Category Archives: mountains

church o’klunk – family style

Last Sunday, I took a bike ride with my mom, brother and sister-in-law along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.  Quite a lovely day, despite the grey sky. We biked from the Nick Loutis Park in Carnation to the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery in Snoqualmie.  The trail is an old railroad bed, which offers a nice easy climb up the valley.  Smiles all around.

Gearing up

Mt. Si along the Snoqualmie River

Enjoying the view of the Snoqualmie Valley from one of the old train trestles along the trail

Family Photo! Nick (my bro), me, and Larissa (my sis-in-law)

Nick and Mom - cruising

Meanwhile, Carrie went on a solo ride down in Oakland...


neighborhood hike

My mom and I took a nice walk on Saturday morning up to Twin Falls.  My parents house is just a couple miles from this trail head, and in high school I can remember going on training runs from my house, up this trail and back during soccer and lacrosse season.  This weekend, though, it was just a nice walk with my mom. I’ve become accustomed to urban parks and trails in and around Oakland, so its nice to be reminded of what a walk in the woods feels like.  Whether I live in the city or a small town, it’s become very clear to me that I need to have easy access to trails.  They keep me calm, balanced, and happy.  I’m lucky to have grown up in a place where I learned this from an early age.  Nothing about this hike is really strenuous, just a nice easy climb; I think about 2.5 miles round trip, but its just so rewarding to get outside.

Moss covered maple branches hanging over the trail. The average 90 inches of rain that falls here each year keeps these plants green and moist year round.

A lookout to twin falls about half way up the trail. The lower falls drop about 150 feet over a huge granite slab.

Douglas Fir stand along the trail.

The upper falls from the bridge.


Crystal(ized)

There’s nothing better than a day of skiing with your mom on the mountain that you learned to ski on….. I got to hang out with my parents, Chrissy and Elisa Eng on Saturday night and then wake up to 6 inches of new snow on Sunday.  Life is good.

Good morning Crystal Mountain! Riding up the gondola, ready for some fun.

Yes, friends who know me as a snowboarder, I skied, and I enjoyed it.

Two queens - my mom and the mountain behind her.

A quick view before we drop in for some turns.

My mom is so stylish.

A quick shot of me, as I take a minute to enjoy the view.

As my dad is demonstrating, skiing can help you to work up a healthy appetite.

Sorry there aren’t any more action shots, I was too busy having fun.


Bike Camping! Day 3

On Monday morning, February 20, I woke up early in the Hikers Hut. We had planned to ride 20 miles on our last day, starting with cruising the fire roads down the mountain and then climbing back up and over one last pass, rolling back to the Menlo Park Caltrain station to ride home. I was a little sore from the two days of riding behind us, but looking forward to another sunny day on the road. We took it slow that morning too, eating breakfast, drinking coffee and reminiscing about the epic game of jenga we had played the night before. Aside from one flat tire, the trip was a smooth as you could hope for.

George is all packed and ready to ride.

As am I.

Rolling down Towne Fire Road - zoom zoom

George and his newly named Shamrock Shake - George built this bike with the help of friends and the good peeps at Spokeland

Carrie taking a moment to gaze up at the monumental Redwoods.

Carrie - Klunking - 'nuff said

Carrie fixed this flat in about 10 minutes - whoever says that ladies can't fix things hasn't met my friends.

Tired, but happy as we BART home at the end of the ride. Until the next one.....