I made it into the Burbank airport yesterday with no problem and had a nice lunch with my friend Chainguy. It’s nice to be back in L.A. but I’ll never get used to the congestion of this city. Last night I had a delightful time at the Femme Fatale party at the Threshold clubhouse – it’s so nice to walk into a party where you know a bunch of people! Off to Palm Springs for a couple days to see friends and hike Mt. San Jacinto, then hoping to shoot some pictures later this week.
One nice bit of news is that I will be visiting Los Angeles again at the end of October and into early November, and I’ll be at the Club Fantasy party on November 5th! I’ve really missed those parties and it’ll be great to see everyone again. I’ll be without a car, which is tough in L.A., so it’ll be public transportation, occasional rental cars, and bumming rides off of friends. I’ll be doing a few photoshoots while I’m there, hiking my favorite mountain – San Jacinto, and generally enjoying the L.A. ambience, which I do miss, even though I complained a lot about it when I lived there. I’m really looking forward to seeing all my friends again – and palm trees!
Last year, crossdressing comedian Eddie Izzard ran around the UK, doing the equivalent of 43 marathons in 51 days. Holy crap! It boggles the mind that he could possibly do that! His doctors said that the effort could cost him his toenails…and his nipples.
I consider myself more of a hiker than a runner, but my buddy J. and I want to attempt the Pikes Peak Ascent Race next summer in 2011. To qualify for that you have to finish a half marathon, so I’ve been training the last couple months and we ran the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon this morning, which is held in a really beautiful setting in the mountains up along I-70. We both did pretty well; I finished in just over two hours, but man, that last mile was a bitch! I was never completely sure that I could run the full 13 miles but now that it’s done I find myself considering other races, though a full marathon would be really out of my reach at this point – I’d probably crap out around mile 15. The half marathon, though, with a few months of training, really is do-able for anyone who’s in moderately decent shape. It was a terrific morning and very exciting doing the race with probably close to 3000 other runners. But oh, my toes are sore tonight. No high heels for a few days.
I always apologize when I do these hiking posts, as I know most people checking out this blog are looking for tranny bondage, but hey, I’m always excited to have another summer with some strenuous activity ahead of me. My hiking buddy J. and I went out again Friday for our yearly hike up Pikes Peak and had a terrific time. We made it a night hike this time, starting at 12:30 AM and getting to timberline as the sun was coming up. It was really an awesome way to do it and we didn’t see a single blessed person the entire thirteen miles. A good friend met us up top on the road that goes to the summit and drove us down in her car, and when we got down it was already way too hot out to do anything else for the day. All in all, it was a terrific start to the summer and very memorable.
Okay, it’s another non-kinky hiking post today, though probably the last one till next summer
I read about this insane “Cactus to Clouds” hike on Mt. San Jacinto in Palm Springs, CA, a couple years ago and I wondered if I’d ever be up to doing it. Basically you start on the desert floor in Palm Springs and climb up over 10,000 feet of elevation gain to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, going from the desert to an alpine environment in one long day. This mothah is tough! The desert heat can be deadly so spring or fall are about the only times to safely attempt it (in winter the upper trails get dangerously icey). The trail is sketchy and easy to lose too, so I found a good group to go with – didn’t want to end up alone and lost in the desert!
One cool thing about Mt. San Jacinto is that there’s an Aerial Tramway at the 8000 foot level. So when you’re coming down, you just descend partway to the tram station and ride back down – covering in 12 minutes what took hours and hours to do on foot!
Well, this is turning out to be my summer of hiking. I was up in Lone Pine, California, the other day with my best friend K., and Monday I dragged myself up to the top of Mount Whitney, which is the highest spot in the lower 48 states, and by a strange coincidence only 85 miles away from the lowest point in Death Valley. It was an awesome hike and took just over 12 hours to get back down. The mountain’s really busy too and I probably saw about 300 people on it, including about 30 hanging out on top. Another amazing day!
I know most everyone who reads this blog wants to see trannies and bondage, not mountain vistas, but hey, I love hiking up Pikes Peak. This was my third year in a row with my good friend J. and we had a perfect day last Friday, with few clouds and no rain. The funny thing is that you hike along for 13 miles and feel like you’re going to die from the altitude, and then you get to the top and there are about a hundred people milling around from the train that runs to the summit, and you go in the station and buy doughnuts and hot chocolate. The return trip is nice, except for the last six miles or so when you’re so tired that you just want it to end – please! But it was a fabulous day.
