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Archive for November, 2006

Brown County Ride, Lake Lemon Photography

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Dave and I rode at Brown County again today, and the trails were in much better condition. There were still a few muddy spots, most notably the small section of trail that goes from the parking lot into the woods, but overall, everything was in great shape.

I definitely felt like my riding improved by riding at Versailles. The tight, twisty trails there helped improve my cornering skills, even by riding there just once. I did a lot better than I’ve done in the past at cornering on both the North Tower Loop and The Aynes Loop. I also did a better job of using momentum to my advantage. We were just flying over the trails today! It felt great to get out and ride and really kick some ass. Of course, it helps immensely that it wasn’t dark or muddy, like it has been almost every other time I’ve ridden recently.

Sarah and I went to Lake Lemon for a while after my bike ride, and took some more photos. I’ll have to post those photos later. It was great to be outside and in a beautiful place together. I doubt we’ll see much weather this great until spring.

McCormick’s Creek

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Yesterday, Sarah and I went for a hike at McCormick’s Creek State Park. We hiked Trail 5, which goes to Wolf Cave. It’s about a 2-mile hike on a pretty smooth trail. We took some photos as we hiked.

We saw some cool mushrooms, a lot of tangled vines, some ferns and thorned plants, sink holes, and a lot of really neat moss. We also crossed the creek a few times, though I’m not sure if there were multiple creeks or if it curves a lot. There were even some … “Siamese Trees,” I guess you’d call them — two trees growing out of one trunk.
Unfortunately, it was a last-minute decision to go to the cave, so we weren’t really prepared. We didn’t bring any flashlights and weren’t really planning on getting wet. But there were a bunch of people in there anyway, and we would’ve had to crawl through it, which we didn’t feel like doing, so we didn’t go very far into the cave.

I’m posting rough versions of some of the photos in a new set on my Flickr page. Here are a few highlights:

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Siamese Trees (not a great photo, but just a weird thing to see!)

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Some weird mushrooms (I think) that I’d like to identify.

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Mossy log

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Fern

Cyclist In Chief

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

There’s a cool article on Yahoo! news about President Bush mountain biking. I had heard that Bush was into mountain biking, but this is the first article I’ve seen that’s specifically about it. There’s another article here. Regardless of your opinion of Bush, you’ve got to admit that this is pretty cool.

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