Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Enjoying the #vineyard #trekking above the #douro valley. #imgettingthirsty ------------ #smalladventure #vinho #quinta #pinhão #vineyards #vineyardlife #portwine #blog #dourovalley
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Sunday, February 28, 2016
The weekend is gone, but not forgotten. ----------------------- #skiweekend #smalladventure #blog #skiday #bluebird #whistlerblackcomb #gratuitousselfie
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
#brompton parking in #beaune --------------------------------- #bromptonbicycle #foldingbike #burgundy #bourgogne #france #smalladventure #blog #cobbles
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I realized if you take a bike, shoot it with a shrink ray and put it in a suitcase, you are more apt to actually ride away from home. This was the logic behind adding Bromptons to our arsenal last year, and we got another chance to travel with them on a recent trip to Europe.
|An actual D-road in the Côte de Nuits|
|Parking in the city.|
|...canals are everywhere in Burgundy|
|A square in Dijon|
Weather was generally dry in the mornings and wet in the afternoons. The slower pace of country life is easy to adapt to. Soon the only chores of the day, aside from the riding itself, were of the food sampling variety. The mandatory stops at town boulangeries, watching the locals come peruse the baguette inventory and leave with their choices. Afternoon cafë breaks where I might have eaten a warm waffle with nutella and banana. Wine and mustard were tasted and consumed.
In Zurich, having a bike to get around town is a revelation, as your range for any given time period is greatly extended. And the small bikes were great on tour, even handling rough roads. We each had one 25 litre bag carrying one week's worth of gear mounted on the front carrier block. If camping, then the rear would get loaded up, but no need this time. Looking forward to the next trip...
Posted by Tifighter at 3:29 PM
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ah, California, a place where your bike just doesn't need no stinkin' fenders. Alas, those days are gone, and our touring bikes, a pair of Dahon Tournado, were in need. Enter Woody's Custom Fenders in Bend, OR. Custom mahogany, maple and wenge. Cody even signed them. Problem solved.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Some photos from a recent visit to the Swiss Alps. Fall is a beautiful time to visit, and it is far less crowded than summer. In some villages, we were the only ones there...
...since they knew the snow would soon come. But no matter; it is a good excuse to eat more warm rosti.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
The next part of the trip involved going up the Valle Frances. Most people do this as a day hike but we elected to stay a night up at Camp Britanico. Ours was one of only two tents up there. I could tell you why we wanted more time there, but its easier to just show you-
Monday, February 6, 2012
So we backpacked in Torres del Paine.
|Torres del Paine park|
|Torre Sur, Central and Norte|
This was a long day, about 6-7 hours not counting any breaks, but thanks to continued surprising good weather, the views made it easier. After descending out of Valle Ascencio, the trail is pretty flat until about an hour away from Cuernos. Upon cresting one of these ascents, Lake Nordenskjold and entrance of Valle Frances become visible, and its hard to believe what you are seeing is real. From here, its a long descent down to Refugio Cuernos.
|Punta Bariloche, Cuerno Principal, and Lago Nordenskjold|
|Anticipating dinner under Cuerno Principal|
More to come.
Posted by Tifighter at 8:00 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Last weekend, we returned from a two week visit to everyone's favorite skinny country, Chile. Really, flying over it, you can see the ocean out one window, and the Andes out the other. And that's it; it is all Argentina from there.
We'll focus on Santiago for this post. But first, a little information about getting there. Because we used miles to get our tickets this past summer, we had a pretty wacky flight routing: San Francisco -> Toronto -> Santiago, making for seventeen hours in the air total. This makes for a good time to catch up on movies. And by the way, Air Canada has good equipment and service these days, so check them out. Too bad they fly through Toronto airport, which tries to foil this good experience at every turn. Anyhow, as an American, landing in Santiago means $140 before customs will let you out of the airport. This fee covers the life of your passport. Bionica's passport expires in three months. Oh well. Fifteen minutes later via taxi, and you are in Santiago.
We saw many of the sights, like the Plaza de Armas (the original 'town square' from the city founded in 1541) and La Moneta (the presidential building). In addition to being the current executive office and residence, La Moneta is also where Pinochet carried out his military coup and overthrew Allende. A brutal regime followed. This was only 38 years ago, and is more evidence how far Santiago, and Chile, have come in a short amount of time.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We tend to stay home over three day weekends. I admit that some of it is due to my inability to make plans far enough ahead of time. However, the other part of it is due to the crowds: let's face the fact that the weekends to get away from it all are typically anything but. Every cute town, campsite, trail, paddling area, bike route and more is inundated with people looking to live it up.
This year, we were no different. Bionica had a rare full three day weekend so we made a backpacking trip of it. Not knowing a lot about the Sierras still, the places I found were likely the places everyone knows about i.e. Desolation Wilderness. After some research, it seemed our best bet was to enter from the west side of the area and not the Tahoe side, if we wanted to avoid crowds. Got a permit online (good sign) and made plans.
Fast forward weeks later, and we are at the trailhead parking area. There's a swarm of kids running around, one boy telling another that HIS dad brought a hatchet. More cars are pulling in. The prospects of low-key are not looking good. Still we left for our destination, Rockbound Lake and hope for the best. The trail itself is pretty easy overall, but certainly rocky over the last third of the hike.
By the time we get there, all was quiet. Campsites were not immediately obvious, but we found a good one eventually. An hour later, after some searching, we figured it out...we were the ONLY ones there. The entire lake was ours. Dinner above the lake shore, clear skies, and a light breeze. The next day was lounging, snacking, exploring, reading, etc. Back home the third day. Turns out that this three day weekend really was about getting away from it all. Who knew?
Friday, August 19, 2011
Summer is chugging along here in small adventureland. Work life has meant some travel for myself, and some big hours for my better-half, but we still manage to get out and about when we get the chance. Marin, the East Bay hills, Pescadero/La Honda - nice places to have nearby. Weekends, for now, are a rare and precious commodity.