|Aaron LaRocque surveys the carnage|
So there I was. Wearing my 3 dollar blue polyester pants, bought at the Houghton Goodwill because I needed some bug protection, a tuque on my head because it was blowing so hard off of Lake Superior that I was cold and of course I was also sweaty and covered in mud. No big deal if you know me, I spend a lot of summer days in just this disheveled condition.
However this time I was standing in front of a large crowd and speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the IMBA Copper Harbor Ride Center. Funny how situations progress. I know why I was dressed like that. Because I had been shooting Andrew Shandro and Aaron Rogers mountain biking all morning and of course ended up in the wrong spot at the wrong time and could not make it home in time to change....
It was an insane week. Insane! I think I maybe slept a couple of hours all week and I certainly did my share of talking and drinking good beer as well.
|Houghton Airport pick up|
Our overall mission was to kick off the Copper Harbor Ride Center with a major media bang and to also participate in the Ride the Keweenaw event. To further that goal we were also joined by pro photographer Aaron Peterson (yes we had three Aarons on the trip....). The Ride Center Grand opening went amazing. A ton of folks showed up, we all had TV interviews and we cut the ribbon. Or should I say, Aaron chain sawed it!
|IMBA Copper Harbor Ride Center: World class trails, approval given by a world class rider: Shandro|
|Shandro in his element|
|Pete Karinen showing how its done on Flying Squirrel|
|The future of mountain biking. Keweenaw MTB talent|
|Smiling Paul Mayes, the biggest hitter on the Peninsula|
|Landing in Isle Royale...|
As a group we started off awkwardly working together but by the end of the week there was a definite connection between all involved. At least I felt it. I had heard about and respected Aaron Peterson's work for years and it was fun to shoot with him and get to know him. Between Aaron and The Rock, I was endlessly laughing as we all had a very similar sense of humor, which was good since while we set up shots we also battled an epic black fly outbreak. Head nets and bug shirts became the fashion and although Shandro and Larocque were a little hesitant to take them, once they hit the woods, they realized the protection they provided.
|Shandro heading "Downtown"|
|A-Rog on Stairway to Heaven|
|Shandro shooting Shandro|
|The big puddle|
|The Flow Trail|
|Heading for the Mariner|
|Tbone dropping in on TFS|
|Dont ask again!|