Barn Burner

Flagstaff, AZ
June 2, 2012  7:00am
Presented by Landis Cyclery
Barn Burner is a 104 mile endurance mountain bike event. The course is a 26 mile loop, and is on Forest Service roads. The course is not technically challenging, and is considered a "roadie" mountain bike course...meaning it is beginner friendly(ish) and fast for those with more experience/endurance/EPO/whiskey. There are a few sketchy spots to keep you honest and climbs to make your lungs hurt a bit. All in all you are riding at altitude, in cooler weather, with cool people and camping out - what more can you ask for.

Race Photos
Cowboy: (1)- race by yourself, male/female
Loner (Solo SS): (1)- race by yourself, with 1 gear on bike, male/female
Partner: (2)- race with a friend (or foe), male/female co-ed
Posse: (4) - race with 3 friends, male/female, co-ed
Stage Coach: (2) - tandem, male, female or co-ed - trust is essential, pick your partner wisely!
Elevation Info -
7674 ft Start Elev
8110.0 ft Max Elev
1581.0 ft Gain

Take I-17N to I-40W to Bellemont Truck stop (exit 185). Turn right off interstate. Turn left on to access road at truck stop. Travel on access road +/- 1 mile. IMMEDIATELY after cattle guard turn right onto gravel road 171. Travel +/- 7.2 miles north on 171. Approximately 1 mile past Lava Cave road (which is on your right and the sign is hard to see) turn left (first left after aforementioned Lava Cave road) on to 812, there will be signage helping you from 812 in. Follow 812 for approximately 2 miles into the property (private). You will go through 2 cattle gates, after gate 1 stay to the left, after gate 2, stay to the right. Close the gates behind you
Take Hwy 180 past Snow Bowl. Turn left on FS road 245 (there is a wood sign on the right as you are headed west telling you about the road) This road is dirt and has many pot holes, drive safely. Follow this until you junction with 171 (it tees and you will have to go left or right). Take a left on 171. You will then take a right on to FS road 812, there will be signage helping you from 812 in. Follow 812 for approximately 2 miles into the property (private). You will go through 2 cattle gates, after gate 1 stay to the left, after gate 2, stay to the right. Close the gates behind you.
Camping fee
$TBD per car + 2 canned food item per person
$TBD per RV + 2 canned food item per person
*Canned food will be donated to St. Mary's food bank in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Frenzy

MBAA Race #6   
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Flagstaff Arizona 

Fort Valley Trail System
Directions to the venue:
Take US-180 W/N Fort Valley Rd (approx. 3.9 miles from Columbus Ave)
Turn right on NF-164B

There will not be a food vendor. Racers will need to bring their own. MBAA will provide water, Fluid, fruit and snacks

Camping is allowed around the venue area. Please note the venue area will not be setup until Friday afternoon May 18, 2012. If you are camped in the venue area, you may be asked to move.

*Important reminder from the Forest Service* Hi Jon, I just want to make sure that your group has been made aware that the Forest is now in campfire restrictions. No open fires allowed, and all smoking is to be confined to enclosed vehicles. Gas & pressurized stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed. And, as normal, the Ft. Valley Trailhead area and Forest Road 164B is an area where campfires are permanently prohibited. Thanks


BLACK LOOP - GPS Black (~12 miles) 
GREEN LOOP  Green (~3 miles)
RED LOOP - GPS  Red (~7 miles)

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Seal Rock Point

Also known as Casa Beach, is a small sandy beach located at 850 Coast Boulevard, at the end of Jenner Street, in La Jolla, California

A sea wall built in 1931 protects the beach from crashing waves, making it a favorite spot for divers and swimmers. Before the "wave wall" was built, there was a shallow water area between a large rock and a mainland bluff called "Seal Rock Point." The sea wall was built on top of several rocks, across the channel. It is topped by a paved walkway protected by railings.

Local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps paid for the sea wall project in order to create a Children's Pool, a place where children could play and swim protected from the waves. Ms. Scripps gave the completed project to the City of San Diego. The gift was confirmed by an act of the Legislature, signed by the Governor in 1931, which says that "said lands shall be devoted exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground, and recreational purposes", while specifying that the area should remain available for fishing
Seal Rock, 100 yards (91 m) north of the beach, has always been home to a seal population. The first mention by the city council of seals in the area was in 1992, when it was noted that the population of marine mammals and particularly harbor seals had been increasing over the past 10 years.
In November 1992 the city created a Marine Mammal Reserve in the Seal Rock area. The Reserve was created for a 5-year period and later renewed for a second 5-year period. The boundary of the reserve extended almost to the seaward entrance to Children's Pool. State agencies expressed conflicting opinions about the legal ability of the city to create this reserve.
In 1994 some seals were observed to haul out on Seal Rock but no seals were seen on the beach at Children's Pool, according to a report by the National Marine Fisheries Service. By 1996 twice as many seals were using the beach as were using Seal Rock. Seal pup births were observed at Children's Pool for the first time in 1999. The NMFS attributed the change to the increase in the local seal population, an increase which had been observed all over the west coast.
In September 1997 the city closed Children's Pool to swimming

 A Rust Hand Rail On The Sea Wall
 Stairs leading to Children's Pool Beach.

San Diego Zoo

Is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 4,000 animals of
more than 800 species. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda.

The San Diego Zoo grew out of exotic animal exhibitions abandoned after the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth founded the Zoological Society of San Diego, meeting October 2, 1916, which initially followed precedents set by the New York Zoological Society at the Bronx Zoo. He served as president of the society until 1941. A permanent tract of land in Balboa Park was set aside in August 1921, and the zoo began to move in the following year. Ellen Browning Scripps financed a fence around the zoo so that it could begin charging an entrance fee to offset costs. The publication ZooNooz commenced in early 1925.
In 1932, a San Diego county assessor hosted an auction to sell the animals to pay for the zoo's unpaid property taxes. The stunt resulted in no bidders and the zoo then fell under the city's ownership.

The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverses 75% of the park. There is an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo. The Skyfari was built in 1969

Exhibits are often designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with native plant life. Exhibits range from an African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic taiga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here. Many exhibits are "natural" with invisible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air moats (for large mammals).

The San Diego Zoo also operates the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which displays animals in a more expansive setting than at the Zoo. Animals are regularly exchanged between the two locations, as well as between San Diego Zoo and other zoos around the world, usually in accordance with Species Survival Plan recommendations.

The San Diego Zoo is one of the world's few major zoos to have almost all of its major exhibits be open-air; in fact, the only major exhibition building on grounds is the Reptile House

The cool, sunny maritime climate is well suited to many plants and animals. Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles, and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. As part of its gardening effort, it raises some rare animal foods. For example, the zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varieties of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas.