Friday, December 29, 2006
Al and I somewhere in the Heber Valley area during our Christmas mountain viewing...
Ducks near the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Area...
Mullet showing Alison his Christmas love by licking her glasses while she tried out the new down summer bag my parents and I gave her...
My new Ortlieb rear touring panniers the Hovde's and Al gave me (they also gave me a set for the front, but I don't have a front rack to mount them quite yet)...
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Thank you for your comment on the issue of global warming. It’s good to hear from you. I hope all is well back up north. As far as your discussion and links on this subject, I will concede now, after spending a considerable amount of my free time lately reading articles and essays on global warming, that yes, skeptics exist in the scientific community. There is not a consensus within the scientific community on the issue to the degree stated in An Inconvenient Truth, by Al Gore. However, I still feel very strongly from my own study of the subject (which by the way did not start with the reading of Gore’s book) that there is enough of a consensus to merit a change in my own impact to the environment. I will take a personal stance, and every individual must make their own choice respectively. I personally do not believe that the human consumption of fossil fuels cannot have drastic consequences, considering the incredible rate at which it has occurred within a very short time period of our planet. I do agree with you, and the essays you shared from Michael Crichton that science research must be conducted within certain parameters, and should be documented in whole to avoid bias. It is easy to realize that not all deductions that have been made within the scientific community have been correct within the history of mankind. But it is also very easy to realize that we have made incredible progress as well. There will always be skepticism, and there should be in order to prevent mistakes as much as is possible. But there will be progress alongside, whether one hypothesis prevails or another. To reach the conclusion that we as humankind cannot effectively determine and manage a problem because we have faced debate and setbacks is not something I can accept. Setbacks and debate are part of how we learn.
I also feel a strong need to comment on the political ties to the issue of global warming, which by your support of Crichton’s speeches, I have little doubt that you have considered thoroughly. We live in a country of unity, but also of intense division. I believe that since Al Gore was the author of a book on global warming, it cast immediate doubt in many individuals/groups as to the validity of any of the science claims made within his work. It would be no different if George Bush wrote the book. When a man has political ties (and thus very public allies and enemies), he is intensely judged no matter what he says. People already have their minds made up that a politician speaks truth, or is a fool. In addition to the basic political party affiliation issues, the debate over economic implications of the global warming problem cause wild amounts of debate. So once again, it is easy for me to see where people may already have their minds made up based on their desire to protect what they see as the most intelligent treatment of the economy. To some degree of truth, the data you find when searching for information regarding global warming depends on how politically/economically liberal or conservative your data source is. (I think we’re in agreement there already based on some of your comments/links). In my opinion is that politicians, economists, scientists, and consumers alike must be open minded enough to observe the world objectively, and at times challenge their own comfort and beliefs when data merits such actions, in order to sustain our race. And yes, as a Christian, I do believe that God plays the ultimate role in whether or not man succeeds in their ventures, but I also believe he has created in us the duty of being trying as hard as we can to be stewards of the situations presented to us. This means not giving up because at the signs of setbacks or debate. I can go on, but I suspect that will happen anyway in future blogs. Thank you again for your input. I am in no way wishing for my opinion alone to be heard. One cannot understand an issue without hearing all sides.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Actually, there was not a ruckus, and we don't even have a chimney. We've just aparently become the type of people that subject their pets to such uncomfortable situations as this. Although, he wasn't even uncomfortable. He sat around in his outfit for quite some time, apparently enjoying the extra warmth before he decided to regain his dignity and shake it off. Merry Christmas from the world's favorite little awkward cat, Mullet!
The wall that is 400 N, seen here in the midst of the snowing...we're looking up, mind you, so it's steeper than it looks in the photo...
Are we in San Francisco?? Nope, there's snow all over...
The 520 literally chillin' at Mueller Park...
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
North end of the Oquirre (sp?) Mountains, during our departure out of the Salt Lake Class B airspace:
Shot of the panel in the 172 we were flying; notice the all the terrain and water on the Multi Function Display (colorful TV lookin' thing). Yeah, we're not flying in Grand Forks anymore. There's stuff to run into here.
The required husband and wife shot with the airplane. Ah, aren't we adorable...
Another required husband and wife shot. Yes, my glasses are turned up on purpose...they hurt under my headset...
Dave enjoying the ride around the mountains...
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
This is the scene that followed, and lasted most of the afternoon...it's sad when they become nip junkies...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
As for the rest of my recent ND trip experience, it was great to see friends and family again. That’s the one downfall of finally getting to live in the big hills. It’s not as easy to see everyone. But I suppose if I ever do the airline pilot thing that can all change. We’ll just see how it all turns out…
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Kelly on lead...
