White Castle

Luke (left) and Owen (right) on the trail

Just back from the trailhead

Red Castle

Just got back from snowshoeing and camping for two days in sub-zero weather in the Uintas. Our goal was to do the same hike we did this summer, but we didn’t make it due to snow conditions and sickness in the group. The winter trailhead is 8 miles farther out than the summer trailhead. I made it in to the summer trailhead, but no farther. Already planning to try again next year! Check out a few of my pictures.

Red Castle Hike

View north from Red Castle Lake (our group on the left).

Just got back last week from three days with the Boy Scouts in the Red Castle area of the high Uintas. Hiked in ~11 miles the first day and then toured the lakes the next day, adding another good 12 miles. We had rain, sleet, and snow most every day for a while, intermingled with sun. Hiked out the third day. The fishing was good, but I wish I would have taken my photo gear instead. One boy firmly established that pants are required equipment in the back country. I’m also pretty sure now that ponchos are not actually rain gear. Oh, and jungle hammocks appear to be the one true tent alternative

Red Castle on the approach
Unsuccessful attempt at Upper Red Castle Lake

Watch this Space

I’m going to use this space to document a few of my hobbies. The big one right now is my garden. In the last two years I’ve planted 24 fruit trees on our property, plus a variety of berry bushes. I’m also doing a vegetable garden.

My other main hobby is mountain biking. Minor hobbies include photography, paintball, mountaineering, and hiking.

Some nautical exploits:

Rowing in Savonlinna in 2003
Boating in Helsinki in 2007
My brother, my dog, and I violating Canadian sovereignty in a canoe in 2006