DIY Ski/Snowboard Rack

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Two years ago, when Tyson and I lived in a house in Crested Butte, we decided to build a ski and snowboard rack.  We built a fairly simple one out of wood. We were so sick of leaning our skis up against the wall in an unorganized fashion and it…

Ski Season is Here!

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We got back from Puerto Rico and dove right into the ski season.  We flew in Monday at 10:30 pm and we were at Copper by Wednesday.  We’ve gotten in six days on the hill and hopefully will get another four this week.  In the evenings we are working on…

Onward to Culebra

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We have been in Puerto Rico for 10 days already which makes us realize, upon writing this, how quickly our trip is going! We are officially ASA (American Sailing Association) certified in three different areas: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Chartering. We completed the second day of class…

Sailing in the Caribbean

We’ve been in Puerto Rico for 4 days and I think we’ve both fallen in love with it. Right now as I type this we are moored off an island in the Caribbean just East of Puerto Rico. The sailing has been absolutely wonderful and I think at this point…

Puerto Rico!

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After about 15 hours of traveling, we made it to Puerto Rico.  It was cold and nearly snowing in Denver when we left so we were happy to hit 80-90 degree temperatures.  The trip over was easy and we didn’t have any problems.  It was pretty crazy for us to…

South Bend Clutch Installed!

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Got the new South Bend Clutch installed.  So far Tyson really likes it but it’s still in it’s break-in period.  Once we get a few thousand miles on it (which shouldn’t take long) we will post an in-depth review.  We’re excited to have South Bend with us on our adventures!

Family Time

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It’s been so great being in Indiana and spending time with family.  We are also decompressing a little bit from the summer, eating delicious home cooked meals, and preparing ourselves for a new trailer and trip to Puerto Rico.

The Convoy!

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We left Minnesota Saturday morning to make the trip to Indiana.  Our first stop was Stevens Point, Wisconsin where Tyson’s Grandma and Grandpa Losinski live. We got in around 7 o’clock pm and  spent the night visiting with Tyson’s Aunt Karen and Grandparents.  We left the next morning around 9…

It’s Official!

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We are finally going to Puerto Rico for a 10 day live aboard sailing course and dive certifications. We’ll be on the island for a total of 17 days so we will have a week to explore.  If you have been to Puerto Rico and experienced something amazing and worth…

Building a Camera Dolly

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Finally!  We built a camera dolly for extra amazing shots.  We found the guidance on Youtube, however we weren’t impressed and ended up changing a few aspects.  It’s a great way to get moving and smooth shots.  We will post some example videos.  And if you’re interested in building one…

A New Adventure-ready Machine!

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After finding a great deal on Craigslist, we finally got down to Northern Arkansas to pick up the KTM 640 Adventure that will be Cally’s mode of transportation for the fall season. Big shout out to Bob, who was the previous owner, for his help and for being awesome.  It’s…

EIRA has arrived!

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Tyson was super excited when his EIRA gear (out of Canada) arrived the other day.  The colors are bright and the product seems really tough and warm.  Can’t wait to get out in the snow and start doing some reviews for these guys! On top of cool products, EIRA has…

Weather station says…

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Our new weather station seemingly gives us little tips before heading outside.  It’s been windy here on and off for the past few days (at the moment it’s blowing at over 30mph).  Starting to get kind of chilly; the weather folk are suspecting lows in the 40′s in a couple…

Turtle River State Park

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We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon out at Turtle River State Park mountain biking.  Such a beautiful area and the weather was just perfect.  For North Dakota, these are some pretty fun trails.  We ended the ride with a nice picnic and then headed to Riverside Pool for some water and…

On Our Way Home

We’ve been driving 15 hours a day for the past 2 days and it doesn’t feel like we’ve traveled far at all (I think it’s because we haven’t). The spraying season is starting earlier this year with the warm temps so we had to cut the trip short a few…

Comp Day

Today was the freeride competition which took place up in Bro Bowl. We thought it would be fun to watch so we headed up that way for the day. We hung out with Jeff the camera guy for most of the day helping him spot riders.  It was an enjoyable…

Ski Day

We took the sleds up to Bro Bowl to try and find some good snow to ride.  The avy danger was up so we decided to stay off the steeps for the day.  There were a ton of people out, which also made things a little bit more challenging. But…

Town Day Down Day

The last couple of days have been really cloudy and snowy and socked in.  We took advantage of this to go into town and get some groceries, propane, showers, and hot tub time.  The showers felt so amazing as they were the first in 8 or so days.  We have…

Best Birthday

Tyson was able to pull off one of the best birthdays in birthday history.  I felt like the luckiest girl in the world from the minute I woke up to the minute I fell asleep. We woke up and had pancakes for breakfast, then went out on the sleds for…

Tonsina Glacier and Ice Caves

We took the sleds out for an adventure today with Walshy, Daniel, and Carl.  We headed north up towards the Tonsina Glacier and  the ice caves.  It was about 50 miles round trip so we got some good time in on the sleds.  We took our skis but didn’t ski…

More Sun!

