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Monday, September 20, 2010

Glacial Lake

My coworker, Jamie, surprised us with a b-day gift for me and the family.   A helicopter ride! I have done a lot of things around here but never in a helicopter.  It was surreal.  I just couldn't believe how accessible, how easy it was to fly somewhere.  Glacial Lake is someplace I've always wanted to camp at but it's a challenging hike... we were there in  a few minutes! It was so warm and pretty.  If you live in Nome you NEED to take a Bering Air chopper ride it is an AWESOME experience.  Thank you Ben and Jamie!!!

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Bering Air Helicopter Ride!

Ben walking us out to the helicopter
Nome Harbor

Helicopters are awesome

Hahnah loving the ride
Hahnah napping, our pilot was that good!

September Blast

A fall feeling weekend with some nice weather.  Yesterday, was an awesome triathlon, September Blast Tri, put on by the Nome High School swim team as a fund raiser.  It was a really fun tri with a 6 mile run part of it a trail run on the tundra. The gusting 30 mph wind played a interesting part in the bike.  My new bike computer said I went 7 mph against the wind up a hill as my slowest to 41 mph my fastest with the wind on a downhill, which is probably the fastest ever on that bike.... and felt really sketchy on my mnt bike.  I completed it with a 14 min 1000 meter swim, 42 min 6 mile run and 25 min 6.7 mile bike.  Highly recommend this tri next year, more people should really join this event next year not only for the fun course but to support the swim team.  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Coastal flying

Not a very exciting clip, really,(and horrible editing job) but as I was flying back from Koyuk this week we flew next to one of my favorite sections of coastline in the world.  This always beautiful, yet potentially treacherous, 20 miles of cliffs in the Bering Sea is one of my frequently (obsessed) sought kayaking excursions.

Topkok cliffs, Bluff Flying from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mellow days

I finally broke down and got a bike computer.  It's a pretty standard issue item especially for training or racing but  I was on the fence about owning one. Now I am glad to have it.  The problem with it, of course, is that you get addicted to looking at exactly how you are performing every minute of every second.  MY problem with it stems back from when I was doing more long distance kayaking.  I would stare at the GPS screen and become obsessed with distance and MPH and if I wasn't making my cutoff I would be peeved and amp up my wattage. This usually had a counter productive effect. Obviously, on multi day distances the environment typically dictates your goals no matter how bad you want to make your own goal. So far I haven't become too obsessed and just enjoy a decent ride.  It's fun to see the actual distances and MPH of some of my favorite rides and trails around here. 

I read an article about this boat the other day. It's a 370+ ft luxury yacht, Octopus, owned my Paul Allen (Microsoft dude) that made (making)  a trip through the Northwest Passage. As I was on a foray of firewood cutting this morning I happened to glance toward the ocean and saw the boat. (It certainly seemed bigger than the picture)

The article stated that the ship just parked in front of Nunavut but no one noticed any passengers or crew in town. Nome is a stopping point for most boats traversing through the NW passage so it's not a surprise that it would stop.  But it is a little of a surprise no one got off or came into town, that I know of.  Similar to Nunavut the ship was parked in front of town (about 3 - 5 miles out) and appeared to silently hang out. Maybe people ported and shuttled to town as I didn't watch it all day but I don't think so. I was sorely tempted to kayak out there but the ship was gone by the afternoon. It's all very mysterious.... hopefully not pretentious.
Otherwise my weekends have been home bound with the exception of a short Unalakleet trip. I was able to catch some nice silvers fishing till late at night. Thanks B$! That helped fill the freezer. I was a little dissappointed about not completing a labor day excursion but house duty and firewood duty called.  Plus the weather has been a steady downpouring rain.  I was able to redo Hahnah's room and in the process found a plumbing leak.  A little out of my comfort zone and hard to find a plumber I luckily had a friend that fixed it up. Thanks Cam! . 

wood chopping siesta