Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lunch Loop mountain biking

All Hallows Eve

“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs. ” 
― Douglas CouplandThe Gum Thief

Like most parents of small children, it’s been a busy couple of days, and the evening plans centered around walking around in the cold gathering candy from strangers.

So I had to squeeze in a trail somehow. I went post-dinner and pre-going to our friend Matt’s house to take kids out trick n treating. I just rode from home to the Lunch Loop and did something short as the sun set.

Here’s the Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/214039037

Here’s the pictures:

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Another Post-Meeting Ride

“Fly you fools” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

Busy days now, and busy days ahead.

Melinda and I had a meeting, then rode from my house over to the Secret Stash. We tried a couple of challenging obstacles, and put some miles on, hard and fast, flying. We were only out about an hour before I had to get home for Trinity, and to submit a grant. Such a beautiful day!

Sorry- no pictures. Hard to shoot while you’re flying.

Lunch Loop mountain biking

Contrast

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Return of the King

Sometimes when I look at my kids, or the beauty of the sunset, or a waterfall, or the light hitting the red rocks….I think I feel a bit like Sam at this moment.

Sometimes life is filled with shadow, and we have to look above the reek and wreckage and let the beauty into our heart.

I was tired today after yesterday’s exertions. We didn’t get out until evening. It was turned cold and started to rain a little, but the kids were excited to go to White Rocks and climb around. So we did. IMG_1840 IMG_1841 IMG_1843 IMG_1844 IMG_1845 IMG_1846 IMG_1847 IMG_1848