Nocturnal rockhoppers spotted in Traverse City

8 10 2008

Rumors have been circulating for awhile that a small population of nocturnal rockhoppers exists in Traverse City. Several citizens claim to have seen their tracks on the rocks along and near the waterfront. City officials deny the claims siting no hard evidence of proof.

Intrepid trials rider and photographer Mark Hanson set up a camera with flash in an area identified to be extremely desirable to the rockhoppers. Before long shapes were seen moving quietly in the dark.  Mark fired off the flash and caught the rockhoppers in the act! Below are his photos of the evidence.

Caught in the act!  This rockhopper was caught completely by surprise with the flash.  In milliseconds he had fled the scene.

This rockhopper was caught completely by surprise with the flash. In milliseconds he had fled the scene.

Mark was lucky to capture this one on camera.  A bunnyhop at speed up the rock and he was gone.
Mark was lucky to capture this one on camera. A bunnyhop at speed up the rock and he was gone.
This one made repeated runs at this rock until he had hopped off and smoothly rolled off to his satisfaction.  Then he faded into the night.

This one made repeated runs at this rock until he had hopped on and smoothly rolled off to his satisfaction. Then he faded into the night.

 While they travel quickly over challenging terrain and seem to appear and disappear at will, they are not known to be a threat to humans.  Post a comment if you too have news of these elusive creatures.

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3 responses

9 10 2008
Greg Benedict

That is so awsome, great work on the pics and the headings are SWEET, i think we need to go in the day next time though and see who can get up the biggest one!!!

9 10 2008
Greg Benedict

oh i just noticed, were all ridin BRISA!!!

13 10 2008
2wheeltech

Your picture cracked me up – just like an animal caught in the beam of a spotlight. It inspired the headings. I’ve been back in the day and it rocks – literally. I’m planning on taking 2WT there this week.

JP

PS – yes it seems that the nocturnal rockhoppers all travel on the same unusual steed 🙂

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