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Swift Campout 2019

I’ll be riding west from Palmdale on the June 22nd Swift Campout (Summer Solstice) around 3:00pm to the Sawmill Campground in Lake Hughes, CA. The route will follow the California Aqueduct to Johnson Road and then west to the Lake Hughes area. Ride time is about 3 hours and 30 miles. The start will be Ave P-12 and 25th St West in Palmdale. Load up your bike for some camping fun. There will be a supply stop in Lake Hughes for extra water and food. I am not your mom so I won’t be providing comfort or cover. Be prepared. Let’s ride!!! Email paul@paulavila.com if you would like to join me for the bikepacking shenanigans. There will be climbing on dirt once the pavement ends to get to the campground.

I live the truth

Empower yourself to live the best version of yourself every day.

Winter

The season of cool breezes and short days never disappoints.

Sleep with one eye open

Bella the dog. She is about 11 years old and slowing down. She snores and it’s awesome.

Oops

I tried to order an Anything bagel this morning. #wakeup

Go vegan at Del Taco

In a hurry and looking for vegan grub? Hit Del Taco and get a tostada for a $1.00. Tell them no cheese and you’re good to go!

Done

iPhone X in my hands.

Oh boy!

Gold

Twitter reigns supreme for pure comedy gold:

https://twitter.com/LaurelCoons/status/1025794511551823873

Early bird gets the mountain

Visiting my father-in-law in Northern California provides many opportunities for outdoor fun. 10 years ago I hiked up Mt. Lassen and this morning I hiked it again. Getting to the trailhead early I was 3rd vehicle in the lot and only one had people. This is significant for the following reason. A minivan rolled up with squealing preteen girls going apeshit about the snow. Cool, I get it. Been there as a dad and coach, but today was for some outdoors and nature. Onward. I got to the trailhead and started the ascent at 7:15am. The wind was brutal and cold. It was easily in the 40 degree range. I’d guess the wind was hitting 25 to 40 mph and only gaining shelter on the westward zigzag portion of the hike in the last mile provided any relief from the punishment. I pushed on and hit the crater top at 8:30am after 2 1/2 miles of work.

A brief snow section at the summit was interesting to see this late in June. Snow patches were plentiful at the summit.

The view towards Mt. Shasta were amazing. I just sat and stared while eating a snack off the trail and snow.

The volcanic action that was responsible for the upheaval that blew off the top of the mountain is very apparent. Everywhere you look you can see huge lava rocks. Frozen in time for the last 100 years the rocks are an eerie reminder of the destruction that occurred.

In the subalpine zone below 8,500 feet of elevation the whitebark pines dominate the trail. Twisted up and gnarled these trees are strong and have endured for ages.

Lots of snow at the crater top. The absolute summit is in the left rear. Completely overcrowded nonsense.

Looking west you can see all the way to Redding and beyond.

Leaving the park I stopped and enjoyed this vista of the mountain about a huge meadow.

Jet boat driver!

My wife and I had a wild ride in my father in law’s jet boat! Full throttle!

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