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  2. The Texas Rangers are also on the list for name changes due to their brutality in the past per another atricle. This country is screwed up.
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  4. That is NOT a boneyard! That is the former components of the Sunbowl FGQ which are being stored and we're suppose.to be flipped to replace the North Peak Triple. Guess time will tell if Vail ever does that now.
  5. Read an editorial piece in USA today that wasn't even accepting of them changing the Skins to the Warriors. Main objection? White fans still might/would show up dressed in. Active American attire. Where will this all end? This country is on the verge of becoming quite boring and monochrome.
  6. I think the 2016 poll was conducted by the Wash Post, but cited in the 2020 Wash Examiner article. The Post is about as far left as the Examiner is far right. I take both of them with a grain of salt.
  7. That's the Washington Examiner, not the Washington Post, big difference. The Examiner is 15 years old, published by a homophobic, climate denying, antiabortion activist.
  8. I can see being offended by the term "Redskin", but those that don't like Indian team names seem to want all branding connected with Native American heritage eliminated? That seems a shame to me, but I guess they view it as exploitive or cartoonish? Sad. FYI: The Washington Post, which has argued that the Redskins name is a slur, found in a 2016 poll of Native Americans that only 9% of the Native American community polled found the name offensive. A less scientific poll from 2019 found that the most common emotion associated with the name was “pride.” That quote came from this article on the subject which suggests that all Indian team names will be gone soon: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-renaming-wont-stop-with-the-washington-redskins
  9. Mark the Cleveland Indians down as the next sports franchise to consider changing their name. Will the KC Chiefs consider it too?
  10. I took a 4th of July road trip from the Salt Lake City (SLC) area to Mirror Lake, UT with my wife and son. Mirror Lake is normally about 80 or 90 miles east of SLC, but we took a really cool, if slightly longer route to get there; cool in more ways than one. Up around Mirror Lake, elevation 10,050' it was 66 degs at 2 PM. When we returned to the SLC area at 5 PM it was 95 degs!From the Cottonwood Heights/Holladay area we took Rt 190 up Big Cottonwood Canyon, then just before arriving at Brighton Ski Area we took a left onto Guardsman Pass Rd (only open in summer) to climb over the Wasatch Front. This is the view of Brighton's Millicent Lift ski terrain from Guardsman Pass Rd. The area they call Scree Slope on the trail map is that big rock pile in the upper center. My son is standing at Guardsman Pass, elev 9717'. Some of Deer Valley's upper lift terminals are in the left background. This view is looking towards the east and Mirror Lake is about 60 more miles out in the distance. This is few miles east of Guardsman Pass on a very steep and curvy road (open in summer only) descending to Heber City. We dropped a huge vertical, maybe 4000', in a much shorter distance than we'd climbed up Rt 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon to get to the pass. Same area, we caught a peek of Mt. Timpanogos to the south, elev 11,752'. This is where we came from looking back west up towards Guardsman Pass from the Heber City area. Somebody's flying Old Glory for the 4th of July. We made an obligatory stop at the nearby Heber Valley Creamery for some fresh ice cream. Nice view of Timp from the creamery. Skipping forward about 50 miles this is a scenic overlook on Rt 150 about five miles west of Mirror Lake. We broke out our camp chairs and had a picnic here. The temperature was 66 degs. We probably picked the busiest day of the year to take this scenic drive, but up here social distancing was easy and beautiful. This is a panoramic shot, if you click on it, it will enlarge. Same spot, this view is to the west, we are probably at about 10,500' elevation. If you think the above views are nice, we also had Bald Mtn (left), elev 11,942', right behind us to the east. This is one of the many smaller lakes on the approach to Mirror Lake. It was an unbelievably gorgeous place and day for a drive. Another picturesque lake along Rt 150. This is the elusive Mirror Lake. We went down by its shoreline, but it was anticlimactic. It was so crowded there that we left without getting out of the car. This trip was about the journey, not the destination, anyway. Hayden Peak (elev 12,479') is in the left background. On the return trip we took a slightly different way home and instead of climbing back up Guardsman Pass we went past the Jordanelle Reservoir. I think that's Deer Valley's Bald Mtn to the right. I went swimming briefly in the reservoir at this spot where temps were about 85 degs, water maybe a brisk 72. Nice! This is back in the Holladay, UT area. That is Old Mill Golf Course. Temps were 95 degs at 5 PM. We had a nice drive and successfully escaped the heat. Total distance traveled about 220 miles. Later in the evening we watched a chaotic, but fun display of miscellaneous fireworks popping off throughout the Salt Lake Valley:
  11. Superpass again for me this season, from Cannon with the Pass Assurance ! Hopefully we dont need the stinkin Assurance !!!!
