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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:37 am 
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norton55 wrote:
Isn't that why we ride. 8-)


It really is but things like strava have blinded some riders. Bettering their prior times is the focus. They don't look at what is around them, they look at the strava screen when they finish a segment. I am literally shocked at how unknowledgeable the average rider is about nature. Mountain biking places you right in the middle of nature, does it not? I must seem like a science teacher to some of my fellow riders when we ride together because I commonly blurt out nature facts when I see something to comment on. :lol:

I do use Garmin Connect to keep track of the riding stats that I am interested in (which I share here) but I don't compare that stuff to other rider's stats. I'm not in it for the competition.


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I measure my miles with smiles.......... 8-)

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norton55 wrote:
I measure my miles with smiles.......... 8-)


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I’m like you Hawg that way. A nature fanatic, one reason I can’t wear a GoPro helmet cam. I have to have it mounted on the bars or chest otherwise the footage would be all over the place from me swinging my head from one side of the trail to the other always alert looking for critters. It paid off last week when I spotted a mink in a pond. I stopped and watched as she ran from the pond to some brush then back to the pond. A few minutes later I see her again come out of the pond and headed in the same direction. She had a Salamander in her mouth. A few minutes later off to the pond again. It dawned on me that she must have a den in that brush with kits. When she was in the pond I made my way down the embankment and spotted a hole. May be a den, so I stood outside for five minutes, sure enough a baby Mink popped out and was looking around. I was only 7-10’ max away. I stood there taking photos when all of a sudden the mother was back but entered another hole about 30’ away and out of sight. I left them be. On my ride yesterday I went back there again and saw the mother again going in and out of the pond and once again she had what appeared to be a Salamander in her mouth. This time it dawned on me that she was pulling Newts from the pond and not Salamanders. Newts live in the water and Salamanders in leaves and rocky moist conditions. Pretty amazing experience and find though. Rare creatures and even rarer to happen upon a den like that.

Baby kit looking out of the den and the mother running back and forth from the pond.

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Stravassholes on the canal path all the time. They don’t slow for anything. Walkers are enjoying themselves. Need to give them time to understand what’s going on. Can’t race up on or around them. Slow the Fock down


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
I’m like you Hawg that way. A nature fanatic, one reason I can’t wear a GoPro helmet cam. I have to have it mounted on the bars or chest otherwise the footage would be all over the place from me swinging my head from one side of the trail to the other always alert looking for critters. It paid off last week when I spotted a mink in a pond. I stopped and watched as she ran from the pond to some brush then back to the pond. A few minutes later I see her again come out of the pond and headed in the same direction. She had a Salamander in her mouth. A few minutes later off to the pond again. It dawned on me that she must have a den in that brush with kits. When she was in the pond I made my way down the embankment and spotted a hole. May be a den, so I stood outside for five minutes, sure enough a baby Mink popped out and was looking around. I was only 7-10’ max away. I stood there taking photos when all of a sudden the mother was back but entered another hole about 30’ away and out of sight. I left them be. On my ride yesterday I went back there again and saw the mother again going in and out of the pond and once again she had what appeared to be a Salamander in her mouth. This time it dawned on me that she was pulling Newts from the pond and not Salamanders. Newts live in the water and Salamanders in leaves and rocky moist conditions. Pretty amazing experience and find though. Rare creatures and even rarer to happen upon a den like that.

Baby kit looking out of the den and the mother running back and forth from the pond.

Blurry photos because I had to shrink them by 77% to get them to post. :(


More than anything, I am concerned about the salamander population in that pond. Because... Salamander Lives Matter... :D


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What about the "Newts"......... :naughty:

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norton55 wrote:
What about the "Newts"......... :naughty:


I think Mr. H. may have been practicing his skim reading on that one.


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
norton55 wrote:
What about the "Newts"......... :naughty:


I think Mr. H. may have been practicing his skim reading on that one.


I only proof read long posts. It is said that you can get the general idea of what a paragraph is about through the first sentence. Call it skimming if you'd like. :lol:

Anyway, do you think that the salamander population in that pond is doomed? :lol:

EDIT: Oops, I meant newt population.

EDIT #2: Nahhh, I'm sticking with salamander. It has a better ring to it. :D


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Hawgzilla wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
norton55 wrote:
What about the "Newts"......... :naughty:


I think Mr. H. may have been practicing his skim reading on that one.


