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Mountain Biking White Mountain Peak

On July 29, 2015 myself and four friends set out to ride our mountain bikes to the summit of White Mountain Peak. White Mountain sits at 14,252 feet (4,344 m). It is the highest peak in the White Mountains of California, the highest peak in Mono County, and the third highest peak in the state after Mount Whitney and Mount Williamson.

The video was shot with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. The photography was shot by both myself and Phil Calvert. My images were photographed with the Nikon D7200 using a 35mm f/1.8 prime. Phil's photographs were capturing with his Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 with the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

We began the ride at the closed gate to the research station. The entire ride took about six hours. It was roughly four hours from the gate to the top and about an hour and half to get back down. If you have ever been above 14,000 feet then you know how difficult it can be to get there. At about 13,000 feet is when the elevation usually hits me. It's not so much the breathing that hits me, but the lack of energy. 

It always seems as though I don't breathe that much harder. Rather, I just can't seem to get moving at any decent rate of speed other than dragging my feet. The last few hundred feet I just pushed my bike to the top. Not only were we at a high elevation, but the top  of White Mountain is super rocky with basketball sized boulders everywhere. I'm not sure I could have ridden this road at sea level.

On the way down, and once we were past the top, riding was a bit easier... and fast. I would recommend this ride to anyone who has a bit of fitness, and a sense of adventure.

Grooming Our Labradoodle, Jake

Dog grooming is expensive. It's time consuming, and people's time is worth money. To save a little bit I purchased Oster single-speed clippers to groom Jake with. They shave his hair with ease. I also have a couple extra #10 blades.

The sure sign that Jake needs to be groomed is when we can't keep up with his shedding. So when the day comes to groom him I always start by giving him a bath. The key to maintaining a sharp blade is to clip a clean dog. Dirty hair is abrasive and gritty, and will quickly dull your blade. And a dull blade will lengthen the amount of time it takes to groom your dog.

When I'm finished shaving him and he looks fit and trim I take the FURminator to his fur. It strips out the underlayer of hair, and it's that underlayer that contributes to so much of his shedding.

I also use the FURminator once each week in between cuts. He could probably stand to have his hair brushed more often, but I just don't have the time to do it that much. It's amazing how it pulls out so much hair, and it never seems to end. It's as if I pull a whole dog off of him, yet he is still furry. I can't talk highly enough about it and no, I do not work for them. It's just a great product.

The video was taken with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Timmy in a Craft Project

My cousin Susan does some amazing scrapbooking.  Here is a page she made using one of my photographs of Timmy.  It's my understanding that she makes sample pages for crafting paper companies. These said companies then use her samples to advertise their products.