Saturday, April 4, 2015

Alex's New Mountain Bike Route At Boca Reservoir



Song:  Calypso

Artist:  John Denver


This song kept running through my head as we rode along our mountain trail
(the wide meadow on one side of us reminded me of an ocean).

The coolness of the air...
and the freedom of the road...
simply made this song a perfect fit.

We both love our Saturday ride day.
Getting out into the mountains is just so refreshing.

This route at Boca Reservoir is less than 30 minutes from home.

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A quick note:
We have decided to remain here in Reno, NV...for at least the next few years.

After further research...
we realized the initial perceived advantages of a move to the Northern coast of California
would be nullified by the later learned disadvantages which would present themselves.

Alex will be doing graduate level math here at the University before he graduates
from his online high school.

It simply would not be possible for him to attend University 
and a regular high school in California. 

The advantage of Alex being in an online high school program here
is that he may attend any class schedule at the University of Nevada...
as we may alter his high school schedule on demand...
to fit any time slot, so we may prioritize his course work at the University. 

California doesn't accept online high school as part of its resident program.

Right now, Alex is finishing up a class on Multivariable Calculus at UNR (Calculus III)...
and he is registered for the Summer Semester at the University for
Differential Equations.

Alex's progress here would more than offset any advantages that being a California
resident would give him for entrance to the UC system.

Alex was looking forward to having a new adventure...
but he understands that his future must come first...
plus...
he knows that there is still so much natural beauty here to be experienced.



For this Saturday's Mountain Bike ride...
as it was a nice cool day in the low 50s and there was a very nice stiff breeze blowing...
on our way to our favorite beginner's route at Stampede reservoir...
we had seen this new route just off the Southeastern area of Boca reservoir...
and had decided to try it
(were it a hot day...we would have picked a much more shaded route).


We decided to try this new route.
It skirted the tree line around the mountains.


This was our beginning point.



Alex unloaded the bikes...


and I had him take the lead on our new route.


We had just rounded our first corner here...
and we could see the car.


As this trail is much more open...
we were treated to distant mountain views almost the whole of the way.






At one point...
Alex had hit this log in the road.

Although he didn't fall off...
as the bike canted to one side...
Alex hoped off.

We rested for a few moments...
and off we went.


This was our turnaround point.
Although the trail went on for many miles...
we are still getting in shape for longer rides...
so we decided to call it a day for this ride...
and headed back to the car.






Alex led us back to the car.



Our Calypso...
it takes us on our adventures...
far and wide.


Alex loaded up the bikes...
and we headed back home to shower...
and to go out to eat our Saturday after ride feast.


The main highway entrance is just beyond this point.


We are on our short drive back home.


After our showers...
we decided to eat at our favorite Japanese restaurant...
Momiji.


I had a melon cream soda.

In Japan...
they often serve this with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.

This reminded me of my early childhood in Japan.


Alex had Ramune.
It has the most unique stopper.
There is a glass marble which is forced into the top plastic.

The lid comes with a plastic plunger which is used to dislodge the glass marble stopper.
You can see it in the mid chamber of the bottle.


Alex ordered Gyoza for an appetizer.



Alex then ate Shoyu Ramen.



In this picture...
you can see a partially eaten slice of egg in Alex's ramen.

Alex doesn't like eggs...
however, I had told him that eggs are the most bio-available form of protein
in the standard diet...and as he is exercising with weights...
he needs to eat them from time to time.

He had agreed to take one bite...
but he didn't eat anymore of it  :)

The only other eggs Alex will eat is when his mother
prepares a special 'Oriental Eggy' plate for him
(scrambled eggs with scallions and with Memmi sauce on top).


I had a spicy sausage appetizer...
and Katsu Curry.

This is authentic Japanese fare.

We love coming here.
The food is well prepared...
and the price is very reasonable.

The food they serve here reminds me of Osaka, Japan.
I had many delicious meals there during my 1 year work stay
after I had graduated University in California.

Even though I had eaten out all of my meals...
there were plenty of inexpensive places which had delicious meals such as this.

On our way home...
I asked Alex if he wanted to do anything special on the morrow.

He said that he didn't.

By nature...
Alex is a homebody.

He loves to study...
and then to just relax at home.

I understand.

Alex also loves his solitude.







2 comments:

  1. Looks like you found another nice bike trail.

    Nice Japanese restaurant, too. My son doesn't like to eat eggs, either. If I make fried eggs, he will eat only the whites and not the yolk. Have you tried serving Alex okinomiyaki? If he eats his mom's oriental scrambled eggs, this could be another variation, mixing in some seafoods that he likes to eat.

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  2. Yes, my wife makes Okinomiyaki regularly. Alex and I love it. I bought Alex a protein drink for after his weight training days. He likes this much more...it is milk chocolate flavored :)

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