Saturday, March 6, 2010

The McKenzie in February

Oregon is having one of the mildest winters on record.  There has been very little snow in the mountains, while it has been raining, it has been warm.  As such the mountain biking has been great.  For example, two weeks ago I road the top half of the McKenzie Trail from Trailbridge to the falls as an up and back.  I left Corvallis at 5:30 a.m. and was riding before 7:30.  Clear blue sky, about 34 degrees and no snow anywhere.  The trail was in perfect shape.  I got back to the car about 9:45a.m. not really tired because it was so much fun.  Now there are places that claim you can ride year round, but do you really go riding when it's 110 degrees, at least in Willamette Valley that statement is true.  Year round, any time of day or night.  Here are a few shots of a perfect February morning.

At the Falls

At the "Blue Pool"

Now there was some snow.  After the ride I went up to Hoodo with the kids from Church and road the Autobahn tube park they have.  It was a blast and a great family activity.  I think the ticket was $12 and you can walk or they have a rope tow to take you to the top each time.

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