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  • October 6, 2012
  • 58 photos
Dagger Falls, I Freeze

I ride for an autumn night by myself near Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains but am kept from my intended destination by wildfire. I find myself camped instead near an old fishway and falls along the Middle Fork of the Salmon, gateway to wilderness and “river of no return.” I spend the evening exploring on foot and the morning trying to warm up.

  • August 11, 2012
  • 61 photos and a video
Hard Road to Boulder Basin

Jess and I narrowly avoid fire closures as we make our way north of Ketchum to spend the night high within historic Boulder Basin. The last five miles are quite challenging. They take longer than the first 200. It’s evening when finally we make it to the breathtaking basin.

  • October 8, 2011
  • 75 photos
Wintry Backroads to Lowman

Jessica and I ride over the Boise Ridge, visit the museum in Placerville then have lunch in Garden Valley before attempting to summit Scott Mountain. Snow stops us but the effort means it’s dark by the time we reach Sourdough Lodge where we spend the night.

  • April 10, 2011
  • 36 photos
Swan Falls but Once

A rare ride with Kayla to Initial Point then Swan Falls Dam and across the desolate Birds of Prey area to Grand View and much needed dinner at the Black Sands Resort along the C.J. Strike Reservoir. We only fall over once.

  • October 16, 2010
  • 61 photos
Sleeping on the Shore of Louie Lake

Ryan puts out a late season invitation for a night along the beautiful Louie Lake. About five of us answer the call to ride a couple hours north and climb the rocky trail to the lake’s edge where we sit around a fire and tell stories of old rides. After a wet and windy night we ride autumn-colored backroads by Yellow Pine to home.

  • August 5, 2010
  • 14 photos
Three National Forests Part 1:Boise

We would see our highest recorded temperature and altitude on the motorcycle during our three days around the Stanley area. When plans to be at the Stanley Stomp Rally didn’t pan out, I thought the Stanley area would still be a nice August destination.

  • June 19, 2010
  • 27 photos
Wallowa Valley Rally Part 3:Ryan Ride

Several rides were planned for Saturday depending on interest and riding style. Jessica and I had made no plans. Finding ourselves stumbling around with coffee cups early in the morning, we fell in with the “Steep and Rocky” crew who were trying to get an early start at a technical route. We were assured we’d probably be fine two-up. Perfect.

  • June 18, 2010
  • 24 photos
Wallowa Valley Rally Part 1:Getting There

Jessica and I talked a few months earlier about joining Pacific Northwest adventure riders in Enterprise, Oregon near Hells Canyon for the fourth annual weekend of riding and camaraderie organized by Sherry, ADVrider “Ladybug.” But somehow the plan didn’t make its way onto our ride calendar. When we realized it was the next week, we scrambled to arrange time off from work and babysitting for our two-year-old. We weren’t positive we’d be able to go until nearly the day of departure. Planning the adventure was itself an adventure!