I loved California. But found Colorado to be better.
Ultimately, I probably belong here though. A few more years. At least part of the time.
Kim declared we were going on a submarine tour. Ok, let's do it! Where's the sub? Oh here it comes. Up from the bottom! You ferry out on a big ship and then the previous tour pops up, unloads, then you load and go down while they go get more people. Slick.
Its like Disneyland. But fo-real.
There are fish down there. We went down about 100 feet and toured around some artificial reefs. The fish were crazy in the reefs but not elsewhere. They love the protection. Spotted a shark. Small white tip. Saw an eel. Yuck.
You can see the good stuff in the video.
I would recommend this. It was a cool attraction.
Sub is battery powered. Nice.
I went to the cheap-o spa at the pool. Got what I paid for I guess.
Last visit, this was my daily run here in Hawaii. Not so much this time. But I took the chance to bring the family over (in a cab, didn't make them run) for a climb.
The view from the top out towards Koko Crater (Hawaii's Incline) and Hanauma Bay.
A view back down in the crater.
Arrive at the top together!
I don't surf well but I like to be a part of the crowd. Feels like the thing you are supposed to do. And its just fun being out on a board in the ocean.
I had to talk Sydney into getting on a board this year after she watched Bethany's movie about losing an arm to a shark.
I took Reagan out surfing. She was having a great time. We caught the first wave and went a good distance. She was so excited. She went in an bragged to everyone what a great ride she had.
Everybody (but Mom) goes. No choice.
Live action video of me with the kids with the GoPro.
So the next day, we went out again. Reagan and I immediately got pummeled by a big wave. She freaked out after getting knocked from the board. And my camera was off my head and into the surf. With another wave approaching and Reagan freaking out, I went for the kid instead of the camera to help her. She had a vest on and would have been fine but I felt like going for the camera was going to scar her for life. So I got her up on the board. I paddled around looking for the camera and she yelled at me about wanting to go and and something about not caring about my stinking camera. Pacific Ocean wins this time. A new GoPro will be on my doorstep when I get home.
Back to the bay!
The kids always enjoy snorkeling here. Plus, its one of the only spots I can get Kim in any kind of deep water because sharks don't come here. But you all go play. I will just take photos of my feet.
iPhone 5 panorama. One of the better ones.
Live action video of the event...from underwater! GoPro was perfect. Fun to use it for what it was intended for.
Reagan was my buddy today and we had a great time together. She was over reefs and feeling comfortable. Probably more than I was!
...by mail, again.
My neighbors are all breaking out the signs. So I felt like I had to join in the fun once again. This doesn't really result in any political discussion when out in the neighborhood...except between the kids. They say "we are voting for Obama" and then their buddies in the carpool say "we are voting for Romney". Then chaos ensues because none of them have a clue what they are talking about.
Abbreviated. As always.
It was the week before our annual Halloween run and it was warm and sunny out. I knew that would end. Every year since I have been apart of this thing, its been cold, wet, or snowy. I run in that all winter so I long for a pseudo-final long run in some warmer weather to top off the fall and welcome winter. But Mother Nature says fuck that and we get snow. Oh well.
This was the most runners in one spot since my Leadville parties. It was good to see everyone before we all hibernate. I was lamenting with Tony that it was 60 just days before.
Apparently, folks thought my "jingle balls" was funny. They are lucky I had pants on.
I shortcuted the route with GZ and Footfeathers after 2.5 hours on my feet. Good enough for me. Saving it for...something?
I went 11.46 miles with an elevation gain of 3,131 feet in 02:30:12, which is an average pace of 13:06. Heart rate average was 145. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.
Well, I mean that in the sense of laws too. We have 2 ATVs and in Leadville I can't quite figure out the rules up there. They seem welcome on roads but I am always nervous when a law enforcement officer is nearby. I always wonder if I am getting away with something. Turns out I have been more than legit for a long time now on our ATVs. I stay off anything paved but that is no longer the case it seems...officially. Caught this article in the Leadville paper. I am printing it and putting a copy in the ATV for future reference. Pretty great news! This opens up the west of us without trailering now too! I had figured out how to cut to the east side of town on dirt paths already. Can't wait for the next ride!
Danny Ramey, Herald Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:06 pm
The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance establishing multi-purpose use on all county roads at its regular meeting Oct. 15.
Under the ordinance, county roads are open to off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles for use in getting to recreation destinations. A previous resolution opened county roads to use by these vehicles, but putting it in the form of an ordinance makes it easier to enforce, Commissioner Mike Bordogna said.
Use of off-highway vehicles comes with several provisions. Some of these include that all operators must be legally licensed, that vehicles can only be ridden single file on the right-hand side of the road and that use of these vehicles is only allowed during the day unless the vehicles have a headlight and a taillight.
Anyone caught violating the provisions of the ordinance will be assessed a fine. A first offense will result in a $100 fine, a second offense in a $500 fine, and a third offense in a $1,000 fine, according to the ordinance.
At the first reading of the ordinance on Sept. 17, Leadville District Ranger Jon Morrissey expressed concern about designating all county roads open to off-highway vehicles. He had particular concerns about county roads 4, 9 and 24 around Turquoise Lake.
Allowing off-highway vehicles on these roads could make exiting and entering campgrounds around the lake difficult, he noted.
Morrissey also said that paved roads and off-highway vehicles are not a good fit because they were not made for that kind of road service.
The commissioners addressed Morrissey's concerns during this meeting.
In relation to the vehicles being dangerous on county roads, Commission Chair Carl Schaefer noted that the resolution had been in place for awhile and he hadn't heard of any injury accidents with the vehicles.
Bordogna also said that he didn't want certain roads excluded because he didn't want to see people who were following the law ride dangerously through closed areas in order to get to their destinations.