Sleddin’ in Steamboat

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Snowmobiling, Trips
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Finally the 2014 Sleddin’ season is here.  Nothing like rolling up to beautiful Steamboat, Colorado for a little snow therapy.

For anyone that has ever been to Steamboat you probably already know what I’m talking about and for anyone who hasn’t, this is a must for amazing riding of all types and there’s just something about the Champagne Powder.  With over 4 ft of snow already on the ground, we are off to great start for an epic season, well kinda, of course if you have spent enough time around Snowmachines (sleds) you know that something is going to break or malfunction.  Rough start to my good friend and riding pal Ben Bunte, who dropped a cylinder just as we were approaching the destination riding areas, but hopefully it won’t be long before he gets his new Ported and Polished Bikeman Motor Ski-Doo.

Pretty neat running into the Colorado Snowmobile Association film get together while in Steamboat, always nice to mingle with fellow riders and sledding enthusiasts.  Big props to Bent & Broken film productions out of Steamboat, great job on the film work, great angles and love the mash ups.

With any luck and a little bit of wrenching we’ll be back on the snow this coming weekend, storm chasers signing off till next time.


Straight from Anchorage, AK, meet Liz (my girlfriend) in Denver and it’s off to Ft Lauderdale.  That my friend is a long day in a plane for anyone, being 6’6″ 295lbs (ok 301lbs) lets just say it feels kinda cramped, not to worry you simply wear a smile and make the best of it.  However, so awesome to be able to join Liz’s dad Mark and his beautiful wife Arianne, at his retirement party.  “Congratulations to Mark for all your hard work and dedication.”  In the his words “On to more creative things” like writing kids books and art, stay tuned for these, they’ll be great I’m sure.

As you can see by the pictures below, we took advantage at being able to take a stroll through the waterways in Florida on “Gabriella” the boat.  Huge thanks to Alex for taking us out on the water and the one of the local Islands “Beer Can Island” for some BBQ, Beers and Sun in the Surf.  What a great time just relaxing in the surf and visiting with the locals.  Had my first taste of Slowed Cooked Boars Hind Quarter, which if you ever get an opportunity to try this do it.  Big thanks to Carlos for slow cooking this for 5 – 6 hours, the shot of Cuervo Tequila and for literally breaking bread, dipping it in the succulent juices of the slow cooker, yum, still makes my mouth water.


Congratulations Mark on your Retirement, you deserve it!  Enjoy!

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Left to Right – Mark, his daughter Liz and wife Arrianne

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Upon returning to the Slip, we went directly to a restaurant that served up some great Spanish foods, including delicious Tapas, Sangria and a specialty coffee drink, dammit I can not remember the name but than again we had a pitcher or two or… of Sangria, haha

We had so much fun visiting with Alex and his beautiful daughter Gabriella, here in the picture below.

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Alex, good chat about taking the boat to the Bahamas, we will definitely have to put our calendars together and make that happen.



Welcome to the Alaska State Fair!
Just awesome to be here back in Alaska and my home. So good to be here with my sister Mella, Kathi, Liz and friends, we just go done having a porkchop on a stick and some cheese curds, Im not much for cheese curds but the girls are loving them.  For anyone that has never been here the food is as good as they say it is, Salmon Clam chowder, elephant ears, Turkey Legs and corn fritters.  This is a real treat for me, I haven’t been to this fair  in 24 years, so good to be back.

Well time to go see the family in Wasilla, maybe do some blueberry picking with them tomorrow.  Hhmm, blueberry pie anyone?  Hopefully we will be able to avoid the bears and any other critters that may be roaming around.  Up next on the docket, salmon fishing, maybe some moose hunting, boating, hiking, sight seeing, animal tracking amount other things you don’t get to go everyday in Denver.



Sunset at the North Pole

This is one of the rarest picture that you will ever see in your life
when the moon was closest to the earth. The date the picture
was taken was Thursday, 13th May 2011.

Sunset at the North Pole

This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point last week.
a scene you will probably never get to see in person, so take a moment and
enjoy God at work at the North Pole.
And, you also see the sun below the moon, an amazing photo and not one easily
duplicated. You may want to pass it on to others so they can enjoy it.

The Chinese have a saying that goes something like this:
‘When someone shares with you something of value,
you have an obligation to share it with others!’
I just did …your turn.

Quick quality meeting, very excited to watch this next evolution.  Gotta keep my eyes on the larger picture while, taking care of some small details.  Time to reach out to some primed peeps who are in great positions to assist to their hearts content.  Gotta run, feel free to look us up on <a href=”; title=”Social Business Solutions”>Facebook</a>

Caio, Esk1mo



Haha, jj, but kinda not, this stuff is crazy.  I am having a hard time believing that I have just started really getting involved with this stuff.  I mean I have been doing SMN from a user side for some time, but know Im on the development side as a QB and this stuff is nuts.  As I share this stuff w my dad and business partners, there always seems to be a point where we are looking at each other and just shake our heads.

Dad – “This stuff is endless.”   Ben – “My head is spinning.”   Haha, I love it, cause my head is spinning too.

It will be interesting to see how all this plays out, if things even go half as planned we are going to be alright.

Head spinner today, starts with something that I have always tried to live by and that is, “Always treat people with respect and always treat people as equals.”  ( ill be the first to admit, I haven’t always been able to do this, but I try my hardest)

With that said, I am finding myself in situations where it is paying dividends, to still have these relationships and to have kept in contact with them.  I spoke with an old friend and former boss today, Andrew Ambrose, great conversation.  Andrew was and is the Master Web Developer at US West/Qwest and know Century something or another.

I gotta say everytime I learn more about his work, I am always extremely impressed.  Lets just say he is developing a entire platform that is like Facebook for kids, I got to play around on the beta version and its awesome.


I do believe we will be able to align on a couple different levels with regards to all this stuff and the feeling is awesome.  I don’t want to go “Secret” on you but I have to, funny how when you ask the universe for something and believe it delivers.  Gotta keep this momentum going, with all this stuff, I hope I am also learning how to stay focused, oh wait where was I going with this???

In the beginning…

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, here is the start to the journey.  Ringing in my head is “A journey of a million miles starts with the first step.” – author unknown to me.  I am not sure exactly where I am going with this blog, but I do know that I am going.  Ready Fire Aim seems to be the moto anymore and I have to say the results are coming along nicely.  I have definitely had some tremendous learning opportunities, that the nice way of saying I have stumbled, fallen, failed but continue to rise and compete again.  Good news is, in those learning opportunities I have actually done just that and learn a few things.  In my day dreaming, I find my self visualizing some of my mentors both in business and in life, that I have been so fortunate to be around.  I can here my basketball coach in college saying,

“Keep working hard and good things will happen.” – Coach Charles Bradley

“You need to be worried when I stop yelling and screaming at you.” – Coach Lonnie Porter

Its funny how at the time, I didn’t really grasp what they were saying, but I think I do now and something tells me that I will even more in the future.

I have to reflect on my family and friends who have laughed, cried, smiled, walked, talked, supported, loved and been there along side of me during my journey.  If you are reading this and you know who you are, it warms my heart to have you as family and friends and to have shared some amazing experiences with.  I say “thank you” (always look eye) and give you a hug, for teaching me so much about life, love and pursuit of happiness.  Expressing this part of my gratitude deserves so much more, it seems like I could go on here forever.  But instead, I think I will make it a goal and point to show my gratitude in person.

Much much more to come, today is the first day of the rest of my life.

martin esk1mo


I love this life.