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The Double Down

Posted by Pierce | April 4th, 2007 | Filed under Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Who We Are

Springtime popped in Oregon last weekend and with it, the double down reemerged. The double down, by the way, is participating in two different outdoor activities in one day. Having just landed a job at Nau, following a brief stint of post-grad-school job searching, I have rejoined the ranks of weekend warriors. Given my new employment-driven time constraints, I have developed a renewed sense of urgency regarding weekend free time.

Mt Hood Kyla Pierce_1_sm.jpgFaced with beautiful weather and endless Gorge activities, I set my weekend goal on back-to-back double downs. Happily, I encountered an entire town with the same idea. Saturday, I dusted off my bike (literally) for a shuttle run ride and capped the day with this season’s first kiteboarding session. To my surprise 50 other people were kiting out in the 49-degree water and many of them had been snowboarding that morning. That night, at a bar opening, I heard numerous permutations of double downs, road bike/run, mountain bike/windsurf, and on and on…. I knew it was official: The double down was back in bloom.

Sunday morning, staring down the rest of the weekend, I felt extra motivated and bagged the elusive “triple downâ€? of snowboarding/mountain bike ride/soccer game”not to be outdone by my wife who got her own triple down of trail run/road ride/soccer game. Despite being outscored and generally showed up by my wife in our soccer game, I felt great about the weekend. Thanks to fantastic weather and willing friends I packed in five fun activities. And, following three cups of tea and a couple Advil, I managed to make my way back to work Monday morning.

3 Responses to “The Double Down”

  • April 4, 2007 at 6:42 pm | John says


    Welcome to life in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Packing in a few sports in a weekend is a way of life and it sounds like you’ve adjusted fast and quite well…Congrats on your new job with Nau and the move to the Northwest. Skiing, climbing, windsurfing and mt biking is what occupies my time and I couldn’t ask for a better place to live for that. Okay, there are better places to ski, climb and mt bike…not to windsurf though. When you put it all together, no place is better for the combination of it all.


  • April 12, 2007 at 11:40 am | Mike says

    The YoPro (Young Professional) speaks to us all. Thanks for keeping us young P-diddy.

    I hope you can get a ‘replay day’ in one of these days … drive down to Bandon Dunes and get 36 holes of golf on treasured land.

    Looking forward to see Nau stores in Newport.

  • April 16, 2007 at 12:18 pm | Pierce says

    Hi John and Mike,

    Thanks for your comments and input. Hopefully, I’ll see you on the trails, the course or the water.


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