Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hidden Lake

We have taken a few hikes in between ski camps.

I saw the trail head for "hidden lake" one day when we were headed to Little Zig Zag falls (not really a hike, a lovely little walk along a beautiful bit of small falls.) and so one day we headed over to try the hidden lake trail. You take 26, to the Kiwanis Camp turn off (road 39) and you'll see it on the right.

I don't know why I love these signs.
Mt. Hood Wilderness, Mt. Hood National Forest
I think this trail is rated as moderately strenuous. The beginning is not bad, zig zags up but shaded and pleasant. We crossed the water, found the hidden lake, and kept going. Then it got a bit steep.

overlook

It is an interesting trail because the vegetation changes so much. And because you really are quite high. Near the lake we are pretty sure we saw a bear track in the mud, which was a first for us!



found the lake!
the mossy ground in the area around the lake was spongy, like one of those special floors for gymnasts. I was a little worried about what was underneath it as it gave to the weight of ones footsteps.


the water crossing areas were a bit tough on the younger ones. Their legs aren't long enough to reach from one "safe" spot to the next. We got them across okay, but coming back I had picked up Little Hawk to pass him to my oldest on the other bank and I misstepped. I fell into the stream and so did he. He was surprised and shaken up a bit, the water is very cold, but he was alright. I split my shin which wasn't very comfortable but it was a minor thing. Something to think about if one is out on their own with smaller sized people.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pfriem Family Brewers, Hood River

For reasons I don't understand the MacBook Air and the Collins Lake WiFi aren't speaking to each other. My last few posts were managed via the husband's computer. Alas this morning I dropped him off at the Portland Airport to head back East- to work and to family obligations there. I miss him already and I miss access to his computer!
So- I'm trying to do this from my phone!

Last night we drove to Hood River. This confuses me because when we got there Tim said the river separating Oregon and Washington wasn't the Hood River it was the Columbia River. Ummm, so why is the town called Hood River? Don't know.

We tried to find a place called Turtle Island, said to have good vegan/vegetarian food. Wasn't where four square said it was. So we looked at some other places and decide to try Pfriem Family Brewers.
And now we are big fans:

We had the Moroccan Stew and the Veggie Burger. Both were awesome. The veggie burger tastes house made and is hands down the best I've ever had. The Morrocan Stew came in a ceramic dish, piping hot, with a very interesting taste and texture. Also very good. Prior to dinner we tried their pickle plate: pickled beans, maybe pickled fennel? and pickles. Thumbs up. We also had an order of olives, very nice! and house made french fries.

The vibe is casual, people come in off the river to eat, and family friendly, there is even a kids play corner for wiggle preschoolers.
And of course beer.


Tim and the girls

me and the boys

Tim has a friend who wants to open a brew pub in Williamsburg. So I took some extra shots of the inside of Pfriem Family Brewers because it does look and feel like a great pub.






they are just phone snap shots, nothing fancy, but you get the feeling. An interesting mix of industrial, with the pipes showing, the vats for the beer, but all the "reclaimed" looking wood keeps it feeling warm. Very well done interior.

so the bin needs to emptied, but that has to be the cutest little baby station I've ever seen

so family friendly!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

The kids' thoughts on Volkl Slalom Demos

Yesterday I took the racers up to the glacier with Volkl Slalom Skis.

Their comments:
I asked 4 questions:
"rate how they turn"
"rate how you feel about the weight of the ski"
"do they feel fast"
"are they easy to control"
they could either answer or give me a number, 0= burn them; 10=I never want to try another ski

K is a U18 female about 5'5 maybe 100lbs, I am not sure on the weight.

regarding how they turn: K gave them a 7-8
weight "yeah, they are nice and light, 7-8"
feel fast? "well I was on slush today but I think they feel fast. I didn't feel pulled down the hill by them, they are light."
easy to control? Um, yeah.

K isn't into having me ask her for her comments and she isn't into demoing SL skis right now. She likes the ones she has, and she is focused on finding GS skis.

