Scott Bideau

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Lake Mohave Camping & Kayaking

After my trip on the lower Colorado River a few weeks ago, we decided to visit Lake Mohave as a family for some warm weather, shoreline camping, multi-state kayaking, and even a campfire on what the kids deemed a “secret island.” This was one of our best camping trips yet.

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Kayaking the Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Colorado is a waterway that extends from Hoover Dam at Lake Mead and traverses through an otherwise dry desert with the El Dorado Mountains of Nevada forming one side of the canyon and the Black Mountains of Arizona creating the other. A recent drive to a conference in Las Vegas put me within 15 minutes of this unique wilderness, so I threw the kayak in my truck and set out for an adventure on the river.

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Grand Canyon Camping & Biking

Now that we live just 3 hours from the Grand Canyon, I was excited to finally visit one of the seven wonders of the natural world. We decided to camp just outside of the South Rim National Park area and brought the bikes along for some amazing riding.

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Goodbye Steamboat

“Came for the winters, stayed for the summers.” A common saying amongst Steamboat Springs residents. Many credit the “Yampa Valley Curse” from a Ute Indian leader who swore nobody could leave once they moved in. Ironically, our family is now leaving because of the winters.
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Tales of the Trail

And on the 8th day, God covered Steamboat in single track. Actually, the hundreds of miles in bike trails that we now enjoy in Bike Town USA comes from decades of planning, building, and maintenance – mostly by volunteers. Two people who have invested more than most in that process are Marc and Gretchen Sehler. I ran into them on the trail this week and learned a lot about our local biking history.

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Bike Town USA Ambassadors

This summer I’m joining a group of 12 other volunteers in the inaugural class of Bike Town USA Ambassadors, a program that puts experienced local cyclists on area trails to answer any questions riders might have.  Having completed my first official ride today, I am thrilled at the impact this program is sure to have.

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We Make a Life by What We Give

Winston Churchill once said that “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This idea was top of mind as I visited the Gates Foundation and pondered the magnitude of how Bill and Melinda are turning what they “got” into what they now “give.” When I posted this picture to  Twitter, I pledged to donate 100% of my income from the project to charities in my local community who have similar missions to that of the Gates Foundation. With the contracts now signed – I am excited to announce where that money is going.

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Help Portrait Steamboat 2016

I just returned from a 12-hour day at Help Portrait Steamboat. This year was our largest ever, serving over 110 people in a single day with free hair and makeup, a professional portrait session, and sending them all home with a framed print.  We also had a special visitor – Santa!

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Gardner Park Camping

Nestled in the far-east side of the Flat Tops Wilderness area up a rarely used backcountry road is Gardner Park Reservoir. There are a few dispersed camping spots close to the lake, which is now being regularly stocked with trout, and a vault toilet is nearby. As the photo above shows, the area is quite beautiful.

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Sheriff Reservoir Camping

Sheriff Reservoir in the northeast corner of the Flat Tops Wilderness is one of our favorite camping spots. It’s also one of the few areas where we will stay in an official “campground” since there are a limited number spots in a small loop very close to the lake. This makes launching a small boat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard quite convenient.

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