Monday, April 5, 2021
On April 3rd, I went for a bike ride by the river after coming home from a day visiting my Aunt Belinda for her birthday. It was our first time getting together since the Pandemic. On April 4th, I went for an 18-mile ride on the Jaclynn--up to 52nd Ave S, across the river, down a gravel road to Moorhead, then through neighborhood streets and bike path up to 12th Ave N, across the river again and back home.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
When I was in a Rouvy session with my friend, Barb Kelly, on March 31st, she reminded me that April is 30-days-of-biking month. I decided to make the pledge to bike every day in April. It seems like a good year to try it because our roads and trails are already clear of snow (and surprisingly dry). On April 1st, I had to go to the bank to deposit a couple of checks, so I just zipped over on my Bridgestone MB-0.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
On Thursday morning, I had my usual writing time with my sabbatical buddy, Tom Meyer, a writing project director at SUNY-New Paltz, and then Enrico and I checked out of our West Yellowstone hotel and began the drive back to Bozeman. We stopped at the pullout for Bighorn Pass and went for one more ski. This turned out to be the most magnificent ski of our trip. It was perfect spring crust skiing conditions, with warm temperatures, and an occasional wind that kept us from getting too hot. We skied up a flat creek bed, but found we could go anywhere with the still-frozen crust, so we ventured into the undulating hills on the sides of the creek drainage and into some forested areas. The day was mostly sunny and the valley was absolutely beautiful. As we rounded one of the twists in the valley, we saw a brown animal in the snow ahead. It turned out to be a bison.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
We thought Itasca would be our last ski because warm temperatures in Fargo completely melted what little snow we had received this winter, but then we decided to make the journey to the mountains for our university's spring break. While I drove from Fargo to Billings on Saturday, Enrico graded almost a whole class set of papers. We stopped in Glendive to go for an hour walk in Makoshika State Park to stretch our legs.