sparkler hunting

Anyone who knows me knows that my energy levels are not the most ... consistent. A lot of the time I'm flying HIGH. But there are times when the light from within is quite overwhelmingly mellow.


So. When the uber mellow takes hold of my spirit, and I'm feeling and behaving dark, I have to really consciously and delibertely go out and look for my sparklers.

Yes. The sparklers can usually be found at the top of the mountain.

The thing is, usually just the endorphins from riding and playing hard will help to ignite the inner fires. But sometimes, a little adrenaline is also required.

Towards that end, Michelle and I set up a ride date so that we could hit my mountain before the next storm arrived. The goal was to suss-out a new 29er pony for her, to clean a rock she had to nail, and for me to find a box of stinkin' sparklers SOMEWHERE ... out there.

We found ourselves on the top of the mountain, and I was still funked and moody. WTF? Really? Michelle told me to stop thinking.

Thanks, M.

Our little sparkler-hunting route found us climbing in gorgeous light, and on empty trails. Really? Along our way up the mountain and through the woods, M found a whole BOX of sparklers!

She started by just showing up looking as Hawt as humanly possible,

... then proceeded to absolutely NAIL one of her nemesis rocks:

See the bolt of brilliance pouring forth from that soul?

Yeah, one happy woman! And yes, we scream a lot, and loudly, when we clear the challenge. Wait til I get the vid put together... you will fall over laughing.

Me? I've already cleared everything on my mountain, riding it in both directions. I've cleaned it up, I've cleaned it down, I've just not cleaned it all in one smoove move.

So, I decided it was time to up the game a little and take an 'alternative line' that was 'bigger' (i.e., more committing) than the 'normal' line. And no, I didn't have to make new trail to accomplish this.

Scott M, this is for YOU! I know you wanted this line last time you were here. So now, you have to come back and ride it ;-)

First, I had to stop and look:

My hands were shaking a little! That felt good. The fire had finally started.

Then, I had to figure out how to line up the front wheel, because the second that front wheel got committed, I got committed: there was no easy way out after crossing the line.

A step to either side would have sealed the deal for both of my ankles.

And, walla!

Screaming and hollering ensued. So much so, I had to calm myself down by riding it twice more. Truly, it's just a move that required commitment -- more commitment than skill. But still. It was a lovely moment.

My little box of sparklers found, we rolled back to the trailhead illuminating the shadowed woods, which, oddly, we had all to our happy little selves.

Thanks, M. For a lovely ride date and sparkler hunting ride. Much needed.



Carey said...

super cool! Nice line, did you have to do a little wheelie for that move? Glad you found some stoke out there.

jessica moon bernstein said...

damn girl!

Ed said...

You won't catch me descending that line. I'll climb it but descending it scares me.

Very nice :-)


ScottM said...

You rode it!!! That's worth a sparkler or two, I'd say!

You should have posted the pic of me half committing to it and near-crashing. Haha.

Pretty sure another run on Bergen will happen this summer.

Love the 2nd to last pic... makes it look like a guaranteed pinch flat / rim dent!

Buzz said...

Gal dang girls!

YES! you are ROCK STARS!


Can I be a groupie??


Love that pic of Michelle pullin' with her core and flexing those girl guns in #4(the one after the finger!LOL!)... Damn! I've said it before..I'll say it again..'A Goddess'.

and yes...the drop over what looks like a knife edge was good..really good JJ....I want to think that I could do that..maybe...commitment..yes

I will practice...commitment...INSPIRED..thank you!



Dawn said...

Wow. Amazing. You are so right about committment. Placing your self square in the path of most resistance with everything you've got. Man, I really needed that reminder. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


When you go llokin for yr sparkle you sure pick the rock-fire to get that diamond.

Sent tingle through me what you did with *that* rock! Fah!!!

Now anothere thing, this post, really got under my skin...in and under....damn yr a sparkler JJ.

And Michelle, friends and who kick a-s-s MTB and our own a-s-s are their gems too....


I went and got me some ST today. Rightly or wrongly, I just gotta me, rib or not....

You.Never.Stop.WOWing me over here.

Crazy a-s-s JJ....S-a-s-sy...damn skills!


mindful mule said...

Glad you found your sparklers. Thanks for keeping us all sparkled up with great mountain/bike photos. I’ve neglected to comment for a while but here I am now.

chris said...

Impressive jenny. You got skilz!

sonya said...

You're soooo amazing!! Even if you don't see them, your sparklers are always burning bright!!

Cat said...

Wow! That was cool to see.