  12. I wish i wasn't so impulsive but bought my Epic NE pass two days after it was released. Turned out to be a week or so before the world fell apart. I wou l d have waited until November to see what happened. Or I would have gotten a Ragged pass with Icon once we knew what the season was going to look like. Oh well, at leased I'm getting credits for pass protection and 20 off from last season. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. Interesting, looks like Redskins might now change their name. After years of resisting the change the team owner just signaled today, 3 July 20, that they are taking a hard look at it. Some of their big sponsors like FEDEX and NIKE have requested a change - or else. I just googled the large list of other sports teams that had Indian-related names and what happened to them. Not only have most changed the sports teams nicknames away from Indian, Brave, Chief, etc., but many of these teams/schools have also dropped logos that depicted Native Americans in any way. I'm ok with dropping the term Redskin, but that last part is kind of sad to me because I always thought the Redskins had a noble, strong and inspiring Indian logo that I hope they can keep: Maybe change team name to Washington Warriors and keep everything else the same, or would that still be objectionable??? Question, is wearing this old jersey now the equivalent of flying a Confederate flag outside your house I really don't want to be targeted as a racist.
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  15. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows should be linked soon with a new base to base gondola, so just call the whole thing Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley and be done with it. Or maybe Tahoe Olympic Valleys.
  16. This is probably a preview of what Loon will get for their DH bike park once the Kanc8 is in. Pretty rad bike carrier system!
  17. I think I will be heading East in a week or two. Drove West on Jan 25, 2020. Time to go home. The current plan is to camp for three nights with my wife along the drive across the country and stay self-contained. Meanwhile, here are some Utah photos from the last half of June. This is on the Big Cottonwood Canyon access road about 4 miles up from the mouth of the canyon where the road gets pinched by cliffs. Took this photo while biking up there. No place for a car to stop here. Passed a cute little doggie-biker on the Jordan River Trail near Draper, UT. At a cemetery in Cottonwood Heights there are two interesting and heartwarming grave markers of twin brothers hanging out for eternity as best buds. They died about ten years ago just two months apart at age 64. Discovered this cute micro-park near mouth of BCC one day while biking. Went back later with wife to watch a pretty sunset here. Goat farm beside the Jordan River Bike Trail. That one little fella is playing on a skateboard ramp:-) Some nearby wildfires made for a very smoky day over the Wasatch on 28 June. Much clearer view from Ferguson Canyon water tower. The Great Salt Lake is about 25 miles to the west in the far center background. Pretty steep little bike ride to get up here. Finally got my picture taken with a really popular guy out here. They have his statue all over the place and nobody's messed with him as far as I know - the Sinclair Dino. We could both use a good face washing. Overview of the Old Mill Public Golf Course. Played it once, might try it one more time before I leave Utah. The golf course was named after this nearby historic mill, now abandoned.
  18. I love nature and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it is hard to find others who also love it near me so we could go out and hike or canoe or zipline or even just sightsee. So, I am currently building a website to help people find groups near them who meet regularly to just enjoy the outdoors together. If that sounds interesting, check it out here: www.webelong.xyz/nature And let me know your thoughts. Would welcome positive and negative feedback.
  19. @jimk I agree and I don’t know how trustworthy the redskins survey is. I just worry being to quick to accept a term as racist could blow harmless miss understanding into scandals and increase the amount of offended people. I think it would be great if words like Redskin, Squaw or N@$& could be clearly sanitized.
  20. The recent police protests and demonstrations for social justice have really brought these kind of issues to the fore. As an older person who grew up in the Wash DC area I have been a fan of the Redskins for over 50 years. It's probably been over 25 years since significant objections were first raised about the name of our football team. Back then I thought changing the name was a ridiculous idea. I and most Redskins fans always interpreted the name to mean a brave warrior who was ready to fight as hard as possible to win their battles. I viewed it as celebrating courageous Native Americans, not denigrating them. As a corollary, I am of Irish descent. I like the nickname for the Univ of Notre Dame sports teams. The Fighting Irish mascot represents determination, feistiness, and a nice touch of humor. I think it also refers to the historical fact that as one of the foremost early catholic colleges in America many Irish catholic immigrants sought to send their children there and/or were predisposed to root for the school's sports teams. Back to Redskins and Squaw Valley, in recent years I've become more amenable to a name change for the Redskins. Supposedly, our team owner polled Native American groups a couple years ago and they mostly still liked the name. But if you tell me most Native Americans are now offended by the word Redskin or the word Squaw, then go ahead and change it. It's a little thing. We have bigger things to worry about. I am a fan of social justice and the Golden Rule, but I am not a big fan of careless political correctness so these things should be addressed sensibly and fairly and not with knee-jerk reactions. It sounds like a very easy name change for Squaw Valley is to call it Olympic Valley, which is a term commonly used in the region already.
