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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.

 

july 2014 sunfish midwest schedule

I was a bit distracted over the July 4th weekend, so apologize that I am late posting this. there are (5) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of July.

Saturday, July 5th – Carpenter Lake Regatta (Open)

this is already past (sorry!)

Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th – Sam Meyers Memorial Regatta (Open)

this is another 2-day regatta, hosted by the Pymatuning Sailing Club at the Pymatuning State Park in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to honor the late Sam Meyers.  this is technically a race in the Mid-Atlantic Region event, but is close enough to the Midwest if you’re willing to travel that far.  it is a multi-class event, with Sunfish, Laser, Force 5, Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 sailboats racing (if enough pre-register). rustic camping is available.  the Notice of Race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).

Sam Meyers Regatta

Sunday, July 13th – Camptown Races (Open)

the Hueston Sailing Association (map to lake here) is hosting these races:

Racing 1:30pm to 4:00pm – no fees, no trophies, just fun!

Saturday, July 19th – PBC Invitational Regatta (Open)

this race will be held on the Maumee River, and will be hosted by the Perrysburg Boat Club.

Sunday, July 27th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)

this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio and is hosted by the Kiser Lake Sailing Club.  the lake is popular for sailing as motorboats are not allowed on the lake.  per the Midwest schedule notes:

2:00pm Start. Open to all, no fees.  There are trophies, relaxed atmosphere, short courses, numerous starts, FUN!

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!

 

sunfish sailing on Lake Huron [video]

I found this short video showing a sailor out on Lake Huron sailing his Sunfish.  looks like fun!

3rd Annual Sunfish Michigan Open Championship

in just a little over 1 week, on June 7th & 8th, 2014 – the Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet #704 will be hosting the 3rd Annual Sunfish Michigan Open Championship on Gull Lake near Richland, Michigan.

here is some additional information from the email I got about the event:

Gull Lake Sunfish Fleet #704 invites you to the Third Annual Michigan Open Championship to be held on Gull Lake, Richland, Michigan, June 7-8, 2014.  See our flyer below and Notice of Race on the internet for complete details. 

Note there is a discounted entry fee for Youth sailors!  Note also there is a discounted entry fee for early registration. 

We’re planning a nice dinner at Gull Lake Country Club for the Saturday evening (and if you golf, we’ve arranged that you can play on Friday, see NOR!).  Gull Lake is on National Geographic’s list of 10 best inland lakes on the continent—come sail here and find out why! 

gull lake

for more information, you can visit the Facebook page for the event.

and the notice of race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).

signs of spring

we spent Easter weekend up at my parent’s house this year, and the weather was absolutely beautiful the whole weekend.  flowers were starting to poke up from the cold ground and even some were starting to bloom.

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everywhere you looked, there was signs of new life.  there was a fresh batch of baby kittens (strangely enough the mother cat had chosen to have your young kittens in the chicken coop!)

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speaking of chickens, my cousin dropped off a few new baby chickens for my parents (they were down to only 3 laying hens).

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all around their property, the boys found places to explore – the waterfall ponds, the big pond, the swamps, and the woods – looking for any little creature they could find… and more importantly, catch!

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frogs, tadpoles, snakes, turtles… all were at risk of being snatched up with dirty fingers or a dipping net – and spending the rest of the weekend in one of several critter buckets.

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I took several of the boys out for [multiple] rides on the pond in the canoe – they were able to catch several painted turtles that had been basking in the warm sun.

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walking in the grass near the pond edge, I even found a baby snapping turtle – I assume making his way down to the pond, only recently hatched from an egg.

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the boys weren’t the only ones that wanted to ride in the canoe – Arwen did a great job with me, especially for her first time out on the water!

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I did spend a large portion of Saturday working in my dad’s workshop – I had brought along all the cedar boards for building my cupola that will go on top of the barn.  I made significant progress – it is partially assembled, with the final assembly to take place up on the barn roof (I need it to be light enough to hand carry up the roof!).

IMG_3371as usual, there was a plethora of delicious food over the course of the weekend. I helped my dad dig up a huge bucket of parsnips – left in the ground over the winter. look at that monster!

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and for one meal, my dad made pastrami (from a Jewish deli cookbook I bought him) – it was delicious!

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all told, an excellent weekend of family, food, fellowship & fun!


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