On the 3rd my friend Bill and I were going to do a 32 mile bike ride on the great Mickelson trail. Debbie and Rena dropped us off at the trail head.
|Ready to take off on our 32 mile ride|
|Love the do-rag Bill!!|
|Guess I could have used one too!|
The girls then departed to drive to our destination in Hill City that we should reach in about 3 hours. We were to do lunch there. 10 minutes into our ride I had a flat tire. Two days prior to our ride I had casually spoke of a need to replace tires and tubes. I'm clairvoyant. I was unprepared. Neither one of us had supplies to fix a flat so we had to walk back a couple miles. (I now carry a tube, pump and tire repair tools.) It took some time to get a call through to Debbie and Rena (no cell service) so they had already arrived at our final destination by the time we reached them. They did come back and get us, but only after driving around most of three hours by the time they dropped us off, proceeded to our destination and then back to get us. Oh yeah, when they finally arrived back at the trail head to pick us up they drove right by us and pretended to drive away. We could hear them laughing it up as they drove by. Ha, Ha, very funny.
|Where we spent most of our ride|
Aug 4 was our anniversary. 21 years. We rarely celebrate any occasion because we recognize everyday is a celebration of life. How's that for philosophy?! But really, we know we are blessed far more then we deserve and we're grateful for our quality of life! We did have a nice lunch with some local volunteers who invited us and others to their home but otherwise we did nothing else special.
We then "worked" a few days. I had some great rides and Debbie logged miles and miles of walking. We wrapped up the first two weeks of our diet. I lost 14-16 pounds, Debbie 10. Debbie hopes to lose more weight but my goal will just be to stay under 200 pounds (I'm 6'5" and currently at about 197).
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking part in a unique fish hatchery activity. The main pond had to be drained to facilitate replacing some underwater observation windows and repairing some leaking pond walls. So as the pond drained we had to move 600 - 800 mature trout. Some of these trout are 8-10 years old and weigh 12-15 pounds. I spent about about 8 hours moving fish. The US Fish and Wildlife guys pulled a seine net through the pond then a few of us volunteers had to move the fish from their net to a mobile tank then net them into a pond. It was very dirty, wet, sometimes funky and great fun. I look forward to taking part in moving the fish back to the main pond.
Here's what the drained pond looks like at the moment.
Aug 9 we did a terrific hike with 6 other folks. We hiked the Crow Peak Trail. It's about 7 miles with an elevation gain of about 1500 feet. Great day, great company, great views, nice wildflowers!
|Sanna, a summer intern at the Hatchery, learns the art of tree identification|
That afternoon we, along with Bill and Rena, went to Sturgis, SD to take a peek at the madness of the massive motorcycle rally. Typically, a few hundred thousand folks appear for the week of the rally. We arrived, parked at the outskirts of town and walked on in. What we find was all things motorcycle. Thousands of motorcycles, T-shirts for sale and quite a collection of biker folks. It's a colorful group. Mostly all we did was walk around town gawking at the sites, picking out our favorite motorcycles, and I'm sure looking entirely out of place. We did stand around for a while watching some crazies defy death. Lots of wheelies, riding with no hands, spinning around and, the crowd pleaser, smoking tires! It was fun.
Love the new truck, and you!