had some snow ๐Ÿ™‚

Plenty of water crossings
Resting on top of Mt Liberty

 

Biking around Arlington

This weekend we kicked off our mountain biking season 2018, and what better place than a local park we have never been before. And within biking distance! The name of the area is Burlington Landlocked Forest, and surprisingly enough, you actually feel a bit away from civilization, despite the constant humming of I-95.

 

someone was cheating her way around the mud;)
don’t like pictures;)
neat little bridges through the swampy pieces
better don’t go in there Artax!

Skinning Mt Ellen

This weekend we decided to give a try to skinning. Fab was right on guessing I would love it. It is like hiking and the sliding movement reminded me of the elliptical machine I used to use when I was going to the gym. Word of advice, just go as far up as your level of skiing will leave you comfortable going down. I would have easily traded the way down for another 3 or 4 hours of skinning up. Fab enjoyed the way down way more than me. Maybe next time I will take my snowshoes or a butt slide ๐Ÿ˜‰
(post by Liz)

are we there yet?!
passing some closed lifts
the trees are crying!
snack break on top. made some friends;)
there was actually some decent snow depth despite the late season
Liz making turns on the way down:)

 

 

yes, there are pictures of me too ๐Ÿ˜‰