Trying out the new QuickPress feature in WordPress 2.7.1. by uploading some favorite ski pics from the last trip. These two were taken on the Dipper Line run under the Dipper Express chair at Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe. The bottom one is a view of the very calm lake from the top of the Nevada side of the resort.
Updated 04/03/09: Turns out that leaving the pics unsized wrecked the formating with some browsers. Should be fixed now.
I’ve always thought this was one of the prettiest sights. I try to get even non-skiing friends up the gondola just to see it. Now, here’s the views coming to you in a few videos from a ride down the Heavenly gondola.
This is the best way home after skiing for me. I’d rather ski all the way down but skiing to the base lodges ends up in a bus ride. As you will see, the last stretch of the gondola is over flat land with little snow to boot, so I don’t ski down this slope either.
Anyway, I get to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains while I loosen my boots.
The second part is where the scenery cranks up. Its also where I had the not-so-bright idea to rotate the camera for portrait shots partway down. The car didn’t go spinning like that but its kind of a fun effect.
Stainless steel and BPA-free water bottles are all the rage and I too want to avoid the harmful effects of BPAs. So I was delighted to receive two new water bottles as gifts: one stainless and the other BPA-free plastic.
The stainless bottle looks very rugged. Too bad it turned into an unstoppable fountain in the car on the way to Tahoe! Its really amazing how altitude and hence air pressure change got this little bottle to soak my car interior before being brought under control by my passenger. I’m curious to know the physics behind it, but don’t have time to find out. I did however find the time to write a one-star review for the product on Amazon.
The BPA-free plastic bottle was cool-looking too and I like that its nozzle only lets out water when you bite to open it. So if you’re in the market for a new water bottle, I’d recommend this one:
Hard to believe that a day like today – unusually foggy in town – can be brilliantly sunny up on Skyline. We hiked the Long Ridge Trail. Highlights included an old moss-covered apple orchard, the “No Swimming” sign on the algae-covered Zen pond, and a few fungi along the path.
This weekend I finally got half-decent photos of the white bird that hunts near the top of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. This photo and video below were taken near the top of Spring Ridge Trail on a very still evening.
Please comment or send me email if you think you might know what kind of bird this is.
REI.com is offering 10 free music downloads sponsored by various ski and board makers.
Click here and look mid-page to “Download your FREE Winter Soundtrack” of ten MP3 downloads.
Playlist: Persephone’s Bee’s, “We’ve Just Begun” – MP3 presented by Salomon Quadrillion, “Dropped” – MP3 presented by Ride Snowboards Saxon Shore, “Bar Clearing Good Times” – MP3 presented by Volkl Ohmega Watts, “Can You Hear it” – MP3 presented by REI.com Robbers on High Street, “Training the Tricks” – presented by The North Face The Apples In Stereo, “(baby its’) So Cold – MP3 presented by Burton Eagles of Death Metal, “Now I’m a Fool” – MP3 presented by K2 Au Revoir Simone – “Fallen Snow (redux) – MP3 presented by Marmot The Rentals, “Colorado” – MP3 presented by Smith Optics American Analog Set, “Ice King” – MP3 presented by Rossignol
The coyote froze in its tracks as we came around the corner for the last long pull up Spring Trail. After perceiving no threat, it lay down in the tall brown grass and rolled. As we approached up the trail, it oh-so-casually decided to get up and investigate the smells on the far shoulder of the hill.
Returning down the hill, we spotted two circling hawks. One sped to attack speed and dive-bombed the oak tree but came away with empty claws.