Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summertime and the livin's easy....

Bradley's on the microphone with Ras-MG...

all the people in the dance will agree that...

we're well qualified to...


the LBC. -Sublime

Its been an amazing summer so far. Had dinner at our favorite place Saturday night in Big Sky (Rainbow Ranch). This place burnt down this fall and was rebuilt almost exactly how it looked. The food and service was just how we remembered it...perfect in every way.

The flowers have been amazing this year. What a great time to be alive in Montana.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Slide Creek Mountain Bike and Big Sky Brewfest

Spent yesterday around the Big Sky area. We rode an old favorite up Taylor Fork just south of Big Sky. This ride, Little Wapiti to Sage Creek Loop (map) aka Slide Creek, has a few miles of flat road riding along the river towards the Wapiti Trailhead. Then it climbs some double track (oil can?) to the top of the ridge. The single track decent is most definitely excellent, as was the beer and food post ride.

The last few miles get heavy horse use. While they do turn the trail into a freeway here, they also expose lots of rocks that make for a fun decent. This is steeper than it looks.

After the ride Kona helped sniff out some local brews and live music at the Big Sky Beerfest. We ran into some friends and enjoyed another spectacular Summer evening drinking localish beer and listening to the jams. It was a nice break from the normal stop at Half Moon Saloon or The Corral which are down along the river and highway 191.

Me getting getting a foursome. Cheers!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Jackson Hole Mountain Biking (4th of July)

Man I've been slacking.....but its been an amazing summer so far. Been riding a ton around Bozeman during the week and road tripping on the weekends. Not too shabby when you can get on the local trails at 2:00 and be done before the hoards show.

Anyway, spent last weekend in Jackson biking and camping. I did an internship here last year and spent 12 weeks riding almost everyday. It was a blast to run into old friends and get to hit up my favorite food spots.....we hit them all and here they are........D.O.G. for a breakfast burrito before riding, Billy's for THE BEST post ride burger and beer. We also ate at Nikai for sushi which is the best sushi in town and I got to give it up to Teton Thai.....its B.O.B. and they had a DJ spinning outside Friday night...they throw down the best Thai around. We also did Sunday breakfast at Shades. They have great outdoor seating, good coffee and killer eggs benny. I also love a beer and some fish tacos from Pica's at the Wilson bar, but it didn't happen this trip. They are in town too, but the feel of the pass location is tough to beat (bottom of pass).

We rode the old classic of Town-Hagen-Game- West Game- Wilson-Snow King (good view bring quarters for the glasses and a cold pop)-back down to Ferrins-back to town. This was a post work classic for me. We also did Black Canyon on the pass and an in and out on the new stuff the 1,000+ Boy Scouts built last year. Got a great camping spot close to town with a pretty amazing view and no one around on 4th of July weekend. Claire also got to try out her new 08 Turner Spot I built for her. 2010 Fox Float RLC 15QR, Thompson post and stem, the 2010 Sram XO drivetrain in pink, blah, blah, blah.....its nuts and stiff as hell.

Ain't life grand!!???!!

Kona lovin' the 4th parade. We also watched the fireworks this year @ the brewery again. She loved the fireworks and didn't get scared in the least. She was mesmerized like us!!!!

Claire coming down Game Creek. We got hailed on later that Saturday.


Claire's new bike....."Tina" Turner.