Tiger is a U14 male, like K he is a light weight. I think he tips the scale around 85 lbs.
He skied 145 Volkl Slalom skis
"rate how they turn" 9
"rate the weight" 10
"feel fast?" 10
"easy to control?" 10
me: Wow! You really like Volkl!
Tiger: I like THOSE skis. Last year I demoed SL skis and they didn't feel any different than what I already had. After trying these skis I never want to go back to my old skis. I really like these skis.

Dragon is a U14 male. Unlike his siblings he is a giant. He is about 5'7" and around 115lbs. The Volkl guys didn't have Jr skis in his size so he was on adult skis, he skied on 157s.
"rate how they turn" 8
"like the weight" ummm a 7
"feel fast" 7
"easy to control" 9
comments: overall I like these skis. I really like Volkl in general.

MLyons is a U10 female. I've no idea how big or small she is! She skied on 131s.
before I could ask she said "10!"
me: You love 'em?
Mlyons: Yup! Just like my Bombers (GS) these are perfect for my size, perfect for my weight, perfect for my speed, They go really fast if they are on good snow.

We ski in SARA, not as competitive a region as some of the other regions, the kids find the podium  regularly in our region.

P.S. Tiger got his Volkl skis.
Happy Kid, New Skis

Our Intro to Bomber Skis

Ever heard of Bomber ? Until recently I hadn't.

One of the things that happens up at Mount Hood in the summer is the opportunity to demo a variety of skis. (I am assuming snow boards are well represented as well.) Head is here, Volkl is here, Fischer, Atomic... to name a few. And Marker too.

Anyway, M has been gunning to demo Head skis. 4th of July got in the way, the Head reps closed up shop for the 4th and stayed closed over the weekend. Good for them. But not so good for M, so she tried Bomber's GS skis. Oh wow. HEAVY! M doesn't have GS skis. Until now she's only skied on Slalom Skis (which in our case are Volkls). When her dad took her up to run GS on July 4th and he didn't think she'd be able to turn the Bombers so her brought her SL skis up too. Just in case. Maybe it was her dad's lack of faith, but M absolutely loved the Bombers. At the end of the day she stuck a Bomber sticker on the back of our van. The next day I returned the demo skis while the gang were out river rafting. I spoke to the rep a little bit and mentioned that, M slapping the sticker onto the van. He asked what we were driving and I told him "a ridiculous big white sprinter." He asked if it had Romney/Ryan stickers on it. It does. He told me he saw it and had tried to get a photo for his boss. I told him I'd text him one. I sent him this one:

Bomber sticker on the van
A little bit about Bomber Skis from their web site:

All BOMBER skis are handcrafted in a small race lab in Italy. The skis are built by a master craftsman. He has over 32 years of ski building experience. BOMBER has created a skiing sensation unmatched in the industry.

BOMBER B-1 is a complete line of world cup quality race skis which include SL, GS, Super-G and DH designs. The B-1 race skis are best described as "the real deal." The B-1 provides super power, speed, responsiveness, and stability.


These are like 'couture' I mean, they are made by a master craftsman? How many things do you own made by a master craftsman? The sales rep says the guy, the one master craftsman creating these skis, makes 15 a day. I can't imagine. I want to go visit the workshop!

And get this:



so if you are in the Mount Hood vicinity and you've never tried Bomber; you might need to check them out. Want to know more? Hit up their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/bomberski

I've had 3 kids try them. M, the 9 year old above who very definitely loves them and very definitely wants a pair of Bomber GS skis. And K and Tiger. I'll be looking for them to give me their feedback as well. K and Tiger traditionally ski Volkl skis for Slalom & GS although I think right now K is on Head skis. K is a Head fan (there is a previous post of her with her Head boots not very excited about her dad's suggestion that she use her brother's boots. "these (Head boots) only pinch a little dad, it is a competition fit. They are fine."So I am interested to get an opinion from her about the Bombers.

and, our friend PurpleSage at SmugMug got some shots of K running GS on the Bombers:

@Purplesage Photography, used with permission
@Purplesage Photography, used with permission


In the meantime, here is M, in her own words pitching for Bomber. She really wants those skis.


