The last time I wrote seriously here was in 2015/2016.
I had left Chamonix in the Spring of 16 burnt out and sick. I had bailed on a 6 week pre paid trip less than 3 weeks in. Heart breaking for me. But my heart, soul just weren't into it. I needed a change in life style.
Buy the Fall of 2016 we had sold our home of 25 years and moved 500 miles south west to the Idaho desert. No real snow close to speak of ( really Rainier and Alpental were close) and what therefor snow is goes fast in the Spring. I am close to the Sawtooths, and the Tetons. Sun Valley is just up the road. Haven't been. And we are close to where I grew up as a kid, or at least closer than the Cascades.
Moving was wonderful change of place and pace for our family. The family grew by 5 more horses on the way. For a total of 6. The new 5 all under 4 years old then. Now we ride them all. We adding acres of hay to nurture, cut and bail twice a year, water to run during the irrigation season, May to November. and horses to feed every day, twice a day.
Less than a year later (Spring of 2017) my wife got in a horse wreck riding in a remote section of the Snake River canyon. A badly broken the pelvis the result. A harrowing day followed with a life flight at the end of it. Two surgeries and a month in the hospital and then months of rehab followed.
Almost a year to date (Spring of 2018) I broke my pelvis but thankfully not as bad. And I was "lucky" enough to do it in our arena, a few feet from the back door on our house. No surgery but again months of rehab. Tracy likes to refer to it as pay back for not taking better care of her the first time around :) Truthfully? Knowing what a broke pelvis is like now....I should have been a lot nicer and way more helpful!
And you thought climbing was dangerous?
Today were are both back on our bikes and running again. Life is good. And I feel like writing again with new adventures just around the corner coming up.
I get an occasional question here on the blog. They always surprise me. I really thought Cold Thistle would just cease to exist. I have only ever written about what interested me. If anyone else found it helpful or entertaining that too generally just surprised me. Eventually a few folks saw what I was doing and spun their own web and most of them were doing it better with some rational behind it besides "just for fun". Good for them!
I had a question on skimo race suits today. Which I actually know very little about. But I have two of them and I like to use them on occasion. You can search that topic here but what I have is a Dynafit suit and a Camp suit. The Camp is 8 years old now and the Dynafit almost 6 I think. Likely made in the same factory but also slightly different. Both are good from my limited use.
If I were looking for a new one today I'll head to: Men's Race Suits (skimo.co)
They'll answer most any question you can ask and should be able to sort you out quickly.
Race suits are an acquired taste. But once you try one, you'll likely know pretty quickly if it is for you or not. The cost seemed a lot of money at the time. But I've also got a good deal of use out of them and will continue to for some time yet. Money well spent for me. If you wear Lycra on a bike you are probably doomed to own one. And they look cool on any boot pack :)