Saturday, May 31, 2008

Lost Creek Lake Bike Trail

Looking for a Mountain biking trail to ride Saturday and found a really nice ride at Lost Creek Lake off of Highway 62 that goes to Crater Lake.
The trail starts on the north side near the boat launch.
X 's marks the beginning of ride, the trail I have mark in orange color.
I started late, about 1:00pm, the air temp was about 65 degrees and about half clouds and blue sky's.
It was a single track about 24 inch to 6 feet wide in places.
The trail was not to bad, I did cross over about 37 bridges, the bridges had numbers on them.
This as much like driving the road to Hana, on the island of Maui, I thinks there was about 65 bridges to cross.
It was 12.5 miles one way, from the boat launch to the big bridge on the east end of the lake.
It did not rain a drop the hole tripe to the bridge.
But about the time I turned around to head back, the clouds just opended up and start pouring, I mean it came on so fast that the rain was falling out of a blue sky, the clouds had not had a chances to move above me as of yet.
Then the thunder started booming about a mile or so away, and the rain stopped.
The thunder followed me all the most of the way back a started to gain about 4 miles from the car.
I was thinking maybe the thunder like aluminum bikes that I was riding on. LOL
All in all it was 25 miles in about 3 hour and 40 minutes.
Only bad thing was there was poison oak across the trail at times, so I had to ride through it.
John and Paul, will like this trail, it is a lot like the Applegate lake trail.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Fly Boys

I was driving up to Applegate Lake area to do some geocaching, and these hang glider were flying just out side of Rush. They take off from a place called Bishop Creek.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Book Report Time, Gentleman of the Road

Gentleman of the Road, by Michael Chabon.
The story takes place in the land of Khazaria near the Caspian Sea.
The time period betweem 600 and 1000 AD.
Zelikman is a jewish doctor who has left is home land and wonders the county side with and huge Africa, by the name of Amran who carries a Viking ax by the name of Defiler of Your Mother.
They come across a prince by the name Filaq, who's family had been killed by the next ruling Bek(king).
They travel the roads of Khazaria till they come across an army from the capital city, and they take over the army and headed back to the city of Atil to take back the Prince family king seat.
A good story and with lots of funny things happing to them all the time.

Monday, May 05, 2008

A Ride Around Applegat Lake

Ben, John, Paul and myself(Dan), made the trip up to Applegate Lake and road the mountain bikes around the lake.
We parked by the dam, and unloaded the bikes there and road across the dam for about 1.3 miles till we came to the little parking lot and the trail head started right there, how could you get lost.
Whooo, what a get trail, about 12 to 18 inches wide in most places ha ha.
So at about 1.5 miles into the trail, we came to this fork, and someone had made the decision to go right, so up the hill we went, down the other side, then we started side hilling in this little ditch of a trail and then it ended at this steel cable?
Bikes on our shoulders, and up the hill we went, till we came to a really nice trail that went no place, so we turn and went the other direction and came out at were we started, in the first place, LOL,
What a great day, air temp was about 65 degrees, and some clouds, snow cap mountain in the distances.
Fish jumping in the water and people trying to cache them, and boats on the lake. Most of the trail was in the shade of the trees, so we really only go hot near the end of the trail.
The lake was empty in October 07 when I was geocaching near here.
Its completely full now, right up to the top.
The ride lasted 3 hours and we coved 18 miles. A really great ride, and it was easy till you get to the last 1/2 mile and I pushed my bike up that hill .

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Really Big Fish Story

On Saturday, April 26, the three of us were diving in Brookings.
I was hunting fish and I saw this sea trout on top and small rock.
So I took aim and let it go and got it.
It was about 12 inch long and a nice size, sea trout I thought.

Now Ben and Paul were just about 5 to 8 feet away watching me with my big catch.
And so I have witness, to what happened next.

As I placed my right hand next to the trout, so as to get my fish stringer up to hang the trout on it.
This 4 feet ling cod, came out from under me, out of know were.
And then He clamped his mouth over my poor little trout, and over the rest of my spear.
His head was so wide, it made my hand, which was right beside his head, look only a quarter of the size of his head.
The fish shook my spear, and I shook the spear trying to get it back from this huge monster.
This lasted about 4 or 5 seconds, and he was gone.
And the worst of all, the dirty monster.
He took my poor little trout and left me with nothing.
I tried and tried, to get another, but all the fishing magic was gone.
I found some pictures of what the fish stealing monster must of looked like.
I will be hunting this one for days to come.