Me, not on lead... :)
Saturday, October 21, 2006
I'm pretty sure Mullet looks like he wants a ride.... :)
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Anyhow, installing them proved to be a bit of a project, since like most new frames, there was quite a bit of paint cover the eyelet threads where the fenders attach, so I had to do a little frame tapping. You can see in the attached photo how much crud came through.
All in all, it was a needed addition to a true touring/commuter ride, and I think it clearly increased the bike's sexiness. :) Silver with black pinstripes. Nice!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
This shot is of Alison and I riding Potash Road, which follows the Colorado river just outside of Moab. It's the only place you can ride 33 miles on in the area without really big climbs along the way, so it was a great weekend relaxing scenic ride. Not to belittle the distance though, it was Al's biggest ride yet- congrats babe! And thanks to Ty for taking the picture...
And in case you all are still wondering if you should visit us and our beautiful new state, I'll leave you with this shot of Double Arch. It's just sittin' out here for you to come look at, and it's pretty sweet...Come visit! :)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
First up is the view out our balcony window. It’s much improved from our last balcony view, which of course did not exist.
The second couple shots of another ride up
Third, we have a shot of our backyard hiking playground,
Fourth, you may be interested to see some sweet fall fringe weather hiking in
To finish off, we haven’t had many good Mullet pictures lately, so I’ve included a couple for all to catch up to the fact that he is still not very smart. J He is first attempting to drink water from my glass, almost getting his head stuck, and second battling with an non-living item, his nemesis, our hand vacuum, “The Shark”. It was not running at the time of the battle. Mullet thought he might be able to kill it in it’s sleep…
Bye bye for now...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
On another note, I had an interview that went very very well last friday, and I'm in the waiting process to see if the company will bring me on or not. It's a small charter company that is looking for someone to mainly manage, but also fly right seat a bit, so it's perfect for me. The guy that interviewed me said he'd love to hire me, but the position hasn't been officially created yet, so I'm waiting for now on that job while I still keep me eyes peeled elsewear just in case. I'm also going to try to work at Wasatch Touring, a local bike shop that a friend of mine works at. It would be fun part time work, and would provide discounts on gear I use all the time down here. Anyhow, more later, but enjoy the picture of sweet sweet UT...
Sunday, September 10, 2006
So I still have no pictures for you all to view, and that needs to change. We're still looking for the software for Al's new camera to upload the pix to my laptop. Soon, I hope. The view out our apartement balcony was worth moving here. Instead of ugly brick UND apartment buildings, we see the Wasatch mountain range. Yes, that is good. There is a (state I think) park called Mueler Park a couple miles from our door, and I hear the hiking, mountain biking and road riding is excellent. I'll be up there soon. Anyhow, I need to get back to unpacking and figuring out where all the details of our lives are. :) More later, hopefully before another ten days passes...
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
I was sporting my new Clif Bar jersey this afternoon, my "I had to have surgery- again" present to myself- sort of a motivational item to get back to normal life. As for the rest of the day, I'm not quite sure whats on the menu. Plenty to do, except for go to work of course. There's next to nothing to do out at the airport these days, and it will probably stay that way until the fall mad rush starts up. The fall was our deadline goal to get outahere. We'll see if we make it. Alison has a couple possibilities in SLC, so hopefully one solidifies. We'll keep everyone posted...
Friday, August 04, 2006
A sample....At the top of the grueling Porcupine Rim ascent, overlooking Castle Valley, UT, 2003.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
For now, I am still not pedaling. Thinking about giving it an easy go tonight or tommorow; I've been feeling pretty good the past couple days. I'm going pretty bonkers considering I basically have no work left for the remainder of the summer, and I can't ride very much. Soon.
Monday, July 31, 2006
As far as our travels, I'll have to elaborate more later, but for the quick update, we spent most of a week with Alison's family in WI at their lake cabin, and then spent a day at the EAA fly in at Oshkosh, where Al had to push me around in a wheelchair. We then spent a couple days in the cities (we bought a dishwasher there! no more washing forever everyday). The back to GF for a couple days, and most recently we made another quick trip out to the north woods of MN for the wedding of a couple friends. Now we're back in GF working on finding jobs in SLC as usual. More later, hopefully to include pix....
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Back to the couch for more sitting and not aggrevating injuries...
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
1st backcountry campsite, at the south Beaver River camp...
One of the many sweet woods sections, good for catching your breath after the steep rocky sections...
Near 2nd backcountry campsite, Bear Lake. Very good swimming. Washes the stink off. Sorry that my nipples are so viewable in this picture. :)
Mt. Trudy overlook. I was pleasantly surpised to find such a view in MN. Thought for a minute I was out west. Very cool place, but you've got to work to get there...
If you hiked the SHT, you'd be as happy as this guy, and as smelly...