Monday Feb 19, 2007

Snowshoing at North Star Mountain, CO

Last week, I took a day and went up to a friends house near Hoosier Pass in Summit County, CO (near Breckenridge Ski Area).  I had gone snowshoeing for the first time!  I always spend all my days skiing when I head to CO for the winter, but now I've found another winter activity.

We left my friends house at around 11,500 ft.  There was probably 3-4 ft of fresh snow near his cabin. However, as we got up to 12,000 ft, just at the treeline, we were in 4-6 ft of fresh powder. Thanks to the snowshoes we rented, we had no problem.  It took us about 45 min to hike a little over a mile up to a small lake (Crystal Lake) at the foot of North Star Mountain (just shy of a fourteener).  It is near Hoosier Pass and just South of Quandry Peak (a true fourteener).  For those interested, a good link to hiking North Star Mountain, go to:

     Hiking North Star Mountain, CO

 As we approach Crystal Lake.  NorthStar Mountain Ridge is at the top of the horizon.

I had mentioned to my friend that I never had any interest in walking on a frozen over lake.  Much to my surprise, I had found myself smack dab in the middle of Crystal Lake.  I was comforted to know that the lake is only 6 ft deep and was entirely frozen solid this time of year.

Here I am standing in the middle of Crystal Lake



 Just another fun shot from skiing the trees in Breckenridge

Thanks to my good friend Barry and local guide, Tom for making this experience possible!  Can't wait to hit this same mountain in the Summer!

Friday Aug 11, 2006

TSA is quick...and yet so slow

I found my self in a hotel room at the Baltimore (BWI) airport this last Wendesday night watching CNN as I was trying to fall asleeep. I remember this breaking news about a terror plot on US bound airplanes from the UK. I remember saying to myself, that I shouldn't be worried, as it'll take at least Noon on Thursday for the TSA to react system wide...

And then after a short 5 hour nap, I awoke to the wakeup call at 6am. Flipped on the news and pretty much still saw only travel disruptions in the UK. Good, my flight was in only 1 1/2 hours...I was good to go.

As my hotel shuttle approaches the terminal at BWI, I quickly noticed some of the longest lines I've seen. This was amazing. Since I was only bring carry on bags, I found a lone carry-on kiosk for American. Got my boarding pass only to have to wait in an hour line for security. Wow the TSA had reacted fast.

After 45 min into the wait, it's now brought to our attention that we have to relinquish all liquids on our carry-on bags. Or, go back and check it in. No way I'm waiting in that line. I give up my shaving cream, hair gel and toothpaste to an already overflowing trash can of all sorts of stuff. The lady in front of me threw away probably over $50 worth of makeup. Made my loss of probably $3 not so bad.

After that, the trip was uneventful getting to DFW only an hour late. However, I got to thinking after I made my way home and watched some of the reports on TV. They said that it was really easy to mask explosives in liquid form and virtually untectable through security. WHAT? If it was so easy, is it just now that the TSA realizes that and is doing something about it?

That brings me to my point. The TSA was extremely quick to react, but so slow to anticipate this threat. Sounds like they are acting tatically, when they ought to be securing our travel more strategically.

The TSA is quick...and yet so....slow.

About

tls

Search

Categories
Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today