When I was leaving to go camping yesterday morning, this is what it looked like outside:
Even though I was going to the desert, I knew it was still going to be a cold night. On the way out of town I stopped to do an interview for Aspen Grassroots TV with Walt Evans of the Aspen Valley Ski Club.
You can check out yesterday’s thirty minute “Weekly with Walt” show here. I enjoyed being on the show, and I feel that I am getting more comfortable with filmed interviews.
After the interview I made it to Grand Junction just in time to pick up my friend Karel Tammjärv, a World Cup cross country skier and 2010 Olympian from Estonia. I first met Karel at the Under-23 World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey in February of 2012. In that race series’ 15km individual start classic race he started 30 seconds ahead of me, and I caught him after two kilometers. I then sat behind him and let him dictate the pace for the next 12 kilometers. In the last kilometer he put 15 seconds back into me (but because of the different start times I beat him by 15 seconds). I ended up in 2nd place and he finished in 5th. On the awards ceremony that evening he came up to me and said jokingly, “can I have half of that” and nodded towards my medal. We’ve been friends ever since. Karel’s aunt lives in Seattle. He is on a three week trip to the states and came to visit me to break up his time in Seattle. He’s never been to Colorado before. I’m psyched he’s here.
My friends from Norway that have been here visiting for a week, Astrid Slind and Kristin Gausen, also drove over to the Grand Junction/Fruita area to camp with us. After we all met up we chose a campsite and set up the tent. The temperature was right around freezing.
I’m not used to seeing snow in the desert.
The trails were too wet and muddy to bike on yesterday afternoon, so my friends had to join me on a hike. Here are Astrid (right) with Kristin and Karel:
We built a big fire to stay warm yesterday evening.
It was not the best camping experience I’ve ever had.
We did have delicious S’mores.
Karel, Kristin and Astrid had never eaten S’mores before; I think they enjoyed them. Here’s Astrid:
Then we played some night Bocce. Astrid won.
Then Astrid did some dancing.
Then we ate more S’mores.
This morning Astrid, Kristin and Karel went mountain biking on the awesome trails around Fruita. It was brutal for me to watch them ride away and not be able to join them. However, I like showing off Colorado. Here’s Kristin:
I went for a hike on some of the same trails. I could see them for a long time as they wound their way through the desert.
They said they enjoyed the trails and the scenery.
It was not nearly as much fun to hike the trails as it is to bike them.
Astrid, Kristin and Karel passed me midway through the workout.
We were on the Kokopelli trail system in the morning. The views of the Colorado River are awesome from the trail.
In the afternoon they went for a second ride on the Bookcliff trails. I sat in the car reading my book as I wasn’t up for another hike.
After riding the girls headed on to Moab. (My parents, Karel and I will join them there on Saturday.) Karel and I drove back to the Roaring Fork Valley (where Aspen in located). On the way home we went to a dinner party at my good friend Zeke Tiernan’s house. Zeke is an ultra-marathoner, a middle school history teacher and a father. He is single-parenting this week as his wife is leading a school trip. It was really fun to see Zeke and his daughter Jude. Here he is spiking Jude’s hair while giving her a bath in the kitchen sink: