Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Great Skate

today Dave and i hit the Black Sheep Espresso Shop, then the Great Basin Bakery to load up for some serious skate skiing.  i actually drank quite a bit of nuun on the drive up to the trailhead by Tom's Place off of 395 north of Bishop, CA.  i just wanted to get some fresh air and get the dogs out for a romp ~ Dave wanted to get at least 2 hours in for a race he is training for from Tahoe to Truckee in a couple of weeks.

the temps were between 40 and 50 degrees, the sun was shining, and the conditions were great.  we skated for about 2 and a half hours, starting around 8,000 ft of elevation and skiing up to about 10,200.  i seriously think i must have about 100 "top ten days" in the outdoors, and this was one of them. 

what a great skate.  Dave and i hit the Smokehouse meat store for sandwiches afterwards.  then, i went into the grocery store to get a coffee for the drive back to Tonopah, and came out to find Artemis chowing down on the half-sandwich i had saved for dinner tonight.  back to the Smokehouse...  and i got another sandwich.  we burned a lot of calories today~

photo essay below tells the full story:  this is one thing about Tonopah that i will miss... going to Bishop!  now i understand what all the fuss is about.  it's a great little town.
Artemis gets after it.


me and the dogs ~

Nearing the top ~ thanks to Robert Earl Keen for the tunes to keep me cranking.

Bashful Dave gets his photo snapped.

Ever the lookout ~ Artemis.

successful timer shot ~


  1. I've heard skate skiing is great fun. I'd love to try it sometime. Can you rent them somewhere?

  2. White Pine and Soldier Hollow both have rentals and instruction as far as I know

  3. I have yet to try the Smokehouse. It's on my do-list. Sounds like your dogs have good taste in food.