Monday, July 30, 2012

Rock Lobster

View on the ride up to Palmer
The intensity of UV increases with altitude – there’s less atmosphere to absorb sunrays. Unfortunately, I was too excited about riding at Mt. Hood last week (JULY SNOW!!!) and totally ignored skincare, which resulted in a burn. Yup, total rock lobster, but a happy one. After some great meetings with colleagues at our Albany lab and Oregon State earlier during the week, I took a day of leave to ride Mt. Hood. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Inspiration n'at

This is the most difficult time of the year. The air is hot and humid and thick and hot; research plans for next year are being written and reviewed; and keeping inspired to train for the snow when it seems both so close and far away becomes challenging with the lure of summertime pool time. One thing about inspiration -- it shows up when you least expect it, which also is when you need it the most. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

It's Volcanic: Mt. Hood April 2012

I traveled to Oregon at the end of April to discuss some research with new colleagues, and spent my Saturday before leaving riding at Mt. Hood with some fellow geochemists. I’d traveled to Timberline once before (back during 2010) but this past April was a much more incredible experience.

View from top of Palmer lift

Eating snow