The other day I hiked up to the Hollywood sign (not in my high heels). You can’t actually go up to the sign, as it’s all fenced off, but the path goes up above so that you’re looking down on it. I took a couple snapshots and got this interesting perspective that you don’t normally see. I put a couple shots together in Photoshop for a wide-angle view (there’s some distortion and obvious tilting, especially along the “Y,” where the two pictures meet). And a nice view of smog-covered Los Angeles below.
I’ve been back in L.A. a couple days now, and had a great time on vacation. When I was in the airport I spotted a display they had from someone who had collected lots of old-fashioned hatpins and make-up items. There was this bobbie pin package with this drawing on it – she’s pretty sexy! I love that dress and that tiny waist! A transvestite’s dream – I both desire her and want to be her, though her head’s a bit out of proportion
Also, like I mentioned, a friend and I went up and down Pikes Peak in one day. I was sore for days afterwards but it was the best climb I’ve done (the fourth time I’ve climbed it). Usually I feel ready to drop dead above timberline, and I just suffer my way up the last three miles to the top, but this time was much less strenuous. It was awesome, in the true sense of the word.
I don’t have any pictures from Pikes Peak but here’s a view of the West Spanish Peak out the car window that I did a few days earlier (the one on the right). It was pretty great too and not overcast like it appears in the picture.
Anyway, it’s good to be back, though I always feel a bit homesick when I’m again faced with the congestion and traffic and smog of L.A. It has its pluses, but definitely also has its, well, minuses. Back to work!
I’ve been having a great time in Colorado and am getting some good mountain climbing in. Yesterday I went up the West Spanish Peak with a good friend. It’s about 13,600 feet, so the air is really thin, but I love the dead silence when you’re up there and the view for miles all around. I’m going to try to tackle Pikes Peak, which is a bitch, on Tuesday.
It’ll be good to get back to L.A., though, later next week and get back to getting my ass tied up. I’ll be craving it good
We just finished up the Kinkster Hike a few hours ago and I had a really fun time. We had a decent turnout in the morning and had a good hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory and then a really nice lunch at the cafe, with several other people meeting us there. There was a lot of good conversation and people seemed to be having a good time hanging out and enjoying the view. It was a pretty hot day, so maybe planning this event earlier in the year might have been better, but several of us braved the heat in the afternoon and went the rest of the way up Mount Hollywood. I think all together some of us hiked about 5 miles. I love that feeling of being tired out and sore afterwards, with the endorphins flowing and that beautiful sense of well-being. I’m not sure if this will become an annual or semi-annual thing but it might, depending on the feedback I hear. We shall see. In any case, it was great for me, as I’ve wanted to do a group hike like this for years.
As many readers here know, I’m a big hiker and I just wanted to announce that I’ve been organizing a “Kinkster Hike” for Saturday, April 12th, at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, with lunch at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe. It’s going to be a chance for connecting and having fun with your fellow kinksters and is open to everyone – any kink, interest, gender or orientation in the bdsm and fetish communities.
It’ll also be a chance to get together out in the broad daylight rather than the night-shrouded parties we so often go to. Don’t get me wrong, I love those parties. This is just doing something new and different with people that normally I would never have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors with.
There are full details on where to meet on the website here. The hike to the Observatory is of moderate intensity and under a mile, and if you’re in reasonably good shape you’ll do fine. If you don’t like hiking, just meet us at noon at the Observatory and have lunch at the cafe. Afterwards we can check out the cool exhibits and continue up Mount Hollywood for everyone who wants to. Since there are families at the park, I recommend just coming in normal everyday hiking wear, unless of course you wear full leather or pink pvc 24/7. Myself, I’m just going to be in guy mode.
It’ll be a fun time and I hope to see you there!
Today I went hiking with a good friend up the 13-mile trail that goes to the top of Pikes Peak, which towers over Colorado Springs. I’ve done it a few times over the years but it seemed especially brutal today. Usually we would also hike back down, but my right knee was so sore when I finally dragged my ass up to the top, that we decided to take the cog railroad train back down. Not sure when or if I’ll be doing this again anytime soon. I always forget that people occasionally die hiking up tall mountains. Apparently lightning strikes and the occasional heart attack are the main risks here. Not that I was going to die or anything, but with the thin air and the stress of the constant uphill climb, I’ll be struggling along and can hear my heart beating really fast in my head. It can be a little unnerving to imagine something serious happening and being stuck above timberline with no way for anyone to quickly get to you.