Riding soggy southern Utah

Jerry Painter, left, and Tim Painter pose for a photo at the photo booth provided at the end of the Tour de St. George spring century ride on Saturday in downtown St. George, Utah. The background is fake courtesy of a blue screen. Those are not freckles on Jerry's face, but mud splatters courtesy of 30-miles of rain-soaked roads. (Courtesy of Jerry Painter)

I was talking to my Dad about the weather on Saturday with a bit of concern. A group of us were preparing to ride most of the next day in the Tour de St. George, and the weather was on our minds.

Twin Falls’ Dierkes Lake worth the drive

A rock climber works an overhung route at The Alcove wall near Dierkes Lake in Twin Falls on Saturday. The lake area is park of a city park that includes the overlook of Shoshone Falls. (Jerry Painter photo)

Saturday was one of those unusual Idaho spring days when the stars aligned, the clouds parted and the temperatures warmed up enough to allow some outside fun.

Heading south into summer

A climber is lowered off a route at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas last week. The area attracts hundreds of rock climbers each spring. (Jerry Painter photo)

I was sitting in the shade at a popular climbing wall at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area last week listening to a man from the Czech Republic describe the impact his voice had on children.

Be flexible to beat the late-winter blues

Julie Painter skis a trail from West Yellowstone, Mont., into Yellowstone National Park last winter. Because it's still full-on winter in the West Yellowstone area, trails are in decent shape. (Jerry Painter photo)

It seems to hit about this time every year. Late-winter blues. Blame it on the rain, icy slopes, hard-packed trails, limited sun, cabin fever or a grouchy spouse (oh, was it my turn to do the dishes?).

Finding critters near 7N Ranch

Racers cue up at the starting line of the first Moose on the Loose Winter Triathlon held at Harriman State Park on Saturday. The event consisted of a snowshoe leg, fat bike leg and ski leg. (Photo courtesy of Trever Turpin)

The first thing I noticed during Saturday’s cross-country ski at 7N Ranch were deer tracks. The tracks and trails went everywhere.

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