Adventures in being outside and eating well.

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Published on October 21, 2014, by in NEUTRAL.

Over a year ago, I started my own business.   PACE Outreach is a woman-owned small business based in Boulder, CO. We design, facilitate, and implement communication strategies that allow organizations to inform and engage with targeted and broad stakeholder audiences, in order to achieve specific policy, involvement, and awareness goals. Check it out at www.paceoutreach.com!

 
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Published on October 25, 2013, by in NEUTRAL.

Did you know that your vote in the November 5th City Council elections could determine your access to cycling routes and Open Space, a Flagstaff finish for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, safer streets, and more cycling events in Boulder?  A vote for Andrew Shoemaker is a vote for cyclists. Do you want another Flagstaff finish for the USA Pro Challenge?  If Yes, vote for Andrew.  Surprisingly, a vocal minority of citizens and some of the candidates they support continue to oppose the same Flagstaff finish that was carried out successfully in 2012 – an event that brought globally-televised coverage to Boulder and its brand. With your support of Andrew, cyclists will have a voice and send a message that the citizens want another Flagstaff finish in 2015. More information about the positions candidates have taken on this issue can be found here. Select a candidate on the menu, and select the topic of “Recreation” Do

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Until the snow today, the temperatures in Boulder have been in the 50′s and 60′s, which is welcome but unusual for January. We had mountain biking on our mind and decided to drive the two hours down to Pueblo to ride the 50+ miles of singletrack around Lake Pueblo. Lake Pueblo is a Colorado State Park, managed for recreation. The Southern Colorado Trail Builders have built the network of trails, divided between North Shore and South Shore trails. We decided to ride South Shore trails this time around, and after 30 miles of riding, we felt that there was so much more to ride, even on the South Shore. Check out the maps and mileage here. Our route was as follows: – Park at South Marina – Ride South Shore trail to Inner Limits South, then Outer Limits to Voodoo Loop. If you check out the map, you’ll see that

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We had a week-long break at the end of March, so we decided to drive from Brevard, NC (our last visit before our break) to Savannah, GA, and work our way up the coast, ending up around Havelock, NC (our next visit). We searched for singletrack in Savannah and found it at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, rife with alligators, wild hogs, birds and armadillos (and plenty more, I’m sure). It was mostly doubletrack among the swamp, but very fun. We got to see lots of wildlife that most people never get to see, which leads me to believe that not too many people make it out to the refuge, a bummer. Then we headed up the coast and hiked along the way at the Sandpiper Trail (south or Myrtle Beach, just drive through that town, don’t stop), and after that (and a quick overnight in Wilmington, NC, super cute

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Two weeks ago we found a kitten on our family farm in Illinois. Thinking it was a boy, we promptly named it Clyde. When we found him, he was emaciated, had cuts on his face, had a cold, had dirty ears and fleas, missed his mama, had a limp, and was generally a wreck. But we’ve (by we, I mean mostly Steve’s mom, since we’re working and are only at the farm a few days this month) been nursing him back to health. We confirmed last week that he’s a boy, about 8-12 weeks old, and aside from the fleas and the cold, is in for a happy life! We’re currently on a mission to get my mom in Colorado to adopt him. Here are some gratuitous kitten shots.

 
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We’ve worked in 13 states and ridden in 20 so far this year, adding Minnesota to this list this past weekend. You can imagine that we see every imaginable landscape through our travels and we happen to find natural beauty and value in all of them – even across I-70 through Kansas, or in the swampy bogs of Louisiana. We didn’t have to try hard to find natural splendor in Grand Marais. Talk about scenery: grandiose vistas over sea-like Lake Superior, paper birches and pines that frame every panorama, glacial water bodies begging for a quick dip of your gams, giant ferns and their tightly clenched fronds littering Technicolor-green meadows, and water that meanders through it all. A place where you’d expect singletrack trails, naturally. But the main recreation opportunities in this northeast section of Minnesota involve water: canoeing the Boundary Waters, sailing Lake Superior, kayaking the waterways that feed

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Advocacy isn’t for everyone. However, in times of need, advocacy can mean as little as showing up to support a mass of people that all want the same thing. Please take two hours out of your day tomorrow to show up as a biker who supports the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance’s proposal to provide reasonable and responsible access for bikes on the City of Boulder’s trails, and reverse this ban. This is the most important meeting you could go to on this issue. On January 23, 1983, mountain bikes were banned in Boulder. Tomorrow, after years of meetings, deliberations, collaborative processes and both positive and negative decisions, is the very last public input meeting in front of the Boulder City Council to basically reverse this ban. The more mountain bike access supporters who show up at this meeting, the more effective we will be in expressing our desire for equal recreation

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Published on March 14, 2011, by in IMBA TCC.

When: February 17 – 20 Where: Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, Georgia Who: Yargo Area Biking Association (YABA), Georgia State Parks What: Designed and built a reroute of a 700-foot fall-line section of trail that was becoming significantly rutted, through a pine forest with typical Georgia red clay. The new section maintains the climb but along a longer, 1000-foot section. Color Commentary: Our IMBA blog post for that weekend tells the story of the Gordon brothers, without whom the trails there would not exist. I loved riding there, since my favorite kind of riding is a 10-15 mile loop in different kinds of ecosystems, that takes advantages of views, access to water, and topography. For the building, we were joined by a group of 20 people sentenced to community service, which was interesting, to say the very least.

 
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My brother-in-law, Scott, competed in the Freeskiing World Tour in Snowbird this past week. He didn’t make the finals, but made the highlight reel! Which is just as important. Check out his jump (the first featured one) at minute 1:52 (wearing the blue and yellow). Pretty awesome! Day One Qualifier Highlights: Snowbird 2011 from Subaru Freeskiing World Tour on Vimeo.