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Fat Tire Tuesday: Callin’ It Quits

Fat Tire Tuesday: Callin’ It Quits

When smiles are more important than miles By Sarah Hansing Well, okay, ain’t nobody quitting here. But who doesn’t love a silly selfie with SMILE written all over it? !! Photo: Jenni Shafer The best intentions.   It is truly always with the best intentions...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Pretty in Pink By Sequoia Schmidt Photo: Skydive Perris Flying does not come naturally to me. Believe it or not, flying does come naturally to a few people, I’m just not one of them. Failing level 2 of my AFF (Accelerated Free Fall Program) was an important...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Déjà Vu

Fat Tire Tuesday: Déjà Vu

Back to basics … back to SMILES By Sarah Hansing Mountain biking. It’s damn straight something to smile about !! Sigh.   And here we are again. It seems like a terrible case of déjà vu, sometimes, really. Get fit. Get stoked! Get injured. Get *ahem*...
Mountain Monday: Beneath the Shade of the Big Trees

Mountain Monday: Beneath the Shade of the Big Trees

Hiking through the sempervirens and swimming in the Stan By Meggan Wenbourne Could it be Abraham Lincoln? Many Sempervirens have been named throughout the park. Sometimes all you really need is a trip to the mountains to swim in fresh water. I am biased, I much prefer...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Staying Upright

Fat Tire Tuesday: Staying Upright

Keeping the wheels rolling forward, nice ‘n easy  By Sarah Hansing Wilder Ranch State Park (Bruce Dorman). Well, I hit my head again.   No surprise I suppose, but this is the third (or fourth?) helmet I’ve cracked in 14 months, and this time it rattled me. And...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 4

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 4

Presentation is key By Sequoia Schmidt I have found that tunnel time (indoor skydive center) is the best way to train my body. This morning starts out with two minutes in the wind tunnel. My natural reaction when exiting into high winds is still to move my hips...
Mountain Monday: Trinity River Adventure

Mountain Monday: Trinity River Adventure

A weekend on the river moves time only as fast as its current By Meggan Wenbourne Yours truly, descending Hell Hole (Serendipity Snapshots). A couple weeks back, my partner and I found ourselves driving through the night from Santa Cruz to Big Flat in the...
Learning To Fly: Entry Log 3

Learning To Fly: Entry Log 3

The Dollar Bill Method By Sequoia Schmidt “Just think of a dollar bill between your butt cheeks,” Rom tells me confidently. “Excuse me?” I say, a little embarrassed. “When you were in free fall last time, you were not steady because your...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 2

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 2

OMG I’m going to die … By Sequoia Schmidt Class #2 of the Accelerated Free Fall program began with an examination of the steps and procedures we learned in session one. Once again to a small classroom with a table and three chairs we went and toward the...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 1

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 1

Reflections and connections By Sequoia Schmidt Why does someone want to learn how to jump out of airplanes? What generates and motivates this desire to be one with the skies no matter what the danger? I’m not quite sure how to answer these questions since I suspect...
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