Archive for November, 2013

Colorado Mountain Club – Boulder Group Annual Dinner

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Potluck Feast in the Avalon Ballroom

Socializing with Brenda

Photo War with Rick!

Avalon Ballroom

Dr. Trenberth, from NCAR, gave an excellent presentation on Climate and Global Warming.

Dennis and I attended the CMC Boulder group Annual Dinner. The evening starts with a potluck feast then moves onto voting in of new board members, presentation of awards, and ends with the keynote speaker. The food was awesome, the camaraderie was excellent, and Dr. Trenberth capped off the evening with an intriguing presentation of Climate and Global Warming.

Erin’s Birthday and Our Bar Opening Party

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Natalie & Jen, Erin (Birthday Girl), Clare (w/thumbs up and hang loose!), Tiffany, Sylwia & Jay, Gary, Stu & Leah, Dennis, and Jeff. Not pictured but in attendance: Doug & Kristina.

Natalie and Erin (the birthday girl!)

We celebrated Erin turning 29 and opened our new home bar! What a fun evening. There was a Bison Chili station, with shredded cheese, fried onion bits, and Flaming Dix Pineapple salsa. For the grazers out there, appetizers such as; deviled eggs, veggie tray, cheese and crackers, cookies, and cream puffs graced our kitchen island.

To top it off, three flavors of home brewed beer, courtesy of the birthday girl, was provided! My favorite was the French roast stout, followed by the red headed (called so because of the ginger!) pumpkin ale, followed by the standard stout.

Trail Running – Peavine Peak Halo Trail, Reno, NV

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Dennis and I took a trip to visit family in Reno, NV. While we were there, I had to do a 3 hour training run on trails, with quite a bit of elevation gain. After a few emails to Reno friends Dylan and Charles, I determined the trails on Peavine Peak would be suitable. More specifically, I set out to do the Halo Route which is ~13 miles with ~1500 ft of gain.

I was pointed to the Poedunk Mountain Bike Club as a source for more information regarding the trails. They had trail maps and elevation profiles of various routes available, for easy printing. Also, for pictures, and more information about the Halo trail, check out blogger Nevada Rambler’s Awesome Trip Report.

On the day of the run, it was around 40dF at the start, partially clouded, with a slight breeze. Perfect! Dennis dropped me off at the trailhead and I started running in a clockwise direction. I missed some of the turns during my run, but somehow managed to find my way back to the trail. The trail is very nice for running, with no roots or major obstacles. Also, it is high above Reno, so you get sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

I had a fabulous time running on Peavine and would highly suggest this area to other trail runners! The local mountain bike community has devoted a lot of time to trail maintenance, and it shows! On my way out, Dennis and I ran into Lee Turner who is an avid mountain biker and backcountry skier. Lee was telling me about Poedunk and encouraged me to get the word out about the organization. So, thanks to Poedunk for their hard work, coordinating efforts with the local forest service, and dedication to the trails!