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 Post subject: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Party at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:46 am 
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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
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At the boundary
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Trail flowers
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Lake Aloha
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Full moon rising
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Working our way around the lake
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The color was amazing
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Even the teenagers were stoked
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The range
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Sunrise the next morning
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The kids slept in hammocks and cuddled
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Dad's camp
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Breakfast....pancakes and bacon
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Off to the pond
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Once we made our way around the lake we started heading up
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And up
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Looking down to Aloha
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Almost there
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The sacred Fountain of Youth
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Snack time, Sky and Tate
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Time for Dad to show the whipper snappers what's up
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Sky gives it a go....
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but checked his speed on the run-in and loses his speed
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Soaking wet he tries again throwing a stylie spray....
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but releases too much energy and loses his speed again
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haha
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Now thoroughly pissed (and soaked) he gets back to the basics and warms up on the small section
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Spencer nails it first try
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Tate too but loses his hat
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Sky to the rescue
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Spence steps up to the middle section
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Dad back for more
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Spence
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Sky gets his groove back and gets the middle
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Doubles
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Tate
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Follow cam with Spence
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Triples round one
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Triples round two Tate loses focus at the end
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Woohoo....I think they liked it
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Time to ride down
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Sky killin' it
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Looking back
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Back to camp across the glorious granite
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Complete with boulders
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pools
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and flowers
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Skyler
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Almost home
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The teens feeling accomplished
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Moonrise
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The full moon and the light colored granite are a perfect match
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Morning, backcountry bunk bed
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Time to go home
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But not before some airs at Lake of the Woods, Dad
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Sky and Spence
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Dad
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Spence
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Back on the trail
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And a few miles later we're back on the boat taxi....Mission Accomplished!
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Thanks Sky, Spencer, and Tate. You guys are gonna be a strong crew!


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:58 am 
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Happy birthday man, looks like it was a blast! Really wish I coulda made it. Next time for yer big 4-0 (Fountain of Youth water will be especially handy then! :)).

Can't believe you packed in a skate deck just for that rock jump. Classic.


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:10 am 
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After a long winter of trip reports, they all bleed into one but this one looks absolutely killer. Definitely try to get a crew again next summer; I'm in!


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:13 am 
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Another vote for Father of the year! Oh yeah Uncle of the year too! :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:55 am 
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May have to rally for the big 4-0...what a great experience for the kids :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:07 am 
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Happy Birthday! When you go again, I'd love to go! Just PM me.


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:33 pm 
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Happy Birthday! Rockin' pictures as always. I'm going for the big 4-0 next year too in August, funny I don't remember getting old, LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:38 pm 
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Awesome birthday trip----nicely done!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:34 pm 
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Thanks for this TR!!! Absolutely gorgeous and very inspirational! I have a 9 yr old son and a dream that goes something like that...


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Part at the Pond)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:02 pm 
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PedroDelfuego wrote:
Another vote for Father of the year! :thumpsup:

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What's with the facial hair on Tater? I'm almost 40 and can barely grow a mini-Selleck.
Crazy burger hormones. :wink: :P


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Party at the Pond)
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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Party at the Pond)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:57 am 
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Thanks for the pic Dave! Always wondered what it looked like this time of year. Looks a little boney but still doable in a couple spots. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Fountain of Youth 2011 (Party at the Pond)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:20 am 
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My first look at this TR..FUN!!! :thumpsup:

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