I only proof read long posts. It is said that you can get the general idea of what a paragraph is about through the first sentence. Call it skimming if you'd like. :lol:

Anyway, do you think that the salamander population in that pond is doomed? :lol:

EDIT: Oops, I meant newt population.

EDIT #2: Nahhh, I'm sticking with salamander. It has a better ring to it. :D


Well if they get sick of eating Newts from the pond they’ve got a mountain lake 100’ away in one direction and a mountain stream 50’ away in the other direction, both of which have a healthy population of trout of several different species and various other fish species plus crawdads, frogs and such. Quite the perfect location she picked for that den which is surrounded by prime hunting grounds. No Newts tonight kids.


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So I guess it's "Frog Friday"....... :D

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norton55 wrote:
What about the "Newts"......... :naughty:



Salamander lives matters!

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Mom, these Newts taste like chicken.


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Took the FEX on a quickie this morning before work. I realized almost immediately how much I missed her.


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Maybe you're polyamorous after all?

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Magura wrote:
Maybe you're polyamorous after all?

Magura :)


Not hardly.

The FEX was grumbling when I abandoned her and now the Paradox is doing the same.


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Hawg, from now on just take one chip and end it.



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I had a great day. It went up to 98° here today. I got up early and hit my local Bobcat Ridge and put in 8 miles before it got too hot, still riding in 84° at 10am. I then loaded up and headed up to Estes Park which is a 30 minute drive with temps being 18° cooler up at 7,500FT. On the way up the canyon I stopped and took a swim in the river. Nice high country snow run off cold water felt awesome. Arrived in Estes and did an easy ride around the lake for about 6 miles. Loaded up late in the day and drove back down the canyon. I was passing by the Devils Backbone trailhead so I stopped in and put in another 4 miles before dark, It was still 90° down here at 7PM.


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That was quite a day!
What are those yellow flowers in the background?


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Magura wrote:
That was quite a day!
What are those yellow flowers in the background?


Magura :)



I think they are Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyes Susan is another name. Problem is this description states them as growing up to 3’ high. If they are 3’ high my bike must be one foot tall to scale.

https://coloradowildflower.com/wildflow ... yed-susan/


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Thanks DJ.
Live and learn. I asked cause I had a hunch it was in the family of sunflowers, and therefore didn't find it, but it turns out to be a completely different family.
I'd say you encountered the dwarf version.

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Magura wrote:
Thanks DJ.
Live and learn. I asked cause I had a hunch it was in the family of sunflowers, and therefore didn't find it, but it turns out to be a completely different family.
I'd say you encountered the dwarf version.

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Lots of them in that valley.


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Too big for Susan. Must be something else. Susan and daises used to be common here but getting real scarce


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Nice double ride DJ.

I should not have ridden this morning. I had no idea what was outside waiting for me but I set on riding so I went anyway. Smoke, that's what was out there and lots of it. Enough so that it was raining ash in some places. I planned to meet a bud this morning early before the heat hit. We strolled through Cherry. The smoke got worse as we pedaled on. I was surprised by how many folks were out and being active in it. YUCK. We had a fun ride. Saw several snake tracks, several Cottontails, and a majestic adult male coyote.

A bit over 11 miles
And the usual gain to go with it


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You seem to go all kinds of scenic places.

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Magura wrote:
You seem to go all kinds of scenic places.

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This is a similar shot of what the view usually looks like. :(


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A huge fire north of me. Too Smokey and hot today to ride. This is Cameron Pass burning. A very scenic huge area of the mountains north of Fort Collins bordering Wyoming. I took these shots today from Estes Park about 20 miles from the fire.


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Good job on another ride Hawg. You shouldn’t ride in Smokey conditions young man. :o


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Good job on another ride Hawg. You shouldn’t ride in Smokey conditions young man. :o


You only live once and you only die once, so why not ride. That's how I see it.

Any way, the smoke has cleared out by over 50%, so I'm going riding tomorrow! :D


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Hawgzilla wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Good job on another ride Hawg. You shouldn’t ride in Smokey conditions young man. :o


You only live once and you only die once, so why not ride. That's how I see it.


Ride to live and live to die, or something like that.


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