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Old 06-22-2013, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you guys do in the summer? Besides periodically pulling out a snowboard and looking at it, waiting, impatiently... I do a few things... But shit, this waiting is painful!

Fly fishing: probably my favorite spring/summer/fall activity... And even sometimes in the winter. I've made a goal for this year of exploring every river and creek in northern New Mexico. So far, I have had a great time this year getting out of my comfort zone of favorite places to fish. I've had some good luck, and perhaps skill is coming into play, because the patterns I have been tying have become more and more successful. There is nothing quite like catching a wild trout... I release all of my fish as well. They belong in the river!

Hiking: I guess this just comes into play from fishing, as I rarely hike without my fly rod. I've found some really cool places this year, including super green valleys, huge waterfalls, and tributary creeks and springs I never knew about. Hiking the Rio Grande Gorge, and Sandia Peak (La Luz) have been highlights, and have also shown me how out of shape I really am compared to how I normally view myself, hahahaha...

Skateboarding: The older I get, the harder it is to just grab my skateboard and go ride it. Once I step on the board, all of that fades away... But unlike snowboarding, it's not such a big deal to do. No gear, no lift tickets/passes, no driving up a mountain road... It always gets put off until I have free time. I'm trying to make a habit of just grabbing my skateboard and stepping out the door, but it's easier said than done. Perhaps even just writing this down will help!

Music: I travel a lot to play my music, and the summer time seems to be a special one. Outdoor events, clubs, bars, and festivals seem to be in full swing. The hardest part is finding time to make music in the summer. The days are longer, and I seem to have so many more things going on. I believe next winter, I'll keep this in mind and create a surplus of music to reveal over the summer. Music seems to be a bit deeper when written in the winter months anyhow...! Creating this thread just solved a problem for me! I am trying to go out and see more live music as well. It's always inspiring to see a good show, and it's something I always need to do more of.

Socializing: This one should really be called drinking... But I guess there are times where you're still talking to new friends while you're waiting for that next round. People seem so happy and outgoing in the summer, I think it's a great time to get out and have some laughs with new people. Maybe a part of this is that I move a lot, and travel a lot, but if this isn't a part of your summer activities, you need to get out! Have some drinks (if you drink), and more importantly, have some fun with new people.

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-sigh- last couple of years, my summertime hobby has been "fixing up things around the house". Bleah!

I'm trying to get into longboarding, but it requires some concentrated attention.
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Mostly work, off all winter and 70+ hour weeks all summer long..Makes it tough to have a life.

Anyway, I hit the gym 6 days a week in the summer and try to eat well. So far I've been doing great! I've only been mountain biking and hiking like 6 times, and golfing twice. Haven't had to many free days unfortunately. Thinking about blowing 20k on a new toy, can't decide if it's worth it..

I have like two friends I talk to, I'm pretty introverted for the most part. I'm in OKC right now doing a couple jobs. it's hot, humid and flat! Atleast it's not on fire here though. I hope nobody here has been affected by the wildfires!
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Summer = green season = xc riding season. Negociating an xc track in full galopp comes pretty close to riding a slope of fresh


And meeting all the "summer" friends n relatives, means the ones we hardly ever see during winter season cause they don't ride board/ski. And if time and wind allows, there's also kite/windsurfing.
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-sigh- last couple of years, my summertime hobby has been "fixing up things around the house". Bleah!

I'm trying to get into longboarding, but it requires some concentrated attention.
Handyman shit is good work to do. I do a lot of that around my ranch as well, fixing fences, building corrals, and general boring stuff like cutting firewood and clearing roads... It's so nice to be outside, or even inside, doing something that doesn't involve a screen!

I've been skateboarding off and on for 17 years, and still can't really ride a longboard. If you pursue that, I'd like to know what the learning curve is for getting some nice carves!

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Mostly work, off all winter and 70+ hour weeks all summer long..Makes it tough to have a life.

Anyway, I hit the gym 6 days a week in the summer and try to eat well. So far I've been doing great! I've only been mountain biking and hiking like 6 times, and golfing twice. Haven't had to many free days unfortunately. Thinking about blowing 20k on a new toy, can't decide if it's worth it..

I have like two friends I talk to, I'm pretty introverted for the most part. I'm in OKC right now doing a couple jobs. it's hot, humid and flat! Atleast it's not on fire here though. I hope nobody here has been affected by the wildfires!
What kind of gym program are you into? As I said, hiking has shown me how out of shape I am. I figure doing more of it will help, but perhaps just spending some time focusing toward a goal or something will be more beneficial.

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Summer = green season = xc riding season. Negociating an xc track in full galopp comes pretty close to riding a slope of fresh

And meeting all the "summer" friends n relatives, means the ones we hardly ever see during winter season cause they don't ride board/ski. And if time and wind allows, there's also kite/windsurfing.
Wow! You are an adrenaline junkie, eh Neni! That is too cool! How long have you been doing this?
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Gnargoyle hunting. The mass invasion of new meat has happened. I'm keeping Breckenridge safe 5 nights a week.
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Gnargoyle hunting. The mass invasion of new meat has happened. I'm keeping Breckenridge safe 5 nights a week.
Hahahaha - I know you have your drinks bought for you, too!
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My summers are spent 4 wheeling. It's nice that both my main hobbies involve being in the Rockies. Spend all winter building/fixing the jeep and boarding, then all summer wheeling and preparing for boarding. It's the perfect cycle of life.
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Wow! You are an adrenaline junkie, eh Neni! That is too cool! How long have you been doing this?
Horseriding over 25y, showjumping 10y, xc 5y and still a beginner . Had my first eventing on a higher level just today. Almost shit my pants when walking the course and inspecing the obstacles and that still wasn't anywhere close to high I really look up to the folks doing the high level xc! To get an axious by nature animal to the point it trusts you enough to jump over solid fences it isn't able to see the landing is part of the magic of this sport.
But the level I'm doing is nothing special. Many many girls riding xc at this level.
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I've got a mountain bike to go out and have some fun on in summer.
However last summer I just went to Whistler for 10 days and Breck for one, just to try get away from our summer...and do a bit of boarding Fortunately our season is just starting.
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