I had the chance recently to take a vacation to Hartford, Connecticut to visit family and really just do a whole lot of nothing. We went on a few hikes, saw some rad places, and got a chance to take a break.
I haven’t been back to the East Coast in a few years and I knew that the first thing on my small agenda was to visit my cousin Marshall at his business, The Hartford Denim Company, and pick up a pair of jeans that I’ve been meaning to get. Marshall and a few of his close friends started the brand a few years back and have been growing steadily ever since. They do things the old fashioned way, the do it yourself way, the right way.
Marshall Deming and a small portion of the amazing space that The Hartford Denim Company resides in.
Everything is made on classic, industrial grade machines that the guys have collected and purchased throughout the years.
The final product.
The next few days were spent enjoying much of what Connecticut has to offer. The weather was great and even though we were a few weeks early to really see the seasons change, we ventured outside as much as we could.
The view from the hike up to Heublein Tower.
Went out to my Uncle Gary’s lake house for an afternoon cruise.
We were literally the only boat out so I took advantage of the situation.
In transit to a place that is a bit more fast paced.
To be continued…
It’s been a busy last few weeks for us and a lot of good things have happened. Here’s a couple photos from what’s been going on.
Jeremy Estorga and Tall Todd
Richie Conklin and Jordan Small
Shep Dawgs had a premier for their new video, Volume 3 at Transworld and the place was at max capacity. Hit up shepdawgs.com and show some support!
Tanner Cribbs and Travis
Megan’s too fast for pictures.
Always good running into John Drinkard.
Jacob Nunez and Clint. Jacob’s the man responsible for the Shep Dawgs videos and delivers every time. Can’t wait to see what’s in the works for Volume 4!
Active’s Snow Team Manager, Andrew Massey
Johnny Miller is back in town.
The smartest dog you’ll ever meet.
For the last day of our trip we drove a few hours up to Seattle, Washington for a quick visit. We had a few things on the agenda for the day but we mostly just wanted to check out what the city had to offer.
First we stopped at Pike Place Market to grab some food.
The first Starbucks! We had to do it.
After we got tourist stuff out of the way we walked up to Snowboard Connection at 263 Yale Ave N. If you’re in the area make sure you check out this shop. They have a crazy selection of product and they don’t hit you with the cool guy attitude.
Snow Connection had vintage boards displayed all around the shop. The Vertigo on the left is definitely one of the raddest boards ever made.
The REI headquarters is also located in Seattle and they come in fine form. This place offers everything the REI customer could ever want and then some. Just to give you a little bit of any idea at what you’re looking at, the glass structure on the right is a multi-face climbing wall. Also, throughout the trees that surround the building are tracks where customers can test mountain bikes and hiking footwear.
This is just one of the rooms inside the retail portion of the headquarters. REI is killing it.
More tourist shit.
The guys from Coalatree get around.
WeatherMTN logo find.
One for the road.
Life in the mountains during the summer revolves around a few key locations. One of those key locations and arguably the most important, is Lake Arrowhead. I can guarantee this is going to be the first of many posts that has to do with us being on the lake.
Right after this Megan tried to flip the boat.
A few days ago my friend Chad and I cruised out to Lake Wohlford to catch some fish and enjoy the good weather.
Chad's a seasoned veteran at fishing North County. There was no question about who was driving the boat picking the spots.
Not bad for 15 minutes out of Escondido.
We quickly ditched the boat and started fishing the shore.
No need for the boat.
This is going to be a good summer.
Winter finally decided to come around and provide us with a little bit of snow before it called it quits for the year. The storm wrapped up a bit early and between that and work, I couldn’t make it to Mammoth on the right days. Instead, I ended up driving home in hope of catching a good combination of new snow and no crowds. Snow Valley didn’t let me down and kept it classy with an, “Earn Your Turns” opening of Slide Peak with 33 inches of new snow.
Since Chair 9 was closed, a quick hike back was necessary to access the runs and Chair 11. This was my view from my first time up on Chair 11.
It was a given I would see Dr. Bill here on the first run.
Sean graced us with his presence as well.
The San Bernardino National Forest
Matt was able to take about an hour off of work and take a few runs with me. He's definitely one of my favorite people to cruise around a mountain with.
As always, sorry for the lack of “riding” photos. It was just too good of a time to stop and take a photo. Hopefully we can get one more storm before we’re all said and done for the year. If not, it’s time to go up north for a bit.
I have been hearing about this place for a while now. Finally, found time to go check em out. Turns out to be a “not so hidden” gem.
I would rather not meet these kids, pretty rad for sand text though.
If you are bold enough to climb that ladder, there is a pretty sweet cave up there.
Alot of sweet stuff to explore down there.
Sweet view from the top.
Next couple days were spent exploring the resort and its surrounding areas. We met up with Nick Russell and he showed us around a bit. Check out his part in Givin’s “One”, it’s pretty rad.
Nick's always amped.
Sweet bluegrass band.
Followed by a "locals only" metal band. This is the closest I wanted to get.
Next day we woke up early to get some road laps before the resort opened.
Did it up real classy at Milano's the last night. Congrats Jared and Liza!
WeatherMTN beanies and thermals withstood the fury of Mt. Baker with ease. Just Sayin...
Not sure how I feel about this but, Baker was sick.
Went up for our buddy Jared’s bachelor trip. Scored some pretty sweet pow, grabbed some rail, bagged some airtime, and finally got see what everyone has been talking about. I have to say; its the best place around.
1st stop. Portland, OR.
Picked our buddy Dan up in Seattle. ICED him the second he got in the truck.
11am on a Wednesday…
Draw’s an interesting crowd.
A good sign at 900 ft.
Drivin up. Mt. Baker road gap
“Insert cliche chairlift photo here”
I never take the time to snap photos while actually snowboarding. It’s just way too fun to stop for that sort of thing. I’ve always liked when the clouds creep up the side of the mtn though so, here are some photos of that.
My 1993 Toyota truck finally hit 100,000 miles. Stoked it was in it’s natural habitat of the SBNF going snowboarding.
Adam and I did our usual routine. Drink beers all day and ollie shit.