‘Tis the Season of Wild Critters

Arizona Trail Hike Saddle Mountain

Christmas will be here before we know it! My parents came to town the weekend before Thanksgiving, so we stayed put for Thanksgiving itself sharing the day with friends who didn’t have family nearby.

A few weeks earlier Evie, Lucy and I went for a hike on a section of the AZT. Lucy tree’d a whole posse of these critters called Coati or Coatimundi. Similar to a racoon, just a little bigger with a bushier tail. They are very rare in Arizona and are said to only travel as far north as Tucson. We were northeast of Phoenix!

The rarely seen Coati in Arizona on a hike near Sycamore Creek.

On another adventure this past weekend, we headed up towards the town of Young with some friends of ours to cut down a Christmas tree. We found a good one, along with some spectacular canyons and overlooks. Arizona, you’re pretty awesome!

Young Hwy
A super cool overlook we found on our trip up Young Hwy.
Canyon near Roosevelt Lake
Big Canyon near Roosevelt Lake.
Christmas Tree 2018
Our decorated Christmas tree.



Condo Remodel is Just About Finished

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We are just about finished with the condo remodel. I still need to paint the trim and do a few odds and ends, but the bulk of the work is done.

It’s nice to finally have our stuff back after a year and a half in storage. I’m pretty pleased with how things turned out (thanks to Evie for picking all the paint colors). It didn’t take too long given we started in mid August, but it was certainly a lot of long days and weekends.

Now we can finally relax a bit as we don’t have a ton on the fall schedule, other than the usual hikes with Lucy and exploring around Arizona.

Some pictures from the remodel below. enjoy!

We redid the bathroom vanity with chalk paint, new faucets, and added hardware. We took out the big mirror that was there and replaced it with two smaller mirrors, a wall mounted cabinet and new light fixture.
Bathroom Tile
The bathroom tile is 12 x 24 in a blueish gray, it looks nice with the gray walls.
Our furniture goes well with the flooring that we got from Costco.
The kitchen cabinets were a pretty big job, we repainted them with chalk paint, replaced the old hinges, and added the brushed nickel hardware. New appliances are on the way!
Family Tree
Our family tree photos that we had hanging up at our wedding.
Living Room
It pays to not have a ton of furniture, it all fits!

House Projects & Fall Festivities

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Since last posting a lot has happened…

August has been a whirlwind. Evie started teaching full time at Grand Canyon University, organizing the Masters of Public Administration program and teaching classes throughout the week. It’s a pretty great arrangement, the school is awesome, she really likes her colleagues and she’ll have the flexibility of summers off so we can escape the heat.

We got back to AZ in the middle of August from spending the summer in Colorado Springs again. Evie started up with a couple weeks of prep before students returned for the fall semester.

Also this summer, we bought a condo from my grandparents, the one in Scottsdale. I’m sure glad that process of paperwork is over. We are in the process of doing a small remodel. We painted the kitchen & bathroom cabinets, added some hardware, put up some new mirrors in the bathroom, swapped out some fixtures and then will be redoing the floors with the help of my friend Craig and some subs. Oh, and we also painted the entire interior (one room left to go!).

On Labor Day we took our annual trip to Spearfish, South Dakota for the Dakota Five-O. Another great year with great weather and good people. I got 7th with some great competition yet again. This past weekend I raced Fire on the Rim here in Arizona, just outside of Payson so it’s a little cooler and higher elevation. I won for the 2nd year in a row. It’s a great course with steep climbs and technical descents, a great way to cap off the season.

The summer and fall has also been filled with planning for the MBAA’s new Enduro series. A type of mountain bike racing that is made up of multiple timed descents with pedal transitions in between. Logistically it takes a lot, we held our first race at Sunrise Ski Resort the day after Fire on the Rim. I spent the week working on the trails up there with a great crew from Sunrise and planning for the weekend.

All in all things went great and the response from the nearly 200 riders who came out was fantastic. The next race is in Tucson next weekend and then the third and final race is in Prescott.

This weekend I’ll be doing the final painting and hanging some new blinds, next week we tear out the carpet and put down the vinyl wood flooring and tile in the bathroom, then we’ll finally be able to get our stuff out of storage. Looking forward to things slowing down a bit in late October 🙂

A few pictures from the variety of happenings these past two months. Cheers!

Relive my ride from the Dakota Five-O

The Black Hills of South Dakota
The Black Hills of South Dakota
Woods Canyon Lake
A stop at Woods Canyon Lake on the way to Fire on the Rim
Desert Tortise
Desert Tortise on the trail
The top of Sunrise
The view from the top of Sunrise Ski Resort for the Enduro race
Evie riding to 4th place at the Enduro and me with a win at FOTR
Evie riding to 4th place at the Enduro and me with a win at FOTR
The bathroom is just about done
The bathroom is just about done
The kitchen cabinets got a facelift and new hardware
The kitchen cabinets got a facelift and new hardware