Today was a beautiful day! We got after it this morning on our sleds and headed towards gully 3/nicks with the crew.  The clouds cleared and the sun shined so bright for the rest of the day.  We boot packed up a ridge and skied down the North face. We…

Alyeska

Cally and I went to Alyeska ski resort yesterday and had a great time. The snow was not amazing but the drive was beautiful. It’s about 30 miles east of Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm. It was low tide and there were house sized chunks of ice on the sand/mud….

Kick Cancer In The Balls

So as I expected Tailgate BC introduced Cally and I to many people and we quickly made friends. One of these friends is a guy by the name of Chris Robinson. He lives in Bend, Oregon and is not much different than me. Last year his girlfriend and him packed…

Featured on ESPN!

Check out this article, once again leaving us feeling quite famous.  Well, it’s nothing really… but kind of cool! I’m in the photo with the blue hat on, checking out some snow close up. http://espn.go.com/action/snowboarding/blog/_/post/7720493/tailgate-bc-wraps-revelstoke

Time to Stop for awhile

We’ve made it to Anchorage where we’ll stay for a day and then head to Thompson Pass. We’ll be on the pass for a couple weeks and the skiing looks amazing. It’s been an incredibly long journey and we still have to make it back. Most of the roads were…

4,422 miles later

We made it to Alaska! We are in Tok right now just grabbing some dinner before trying to drive another 100 miles. We will update with lots of pics and descriptions tomorrow. This is a heli-ski operation in Bell II along the Cassiar highway. It’s 150 miles from anything in…

Mt. Shames

We arrived in Terrace this morning at about 1:30 am. I parked at the ski resort and woke up to about 7 inches of fresh. They had highs in the upper 40′s the last couple days so there was a death crust under the fresh snow. We were going to…

Stuck in Burns Lake, BC

We woke up this morning (in Fraser Lake BC) and drove for about an hour.  We got to Burns Lake and I caught a glimpse of a highway sign that declared highway 16 closed.  I immediately checked the driveBC website (very helpful website) and sure enough the highway was closed…

Hwy 93

The photos do not even come close to how beautiful this drive was to the naked eye. Amazing sights in every direction.  I didn’t fall asleep once! And that is saying something. More photos to come later.

Lake Louise

We made it over to Lake Louise tonight which was only about 60 miles from Golden, BC. We are in the Banff National Park and it is amazing. Everyone in Lake Louise (all 500 people) are extremely nice including the sheriff who told us we could stay in the parking…

Faxes, Water, and Pizza

I had to fax some things back to the states today and the lady at the office store was nice enough to let us take 10 gallons of water with us. Like everything up here in Canada, water is more expensive. I paid $1.80 to fill a 5 gallon jug…

Just Another Powder Day

Tonight we are sitting in the corner of a pub as we write all this down. We’re only 16 days into this trip and so far it has been epic. We haven’t really seen in the sun in about a week but that means it’s snowing. We rode Kicking Horse…

The Ski Bum Lifestyle

I’m typing this from an IPhone in the Kicking Horse parking lot. We are currently in Golden, BC which is about 100 miles east of Revelstoke. Revelstoke was such a great time. We developed a good routine where we’d ski for the day and then make our way into town…

Starstruck

We were lucky enough to have a casual and friendly conversation with Dan Treadway, pro skier and snowmobiler who gave us his contact info so that he could hook us up with some avy forecasters throughout our journey. Cally was extremely starstruck by the friendly hello she shared with Aron…

Revelstoke Photos

Base Camp at night with the fire and man games. Sledding day two, very rainy and foggy. By the end of the day we were revel-soaked. Ha! Sleds on the groomed trail on Boulder Mountain. Bridge at the bottom of the trail at Boulder Mountain.  Foggy and beautiful. Revelstoke towards…