Post by Cailin Yates.

last time I posted an embedded video from FB I couldn't tell in edit mode if it worked, and it did, so I'm going on faith that this shows up. If not, maybe you can follow the link: M loves Bomber Skis

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

River Rafting in Maupin Oregon

The ski team takes one day off from snow in the middle of the trip. It is a chance to do something else, but more importantly give the kids a break. Ski Racing is actually pretty hard on their legs and injuries tend to occur when they get too tired. Also, in Virginia we usually only get to ski on the weekends (unlike some of the larger teams where everybody lives close to the slopes and they have practice 4 to 6 times a week.) So after 3 or 4 days our kids are tired. Generally on the day off the team arranges for a river rafting trip. This year it was with Imperial Rafting Co. in Maupin, Oregon.

I am once again sharing photos from the Smug Mug album by Purple Sage. purplesage.smugmug.com/Ski-Racing/Ski-Race-Camps/2014-Mount-Hood-Race-Camp/2014-Mount-Hood-Day-5
I am sharing these with permission of the photographer. Please do not use these photos without his permission. Thank you.









possibly the best sequence of photos... ever! Imperial rafting not only had the rafting, which was obviously a blast, but they had a pretty picnic area and they put out some tables and provided a bbq dinner with salad and even veggie burgers for the veggie crowd. I stayed back with the littles, and we borrowed a car from one of the other families and joined everybody for dinner. Bitsy was complaining that it was hot (it was. like 100 degrees hot.) and one of the other dads asked if we'd brought her bathing suit. We hadn't but she was wearing athletic shorts under her dress and so I gave her permission to get into the water in her shorts. (this embarrassed Dragon and unfortunately he loudly made a big deal of it. She's 7. There isn't anything on her upper body that looks any different from a 7 year old boy. I wish her brother didn't need to act like that.) But once I sent Dragon up the bank, Bitsy relaxed and had fun in the water.

More Pictures; Mirror Lake, Oregon

So Ski Dad "Purple Sage" (also the dad who likes fishing) has some great shots of the kids at Mirror Lake that I wanted to share:

Wintergreen Winter Teams swimming across Mirror Lake 

landed one!


These Photos are used with permission. Please do not use these photos without permission from the photographer. For more photos by Purple Sage or from this trip please use this link: http://purplesage.smugmug.com/Ski-Racing/Ski-Race-Camps

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mirror Lake Hike

This is one of my favorite hikes out here. I laugh at myself for saying that, there are so many hikes in this area that I haven't tried yet! But I really do enjoy this hike.
We went on Sunday after the kids skied in the morning (M tried GS skis by Bomber and loved them! I'm hoping to get her to give me a guest post about them tonight.)
The hike is on what I consider to be a moderate trail. It is about a mile and a half to the lake, up. The trail is easy to follow, no climbing, but there are roots and rocks. My 4 year old and my 7 year old both walked all the way up, and all the way back down. But whenever anybody got excited and ran, they almost always tripped over something. I think if your kids are hikers this is not a hard trail, if your kids are not used to hiking it might take a while. Remember you are at altitude, bring water & sunscreen! Oh, and you can buy a $5 day or $30 annual recreation pass so you can park at the trail heads. The General Store in Govy Camp sells them but I'm sure they are available all over the place.
There are fish and crawfish and I don't know what else in the lake, and there are campsites in the area too.

 
little guy & daddy

Bitsy has gotten good at getting the older girls to let her hang out!


Traditionally the kids on the ski team swim across the lake. We got there a little late this time and missed it. I think K swam across, I don't know if Dragon or M did. Dragon brought his fishing pole and took off to a less populated area to practice fly fishing. He caught a trout and something he dubbed "some kind of native fish."

All part of Summer Ski Camp with the Wintergreen Winter Sports Team.