Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ski for Women (not Sit for Women)

The annual Ski for Women occurs on Super Bowl Sunday every year as a fundraiser against domestic violence, which sadly spikes on this day each year. We dressed as jesters for the Party Wave.

Corinne and Maggi (photo by Bonnie)
is that a judge or a jester in the court? (photo by Mike)

Divas putting their best ski forward (photo by Mike)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Revisiting Arizona in my mind

 Avoiding the cactus. - image by Diana
Our gang on Alaska Jersey (and long socks) Day - by Cecelia
Last October a group of Divas headed to Arizona on a mountain bike adventure. We had two days of riding at McDowell Mountain Park, just northeast of Phoenix, followed by three days of riding on the Black Canyon Trail which is northwest of Phoenix. Between the 90-degree heat and the cholla (jumping cactus), the cat's claw and a few rain-damaged trails which had ruts down the middle, our group experienced a gamut of emotions - from frustration to joy- and a few physical injuries.

Don't lean in, or out! - by Gloria
Lori surviving the heat and thorns - by Rose
Maggi on the trail - by Rose
Yes, it was challenging and in the words of Maggi, "sometimes brutal and frustrating..." But, she added, "I also got to listen to coyotes, owls, and even cows sing me to sleep and see majestic saguaro, clever cholla and a rattlesnake up close and personal." Maggi and the other Divas reminded me that it is through facing challenges that we can accomplish things, like bettering ourselves as riders. Maybe we become better people overall when we're encouraging our friends to ride something technical or when we're pulling thorns from someone's backside.

We rode among the dancing saguaro - by Gloria
For me, it's only through time that I can better reflect on the five days spent on desert trails and remember that beyond the flat tires some people experienced and some other things that I thought could be better, that I was out camping and riding with 10 inspiring women and two great guys who all pushed ourselves to be better riders and also knew how to kick back and laugh about it afterward. It will live long in our memories.

90 degrees of hot hot hot! - by Lori
 Oh, yes, and there was a pool!

Sarong night - by Jeff
And there was beauty.

Beauty amid the thorns - by Gloria

posted by Rose.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Riding with the increasing light

A few of us rode both sides of Campbell Creek today to enjoy the extra day light!  Thanks to a passing rider for offering to take a picture for us.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Autumn ride

September 24: With autumn's arrival, a short ride on the singletrack. Let's not call it the last ride of the season. Pull on another layer and keep pedaling.







Until next time...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

wonderful light and ride at Kincaid

"there was wonderful light and it was a beautiful ride on the trails tonight!" Katherine





Thursday, July 31, 2014

Power of Divas on Powerline

Almost 20 of us motored up to Glen Alps trail head, where we found clouds instead of the sunny skies of Anchorage.  But the wind wasn't blowing and it was warm, so it was one of the best evenings that we've ever pedaled the Powerline Pass trail.


Bonnie and Linda take a break for the camera.

pedaling through the first puddle

The entire group at Summit Lake

Bonnie was always nearby when I needed a good model in the photo!

The downhill crew before they descended to Hillside parking lot.
A big hello to Diva Linda ~ we're thinking about ya and sending tons of well wishes and good thoughts to you and your family!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What rain?


Over a dozen Divas showed up to ride the Kincaid singletrack trails.
A few of them even remembered their fenders! - photo by Katherine.