Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Roy Ruscany 5 Year Redemption Video

Roy Tuscany is the found of High Fives Nonprofit Foundation. He's recently engaged, loves softball, and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont. 5 years ago, Roy broke his back in Mammoth overshooting a park jump. This year, he went back to Mammoth for some sweet redemption. The video is above for your viewing pleasure.

Dog Day Afternoon

I don't personally own a dog. I don't have the time, but I have the best of both worlds because my roommates have dogs. There are three that live at my house; Lucky, Watson, and Rodney (the three in the middle of the group shot). I came home last week to five dogs because Nicki was babysitting Birdie and Norma. While I can't ever imagine owning five dogs, it was pretty entertaining and fun while it lasted.

Monday, May 30, 2011

5.29.11 Powder Day

Saturday night my deck looked like this.

Sunday morning Squaw had received a foot of fresh snow up top. The KT line was packed by opening and people were stoked.

We took one run on KT and then headed straight to Headwall where we had a few laps with no lines and fresh pow turns all the way down. I was laughing the whole time thinking to myself how unbelievable it was to be having such an amazing powder day on May 29th!

Once the lines became too long for we hit up a short hike off of KT to Red Dog and a blanket of fresh pow awaited us. The stoke was at an all time high!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Emerald Bay Chutes 5.21.11

Rodney came with us today. We took him on a second outing in the afternoon and he was so tired he fell asleep sitting upright leaning against the wall. That's about how I feel right now, but I am stoked the world didn't end today!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Hampshire Part 3

As my trip to New Hampshire was coming to a close we had ticked off quite a few things on our list of adventures, but Danny had a couple more outings planned. We linked up with his good friend Matt and went fly fishing.

I had never been fly fishing, but Matt and Danny couldn't have been better teachers. Matt was the only one to catch a fish that day, but learning how to cast was plenty entertaining for me.

The fish were jumping and I was really determined to catch one before Danny, but it never happened. I think I might have to get a California fishing license now, I'm into it.

I don't think I've given fish enough credit until I watched them shy away from our flies. There's way more knowledge that goes into fly fishing than I thought and watching people cast is a thing of beauty.

After a few hours in the water I was ready to lean up against a tree and take a nap. It's so relaxing.

A day later, Danny took me on nice hike. We started off by driving in the wrong direction for a while, which was perfectly okay with me because I got to see Mt. Washington and Tuckerman's Ravine up close.

The way up was pretty steep and lush with new spring growth. The built in ladders and stairs led us to views like the one above.

Once we made it to the top these curious little grey jays decided to hang out for a little while. The views were breathtaking as the only man made thing in site was the road below. When we started to descend the mountain things got a little tricky, however.

We post-holed up to our waists at times through the deep snow and trail not frequently traveled this early in the hiking season. Once we crossed rivers, slid down mountains, and stomped through mud it was nearly dark, but we were stoked on our adventure in the White Mountains. New Hampshire, I miss you!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Hampshire Part 2.

Nature is neat. If you haven't seen that video, I thought I would share it with this post about nature in New Hampshire. Despite the on and off rain everyday, we've managed to hike nearly 20 miles since I've been here. The White Mountains are beautiful!

Tommy J. (pictured above getting ready for our night hike up Kearsarge), Sean, Danny, and I hiked up to the fire tower on top of Kearsarge for a little sleep over the other day. Tommy is probably stretching because he is old. He turned 27 at midnight.

We started pretty late and it was raining and dark by the time we reached the top, but it didn't stop us from enjoying all of the nature.

Danny and I found perfect walking sticks.

Thankfully the fire tower is sturdy because the winds sounded like they were reaching 50 miles per hour all night. It was tough to sleep with the relentless winds, but made the adventure more memorable. Danny hiked up with a birthday cake for Tom that we busted out after he cooked up some spaghetti. Kearsarge was a blast!

The next day, Danny and I hiked up Kitterage. Above is the view from the top. Both Kitterage and Kearsarge are based in Conway, but because of the fog and rain, I never saw the view from the top of Kearsarge.

It's spring time here in NH. I can't believe my mom and dad called me to let me know that they were skiing powder in Tahoe yesterday. While I've enjoyed the hiking here, I can't wait to hike up with my skis in Tahoe when I get home!

Hopefully the tricky weather at home hasn't ruined all of the daffodils in Tahoe. Just in case, I took this photo.

Smashed into a Go Pro the other day...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Hampshire Part 1

As the spring weather was turning, yet again, into snow flakes in Tahoe, I decided to head out to New Hampshire for a change of scenery. The weather has been hit or miss, but it certainly hasn't stopped us from having fun.

For Danny's birthday we canoed down the Saco river. It's basically the equivalent to the Truckee river except our mode of transportation is a canoe. We played ladders and took advantage of the sun before the rain hit us for the second half of our trip.

Despite the cold temperature of the water, Zach and Danny jumped in and made sure to let everyone know that I did not. They have bragging rights and now, I don't. I'm okay with that.

Mt. Washington, in the background, is the highest point in the northeastern United States. In April 1934, the observatory recored a 231-mile-per-hour wind that remains a world record for a land-based weather station.

I was stoked to be outside enjoying the sun with bare-feet!

Mother's Day was the day after Danny's birthday and we hiked up Foss Mountain, again taking advantage of the weather before it rained. The views were spectacular.

As there was a lot to celebrate between Mother's Day and Danny's birthday, it seemed appropriate to top off the evening with one of my new favorite meals...lobster! Even though my trip here is short, we are cramming in as much fun as possible. More from NH to come soon!