Post subject: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Party at the Pond)
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:46 am
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 5051 Location: California
Four years ago mmcpheet and I discovered a natural snowmelt pool in the Crystal Range we dubbed the Fountain of Youth. It's a near perfect set-up for pond skimming and has become an annual tradition over the last few years. This year the trip landed on my 39th birthday so I tried to make a party of it. Surprisingly the only people I could convince to come were my 16 year old and his friends.
Their passion to go shred something in August was awesome to see and was contagious. We had a blast and I know they'll never forget it. Here's our pics.
Skyler and his friends Spencer and Tate
At the boundary
Full moon rising
Working our way around the lake
The color was amazing
Even the teenagers were stoked
Sunrise the next morning
The kids slept in hammocks and cuddled
Breakfast....pancakes and bacon
Off to the pond
Once we made our way around the lake we started heading up
Looking down to Aloha
The sacred Fountain of Youth
Snack time, Sky and Tate
Time for Dad to show the whipper snappers what's up
Sky gives it a go....
but checked his speed on the run-in and loses his speed
Soaking wet he tries again throwing a stylie spray....
but releases too much energy and loses his speed again
Now thoroughly pissed (and soaked) he gets back to the basics and warms up on the small section
Spencer nails it first try
Tate too but loses his hat
Sky to the rescue
Spence steps up to the middle section
Dad back for more
Sky gets his groove back and gets the middle
Follow cam with Spence
Triples round one
Triples round two Tate loses focus at the end
Woohoo....I think they liked it
Time to ride down
Sky killin' it
Back to camp across the glorious granite
Complete with boulders
The teens feeling accomplished
The full moon and the light colored granite are a perfect match
Morning, backcountry bunk bed
Time to go home
But not before some airs at Lake of the Woods, Dad
Sky and Spence
Back on the trail
And a few miles later we're back on the boat taxi....Mission Accomplished!
Thanks Sky, Spencer, and Tate. You guys are gonna be a strong crew!