  21. Some Native American Tribes consider the word a slur for a Native American woman, but not the Algonquin, so I don't think anyone is coming for Big Squaw. https://www.tetongravity.com/story/news/squaw-valley-is-considering-renaming-to-remove-racial-slur
  22. Not sure this will apply to ski season, but Vail has decided to not open Sunapee's summer activities this summer. I don't take that as a positive sign (although Vail could have decided Sunapee doesn't do enough summer business and this could be permanent?)
  23. Here are about 20 photos from the first half of June 2020. These will illustrate some great diversity of terrain and activities available in early summer in Utah. I'll identify some of these photos as panoramic shots. If you click on them they will enlarge. These are a couple of shots from a favorite nearby county park called Dimple Dell. I like to bike and hike here and it's usually very lightly trafficked. It's a couple miles west of the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. On June 9th I did probably my last skiing of the season. There had been about a foot of new snow in the previous couple of days in the high Wasatch (rain down around SLC) and I went skinning at Alta. I climbed to the top of the Wildcat chair (~1200' vertical) and took a nice run from there. This is a pano shot. This is Bear Paw trail under the Wildcat chair. That is the Alta base area and Goldminers Daughter Lodge below. Selfie on Bear Paw. First time skiing in the month of June! On June 10th my wife and I made a looong day trip from SLC to Bryce Canyon National Park. It was about 550 miles roundtrip. Totally worth it. This is a pano shot of The Natural Bridge. Another pano shot, this is Rainbow Point, elev 9115'. And another pano. THE Bryce Canyon is in the center, upper Inspiration Point is to the right. This is a pano from Upper Inspiration Point. Had to climb about 250' vertical to get up here. Good thing I trained the day before at Alta:-) On the return drive we stopped briefly at Butch Cassidy's boyhood home. Snuck a selfie into this photo. It's not all fun out here. I spent quite a few days building retaining walls, walkways, and widening the driveway at my son's house in SLC. This included digging up and relocating part of his in-ground sprinkler system. On June 15th I took an 80 minute bike ride out by the Great Salt Lake. It's nice and flat there, but I choose a cool morning because it can also be very hot and dry. I'm pretty sure this buckle in the roadway happened back on March 18 when there was a 5.7 mag earthquake in Utah and the epicenter was about two miles from this spot. We felt a darn good shake and rattle for about 15 seconds at my son's house about 30 miles away that morning. On June 16th I went on a really fine hike near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, up a trail called Bells Canyon. It's super popular and always crowded. This weekday was cool and a little overcast and I started about 920AM and it wasn't too busy. I may have passed about 75 people in 2.5 hours. This trail has it all including passing by a nice reservoir about 20 minutes into the hike. I was told there was a beautiful waterfall a couple miles further up the trail and so I went for it. This was close to a five mile roundtrip hike with about 1500' vertical climb. It was steep near the waterfall, but it's an impressive falls with a lot of volume. There was a 100 yard cascade below this main drop. There was also a smaller drop above this big one. Next three photos are panos. Lengthy cascade below big falls. This is a view looking back up Bells Canyon on my return. There was more shade on this trail than most I have hiked in Utah. As I was finishing up the last half mile, enjoying the views of the valley and thinking I'd done alright for a fairly strenuous hike. Then this troop of about ten kindergarteners went by. It reminded me of times out here when I've been skiing a hard run only to have some young kids blow by me like it's a green circle trail
  24. The last two years at Greek Peek, they have had a boneyard in there former terrain park. They bought Windham's old summit triple, but have not installed it.
  25. @Cannonballer I think you convinced me to buy my Wildcat (Epic Northeast) now rather than wait. Saw this posted about opening of an Australian Epic resort: https://www.epicaustraliapass.com.au/passes/we-are-epic-together Not sure how much of this will happen here this winter.
  26. Very cool FC! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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