Arizona, Bikes, Mountain biking, Prescott

Tatonka before Tennesse.

Just wanted to post a few pics from the smart phone of another “last” ride with my daughter Natascha….Yep for real they leave @ 5:00 am tomorrow.

We had a good 12 miles of singletrack tonight….. good times as usual.

 

 

http://app.strava.com/runs/9596984/embed/37367288045a88924cfa587df4f322e6717d0cdb

http://app.strava.com/runs/9596984/embed/37367288045a88924cfa587df4f322e6717d0cdb

It has been great to have our daughter live close to us for almost a decade … now that she has moved away, it is a reminder more than ever to love the ones your with while they are with you.

Steve

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Arizona, family, Mountain biking

Getting in a few more bike miles before the move to Tennessee

http://app.strava.com/runs/9389403/embed/20668d75dd63134db29246039fbe3a210bc8e885

Grateful for the miles we have gotten in over the past eight years here in Prescott.

We are going to attempt one more on Monday before the U Haul takes my daughter and her bike to Tennessee.

Quote of the ride.

“Go into your next season as positive as you can ….go do what your are going there to do.”

“Work at it with the end game up front” .

 

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Arizona, family, outdoors

DAD/SON FISHING ATTEMPT

Just wanted to post up a few pics of our dad/son fishing attempt.

This last Saturday Caleb and I attempted to catch and release fish on two amazing creeks here in Arizona.

We first landed at the West Clear Creek just outside Camp Verde, Az. as well as Oak Creek in Sedona.

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We tried to get to the upper section of the creek by driving up the gravel road and hiking down to the river on trail 31.  When we arrived at trail 31 we quickly found it did not exist. We turned around and decided to join the throngs of locals that usually swim and hike the “bull pen” area down stream.

The fishing was tough and we struck out but we got a few good pics of our day.

Next time we head up to West Clear Creek to fish for trout I’m thinking about calling Jason Meszaros from Manzanita Outdoors for a little help.

http://jasonmeszaros.wordpress.com/

Jason operates The Drag Free School Of Fly Fishing.

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Arizona, Lake Powell

Lake Powell Pastor’s Adventure Trip

I just wanted to post up a few pics of our trip to Lake Powell.

Special thanks to Leigh Metcalf, Dale Gray and Stephen Harris for making this event possible.

Double click on the photo if you would like an enlarged view.

Here is the Strava report as well as some photos of a pretty amazing place.

http://app.strava.com/runs/8262455/embed/4b0f2765000a17e30201d2c476c1e81ae449414a

 

Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you’ll need a water craft for the majority of them since access is limited because there are few roads.

Lake Powell is named for Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell, who explored the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869 down through Grand Canyon. In August, 1869, Powell and his eight companions passed through the site of present day Glen Canyon Dam. Extending nearly one-third of a mile across from canyon rim to rim, the dam created the reservoir known as Lake Powell.

The lake, which lies partly in Arizona and mostly in Utah, is more than 500 feet deep in places. While Utah has the lion’s share of Powell’s crystal clear water, Arizona lays claim to the most important part—the dam. It took 17 years, from march 13, 1963 to June 22, 1980, to fill to the planned level of 3,700 feet above sea level. Lake levels fluctuate depending on the spring runoff from the mountains and the releases needed to produce electricity from the dam’s eight generators.

Lake Powell’s tributaries include the Escalante and San Juan rivers. Both are popular fishing areas. Types of fish found in the lake are striped bass, large and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and carp.

And yes, we had an amazing fish dinner on Tuesday night.

I look forward to many more trips to Lake Powell in the future….might even consider buying a boat someday.

Steve

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Arizona, Prescott

It’s a DRY heat

I just wanted to post a few pics of our snowed out Sunday.

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Today was the first time we have cancelled church in the 10 years we have been in Prescott.

The old shade tree just couldn’t take it anymore .

Our neighbors hobby.

Bella in the pines.

 

Willow Creek

Can you see the face?

Thumb Butte off in the distance.

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Arizona, marriage, Marriage Adventures

The Connection Expedition Marriage Adventure Event

I just wanted to post the Sedona Marriage Adventure event on this blog.

My good friend Joel Malm gave me the phrase “anti Conference” last September when I hiked Half Dome with he and a few other crazies.

He said, “an anti conference is smaller but more powerful way to get a message across because you are not in a big conference room with thousands of other people.”

I agree. We have all attended conferences and felt like we were just a number in a crowd… or as we sat in the ninth balcony we were not really involved or engaged in what was going on.

Connection Expeditions is totally opposite of the BIG conference and strives to be more personal and a whole lot more organic in its approach.

Connection Expeditions exist to give people another opportunity to grow both personally and collectively in a unique setting other than inside the walls of a church or conference center.
We believe that God gave us the outdoors to help us see the bigger picture He has designed for us.
Church settings are nice but the roof is to low. God took Abraham outside his tent and told him to look up at the stars in the sky – God told him that his offspring would outnumber the stars. What God did is just as significant as what he said. He led Abraham outside for an object lesson that he would never forget.

Why did God take him outside? Because inside the tent, Abraham’s vision of God and God’s amazing future for him was limited. He could not see the potential of God’s promises displayed against the backdrop of God’s creation. God wanted him to get a glimpse of just how big a God he was. Taking Abraham outside was God’s way of telling him not to put limits and ceilings on what God wanted to do through him and for him.

Conventional leadership, marriage conferences are neat to attend and meaningful without a doubt. They give us a new perspective on everyday life and work. But with the unique angle Connection Expeditions take we get out of buildings and into God’s creative natural sanctuary’s for lessons and connections that give us another way of learning what God is speaking to us.

