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Snow in May

| May 2, 2010 8:48 pm

As the month of April was coming to an end, ironically it started to turn cold in Utah.  On Tuesday we had a nice 55 mile ride up Hobble Creek, but after that it has been cold going.  On Wednesday it was so cool and wet Anne decided to skip biking or even running.  I was thinking to do the same, until the late afternoon when I check the computer and it said the temperature in Orem was 45.  Anne said she was going to do some errands.  Since there was a stiff headwind coming down the canyon, I asked her to take me to the trail head in the car first.  I ran up the trail for 3 miles, then back home for a total of an 8 mile run.  As I was running up the trail it started to snow and the snow flurries increased as I was coming back down.  With the strong cold headwind coming back down the trail, I was feeling rather cold until on my iPod it started to play “Merry Christmas”.  It kind of got me in the mood, until the next song “Summer in the City” spoiled that.

On Thursday Anne went to Woman’s Conference at BYU.  I had intended to bike that day but it was just too cold.  Anne finished at 3 pm and the rain and snow flurries had stopped so we headed out for a nice 6 mile run.  We wore our rain jackets but running up the trail was a bit warm with those jackets, but I kept mine on anyway since I was feeling cool, while Anne took her jacket off since she had a long sleeved running shirt underneath.

On Friday we woke up to snow.  I don’t ever recall it snowing one month before May.

It seemed odd to see snow covering tulips in full bloom.

Anne headed off for the 2nd day of Woman’s conference.  It was only around 40 degrees outside by early afternoon, but I was anxious to get back on the bike.  I had brought some new booties, which I had bought last fall but never wore all winter.  I put them on and all the other clothes I could and went for a ride up the canyon.  I decided to push hard up the Alpine Road, to Sundance, and set a new PR for that section.

I was warm enough making the climb but coming back down was a chilling deal.

On Saturday morning our hopes of getting out for a bike ride didn’t materialize when we some some more snow.  An unusual way to welcome the month of May.  Anne’s computer battery was swelling (so I had removed it).  It seemed like a good day to take it to the Apple store in Salt Lake.  Even though the computer was out of warranty, they replaced the battery free of charge.  Nice to own a Mac.

On the drive back  home it was now clearing.   I suggested we might be able to get in a bike ride, but it was still cold and windy.  Anne opted for using the bike training so I set her bike up downstairs where she could watch a movie.  I don’t really like the bike trainer so I decided to brave the cold and headed up the canyon.  I again made the climb up the Alpine Loop, but decided to go all the way to Aspen Grove.  Again the climb was warm enough.  Just past Aspen Grove the road was closed and I saw some snowmobilers.  First time I had ever biked up to where that was happening.

Initially the descent was not too bad but after I went past Sundance, the road was wet and in the shade.  The temperature was dropping and I was starting to get snow flurries blowing in my face.  It was way too cold to enjoy.  I finally made it down to Vivian Park and was so cold I decided to climb up South Fork to warm up.  I finally was warming up again by the time I reached the end.  But then I had to head back down.  I was glad to get this ride, but it was much colder than I would prefer.  I was glad to finally get home.  Anne had just finished using the bike trainer, for over 2 hours, amazing.

The Family that C’s Together (Cycling and Computers)

| April 23, 2010 7:03 am

We have only been in our Utah home for a short while, but have already been having a great time.  When we first arrived the weather was warm and the trees in our yard were in blossom.  So far we have been able to bike and/or run each of the four days. On Monday we decided to head up the Alpine Loop to see how far we could go.  The road was closed just past Aspen Grove.

One Tuesday we decided to join the Utah Velo club ride at 5 pm.  In the morning I headed out to see if I could make it up Squaw Peak.  The road was closed to traffic.

After passing the gate, the road was clear and dry, except for a few patches of snow.  One section had enough snow i had to walk 20 feet through it.

From there to the summit it was clear sailing.

On Wednesday the weather started to change.  We headed out for a ride but turned around and headed home, when it started to rain.  After a couple of hours of waiting, it cleared enough so we tried again and got in a 25 mile ride.  Soon after returning home, the rain really came down.

On Thursday we woke to a surprise, snow falling!  What a change from two days earlier.

But the snow melted quick enough and later in the  morning we went for a 5 mile run up the Provo Canyon trail.  It didn’t seem so cold so we decided to also bike up the canyon.  Going up South Fork seemed warm enough.

But when we came down, we were going into a chilly headwind.  It seemed like a long ride back down the canyon.   We stopped at Subway to have lunch with Greg.

We both have MacBook computers so we can use the same computer in either of our homes.   In Orem that usually meant using them up in the kitchen.  When we first bought this home we brought up a table I had used over 25 years ago for my first computer.   I put it in the family room downstairs where I setup my computer. Anne wanted to join me so I cleared a spot for her, but it was too crowded.  We had seen these computer desks at Costco but they were out of stock.  So we drove up to the Murray Costco and bought two of them, for only $99 each.  They fit perfectly along the back wall and we now each have our own space, but get to computer together.  Kind of like being on the tandem.

Now it is Friday morning and it is raining. Which explains why I am writing this blog entry!

Tree Hugger

| August 7, 2009 9:29 am
Tree Hugger

Our Utah home is what is called a PUD, Planned Unit Development, where most of the grounds are part of the home owners association property.  It works great for a second home because we only need to worry about 5 feet from the building and therefore don’t need to concern ourself with keeping the grass mowed or the snow removed.

On the common property there was a big poplar tree.  It was not planted by the Home Owners Association, but likely by a prior owner who should have know better than planting a tree so close to the house and patio, especially one that grows to 300 feet tall.  Last year I did a lot of trimming of some of the lower branches, which were dropping down over our deck.  I think the tree reacted to such pruning by growing even faster, just to teach me a lesson.  When the wind blew, we would start to lose our digital TV reception since an antenna.  But I knew in end I would be able to win the battle.

We finally decided to have the tree removed and obtained 3 quotes because I knew that was much too big of a job for me to tackle myself.  On was a much better price so we hired them.  It was much cheaper than we expected, based on having a much smaller tree removed years ago in a California house.   We are glad to have that tree gone befor it’s extensive surface roots started to raise up the concrete on our patio, or worse, start to do damage to our foundation.