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an evening mountain bike ride [video]

and now for something completely different…

earlier this spring I bought a new mountain bike, and have been trying to add that in to my life’s rotation.  the bike trails are very easy to get to from our house, and the loop around the nearby lake is a short 4-mile route. I usually ride one or two loops – nothing crazy.  most of the route is on paved bike trails or large shoulders along the road, but there is a part that you can detour off into a gravel drive that winds through the woods, with several small footpaths that wander even further into, and along, the woods.

a few nights ago, I rode a loop around the lake with my 13-yr old son, and when we stopped at home, he went back inside, I grabbed my GoPro camera and took off for another loop.  it was getting into the lower light of evening, and the video I captured on the trails in the woods was pretty wild.  enjoy.

 

a Sunfish sailing fail caught on my GoPro

I was looking through some of my GoPro video footage from sailing my Sunfish last summer on Lake Erie, and I put together this little clip of me flipping the boat over.  I had been sailing a while and came in close to shore so that I could adjust the way my GoPro video camera was mounted back on the end of the lower boom.

in retrospect, I’m not really sure why I didn’t go all the way into the beach to fiddle with the camera – maybe I thought the process would be simpler?  either way, it ended up a bit of a mess, and flipped the Sunfish right over when the sail caught the wind just right.  thankfully the water wasn’t deep enough for the boat to flip all the way over and “turtle”.

I hope you find some joy in my stupidity!

 

today’s tunes: Sail Away by Christine Donaldson

recently featured as GoPro’s Video of the Day, the entire video was shot using the amazing GoPro cameras.  the video was produced, mixed, edited by singer/song-writer Christine Donaldson.

sunfish sailing fail

I was looking through some of my GoPro video footage from some sailing this summer, and stumbled on this gem… I was sailing on Lake Erie, and had come in towards shore to hop out and adjust the angle of my GoPro Hero video camera that I have mounted out on the boom.  it was a bit windy, and right after I adjusted the GoPro, the wind caught the sail against my raised daggerboard, and completely flipped the Sunfish over into the water!

gopro gone wrong

sailing log 2013-07-28: Lake Erie

just a quick post: took the Sunfish out for a short sail this afternoon on Lake Erie – it was a blast!  strong winds from the south/south-west meant I could zip up and down along the beach, bouncing up and over waves when I was heading south, and surfing on the tops of waves when I turned around and headed back north.

here is a screenshot from my GoPro video camera:

lake erie gopro

will post more details later.

sailing & kayaking log: 2013-07-05 Round Lake

for the July 4th holiday this year, my wife and I joined several college friends at a lake cottage on Round Lake. this has become a little bit of a tradition, as I think this is now our 3rd year in a row meeting up there together.

Thursday afternoon we took the pontoon boat for a spin out on the lake and stopped to swim at the large sand bar.  we enjoyed some awesome food & drinks and fellowship, and then watched the beautiful sunset, followed by fireworks from all around the lake.

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I woke up Friday morning, and gathered up my things to take the Sunfish out for a spin on Round Lake.  the wind was pretty calm, but I thought I might as well give it a try… but it was pretty much a drifter the whole way.  at one point in a shallow area, I just got off the Sunfish, and walked a couple hundred yards through the shallow area, towing the Sunfish along behind me.  this is a screenshot from my GoPro video camera (that I ended up just turning off).

walking round lake

I saw (4) other Sunfish out on the water, and thought I might try to sail over to them to say hello – but I just couldn’t make any headway in that direction, and I think they realized it just wasn’t enough wind to be on the water, as they each made their way back to shore.  you can just barely see a couple of their little triangular sails off in the distance.

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after a short while, I gave up on sailing, and slowly started making my way back to the cottage.  a little bit of paddling was required to speed things along.  once I got back, I left my Sunfish more or less rigged and ready to go if the wind was to ever pick back up again, but it never really did.

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while I was trying to sail, I used my new Aquapac (Micro Whanganui) dry bag to keep my iPhone dry, and then turned on my Runkeeper app to use the GPS to track my sailing movements.  I guess in theory, it would be a pretty neat result, but since it was such light winds, I basically just drifted in a large circle (sailing route shown with blue lines on the map below).

later in the afternoon, two of my friends and I each took a kayak for a spin, and ended up paddling quite a long way around the lake. I used Google Maps to trace our approximate route (kayaking shown by red lines) – it ended up being about 3.75 miles of kayaking! not too bad for maybe my 1st ever serious kayaking.

round lake 2013-07-05

all told it was a great couple days spent on the water, enjoying time with old friends, and mixing in a bit of delicious cooking and cold frosty beverages.  the Sunfish sailing left a little to be desired, but sometimes the winds just don’t like to cooperate.


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