In short,  Connection Expeditions exists to create unique outdoor experiences that inspire vision and broaden

the perspective and connectivity of people of today.

Here is a brief look at the conference in Sedona this May 6,7 and 8 of 2012.

Sunday afternoon you arrive at Sedona’s Hilton resort and spa.

The event begins at 5:00 pm on the patio of the Hilton Resort and Spa and a brief mixer and introduction to our time together.

Monday and Tuesday we will explore the amazing sites of the region. – Connection Expeditions will use the geography and beauty of Sedona to teach couples from God’s creation the timeless truths that have kept couples together for thousands of years.

Then just before couples go to dinner we will teach on three tracks that will guide us through next few days.

THE CONFERENCE TRACKS

1.  COMMUNICATION CONNECTS US


We will take a short walk into the distant past and see messages carved in stone by the Sinagua tribe some 900 years ago. Through this session we will see the significance of how important real and meaningful communication is between two people who desire to invest in a lifetime together.

#2. THE LOVE BRIDGE
Sedona offers some amazing natural scenic illustrations that can teach us how to adapt to and adjust to the challenges that attempt to keep us apart.

In this session, we will explore Sedona with the help of Jeep Tours on a 3 1/2 hour trip through the red rocks to Devil’s Bridge.

#3. CREATING ORDER IN THE NEST
One of the amazing gifts that this region offers is the ancient Native American ruins that still exist today. This session will be a trip back to some of the places and spaces people used to live hundreds of years ago.

We will see some biblical ways to create order in our homes that will have a lasting effect in our lives and the lives of our families for generations.

To register for this event, go to:

http://www.connectionexpedition.com/

Or feel free to email us or contact my cell @ 928-710-0750.

Please plan on registering early. This event is open to only 15 couples.

A $200.00 deposit per couple  is due by march first to reserve you spot and room at the resort.

http://www.visitsedona.com/

http://www.hiltonsedonaresort.com/

http://www.connectionexpedition.com/

We are really looking forward to this time with you.

Steve and Brenda Lummer

 

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Arizona, outdoors

ARIZONA – I LOVE THIS SPACE

Just wanted to post a few of my latest photos of my back yard…. (well, a five mile radius by bike.)

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All of these places were adventured by bike.

Granite Basin and Thumb Butte.

Get out there and enjoy the places and spaces you have been gifted to occupy while you are able.

Psalm 104:24, 30 – How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures…. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.

 

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Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors

PRESKITT’S CREW AND THE BLACK CANYON TRAIL

Today was another epic Preskitt crew ride.

I knew it was going to be a great day when I saw this on the counter while getting our morning coffee…. gotta love Arizona.

Last months edition of Dirt Rag.

We rode the northern section of the  BCT (Black Canyon Trail) from Hwy 69 to Hidden Treasure Mine TH and back. It included the Big Bug, Drinking Snake, and Antelope Canyon Sections, 25.9 miles of mountain biker heaven.

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Today Dave Sewell  Doug Korell,  Jeff CombsRobert F. Coombs,  Thomas Stotler,  Scott Golden and I started out fully layered with jackets that quickly came off .

Jeff came in the parking lot with his new red bike rack.

The first half of the trail meanders through typical cow pastures and beautiful high desert terrain. – There was a two mile section that was pummeled by post holes cause by horses and I only lost three teeth.

The first half of the ride quickly changes after you pass the water tank into into Antelope Canyon. The singletrack is cut into the side of the canyon and if not careful, you could slip off into the abyss and get an expensive helicopter ride out.

Photo by Doug Korell.

photo by Doug Korell

The BCT is a great winter edition for any mountain biker who wants to feel the Arizona sun.

Thanks Dave for the pre ride coffee and thanks Robert for the In and Out Post ride burger.

Great day, great ride and a great crew.

Steve

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Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors

Sedona Mountain Bike Adventure

I just wanted to share a few pics of our December 2011 Sedona mountain bike adventure.Image

Sedona is one of those treasures that keeps you on a quest to discover more each time you visit.

Our group of ten started around 11:30 in the morning at the Bike and Bean in the Village of Oak Creek

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http://www.bike bean.com/Sedona_Bike_%26_Bean_Sedona_Mountain_biking_and_Coffee/Enter.html

The plan was to start at the “made in the shade” trailhead and get to chicken point and then back to the parking lot.

Here is a map provided by Cosmic Ray.

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The actual route we ended up taking was: Made in the shade” – “Slim shady” – “HT” – “Little horse” – to Chicken point – Llama – “Little bell loop” – Bell rock loop and back to the parking lot.

The “made in the Shade/Slim shady section in one of my favorites.

Here our group stops for a photo op.

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The “HT” (highway tunnel) trail travel under highway 179 and over to the Little Horse trail.

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After “HT” things get a little technical and steep on the Little Horse”

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No one cleaned this section but they gave it a good try.

Chicken Point is a destination and point of interest for hikers, Jeeps and mountain bikers.

The views are amazing and give you a “back country” view that most Sedona visitors don’t experience by traveling up and down the main roads and tourist shops.

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Chicken Point is a playground on the hidden side of Sedona.

A couple of our braver souls attempted ti ride part of the “white line” pictured below. (double click the image with your mouse for the bigger pic)

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The “white line” is not really a shelf ledge …. but rather according to Rob H. more like just a sloped part of the rock formation that is “steeper than it looks”.

Here is a youtube video of the entire “white line” by a couple of crazies.

The entire day was awesome with the exception of a mechanical small ring failure on the way back to the cars.

Looking forward to getting back to another Sedona adventure real soon.

Steve

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