Snowmobiles and Avalanches

We had a great day today which started with an avalanche class from the Canadian Avalanche Center. Soulriders is an organization that puts on avy classes throughout BC. There were 7 of us and 2 instructors. We took snowmobiles about 10 miles up a place called Boulder Mountain where we…

Revelstoke

We have arrived! It was a long journey (the roads from Golden to Revelstoke were horrible with lots of potholes and frost heaves) but we have made it. We checked in with the vendors at 2 pm and parked the rig. Here are some pictures of the venue, Tailgate BC…

Canadian Border

We made it to the border around 9 pm. We were nervous about trying to get in just because we thought they’d look at us and say we were trouble. But I had all the paperwork for the shot gun and all the documents in place. We had to pay…

Kalispell, MT

  We made it into Kalispell around noon on Wednesday and spent WAY too much time here (about 7 hours). We first went to Home Depot so I could try to rig some device to keep the camper from shifting in the bed. I figured the roads are only going…

From Jackson to Montana

We had an amazing time in Jackson and we were lucky enough to get the chance to stay with Brooke and Jacob G. and of course little Stella.  They were great hosts, and have a beautiful home.  We skied Jackson early yesterday morning, but the conditions weren’t amazing so we…

Fun in Jackson

We made it into Jackson last night around midnight and had a great time skiing at the Village today. It was a beautiful day in the high 30′s. We’re going to ski again at Jackson Hole tomorrow and then head for Revelstoke, BC tomorrow night. It looks like it’ll be…

Onward

Well we’re getting ready to hit the road again for Jackson. I’m hoping to be there by 11pm and be skiing tomorrow. Our friends here in Steamboat were such great hosts and a blast to ski with. Hopefully we’ll see them again in April.  

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We had such a great time today we decided to stay until tomorrow afternoon. Anthony and Ray are great hosts and we had such a fun time skiing with them we just had to do it again tomorrow. We did go to Strawberry Hot Springs tonight and had a relaxing…

Off To Steamboat Springs

We’re headed for Steamboat. I hope to be there by 10 pm but the roads may be dicey. We unloaded some things at Cally’s moms house and rearranged the trailer (hard to tell). Hopefully as the trip goes on things will find a home. Let’s hope for clear roads but …

On the Road (Kinda)

Well we left the house last night at 2 am. It was an endless process trying to move out of a house and pack for Alaska at the same time. We are now at Cally’s moms house in Buena Vista. We are going to rearrange the truck and trailer a…

It’s a Blizzard

Well I guess the snow gods don’t want us to leave. It has been snowing with a 30 mph wind for the last 9 hours. We were trying to get the trailer packed to move out of the house but gave up. We packed more things inside and will have…

It’s Snowing

Well woke up this morning to a few inches on the ground and a 20 mph wind. I’m taking the truck to Gunnison to have new U-joints put in along with a brake fluid flush and radiator flush. Laying in the mud the last 2 days has taken a toll…

Camper Wiring Is In

Spent the day under the truck wiring in the camper plug. I had a test light and figured out which wires were the right turn, left turn, clearance, and reverse. I tapped into those and ran them to the bed of the truck. I then added a solenoid under the…

Wiring

Today was pretty productive. I got 2 of the offroad lights wired and the light bar was painted. The lights are tied into my high beams with a 3-way switch. I can either have them on and no other lights on, completely off no matter what position my driving lights…

Shopping Trip

We had a chance to get to Costco yesterday and stocked up on a few of the essential items like a 5 pound bag of peanut M&M’s, 50 fruit roll ups, 5 pounds of taco seasoning, 48 pop tarts, 80 fruit snacks, and 40 cup of noodles. We should be…

Here’s a shot of the outside. It has a full wall slide so the booth dinette and refrigerator slide out about 2 feet. It adds quite a lot of space to the interior. 

New Shoes

I was long overdue for some new rubber on the pickup so I ordered some tires online a couple weeks ago and had them mounted yesterday. I think it’ll finally get up the driveway. It sure is expensive buying 7 tires and having them mounted, especially when you live in…

Avalanche Class

On Valentine’s day we took an avalanche class with avalanche expert Knox Williams. We toured around at the top of Monarch pass, learned a lot, and skied some nice snow.  It was a great day, and Knox is a very knowledgeable guy!

Hello!

We are driving from Crested Butte, CO to Valdez, AK… Skiing in every crevice and corner along the way, our final destination is TailGate Alaska on Thompson Pass outside of Valdez.  We are leaving March 1st and plan to be back towards the end of April.  Not only will this…